Tuesday, March 27, 2007

*you gotta eat your spinach baby*


"You've gotta eat your spinach baby
That's the proper thing to do
It'll keep you kind of healthy too
And what it did for Popeye it'll do for you

You've gotta eat your spinach baby
It'll give you lots of TNT
For whenever you're caressing me
Cause you'll need lots of vitamins from A-Z
You've gotta eat your spinach baby
If you do you can't go wrong'
Cause it's gonna make you nice and strong
And the stronger you are the longer you'll live
And the longer I'll have to love you

(Shirley Temple)
A dark green leaf vegetable with slightly bitter taste is a rich source of vitamin A, C and iron. Depending on the variety the leaves can be flat or curly (called savoy). Dishes which end in "a la Florentine" have spinach as a key ingredient.plural: spinach
Season: available year-round
How to select: Available year round, but peak local season is May to August. Select bunches with crisp, dark leaves. Avoid limp bunches and yellowing leaves. Thin stems are also preferable over thick stems which indicates the spinach has been overgrown. Spinach may also be purchased canned or frozen.
How to store: In a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 3 days.
How to prepare: Often gritty, spinach must be thoroughly rinsed, but only do so right before cooking. boil, puree, saute
Matches well with: anchovies, bacon, butter, cardamoom, carrots, cheese, chiles, chives, cream, cumin, curry, eggs, fish, garlic, ginger, ham, hollandaise sauce, horseradish, leeks, lemon, lemongrass, mint, mushrooms, mustard, nutmeg, nuts, olive oil, olives, onions, oranges, pepper, raisins, sour cream, soy, sugar, tarragon, tomatoes, vinegar, yogurt
Nutrition Facts Calculated for 1 bunch

Calories 78 Calories from Fat 11
Amount Per Serving %RDA
Total Fat 1.3g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.2g 1%
Polyunsat. Fat 0.6g
Monounsat. Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 268mg 11%
Potassium 1897mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 12.3g 4%
Dietary Fiber 7.5g 29%
Protein 9.7g 19%
Vitamin A 31881mcg 637%
Vitamin B6 0.7mg 33%
Vitamin B12 0.0mcg 0%
Vitamin C 95mg 159%
Vitamin E 6mcg 21%
Calcium 336mg 33%
Magnesium 268mg 67%
Iron 9mg 51%
(from http://www.recipezaar.com/library/getentry.zsp?id=301)
obviously, i'm eating a nice big plate of it.

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