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Sunday, September 26, 2010
S is for Spinach
Oh my goodness, I am so excited about these two recipes. For real. I had a bag of spinach that I had neglected throughout the week and needed to use it asap. Spinach is, for me, one of those ingredients I could usually do without. I like spinach salads, but unless it's cooked with lots of other fatty goodness, I'm not a huge fan. I don't know how Popeye did it.
Anyway, these two recipes are amazing because they are super healthy, but super flavorful. They are both made in the blender/food processor. The pesto is so delicious, almost buttery. I didn't have any pine nuts, so I used raw almonds. You could also use this pesto over other foods, ie chicken, eggs, and whatever your little culinary heart desires.
The smoothie is a wonderful surprise. I honestly was a little hesitant to try it. I mean, spinach with a fruit smoothie? I had read about others making it, and I was curious. The result? It tasted like a frozen dark chocolate bar with blueberries. It's an amazing smoothie, because it has NO EXTRA SUGAR (que Hallelujah chorus!). It doesn't need it! You're not making a milkshake, you're making a healthy smoothie. The spinach is not noticeable at all. If I didn't know it was in there, I wouldn't have guessed it.
RECIPE 1: Spinach pesto
INGREDIENTS: -pasta (I just used whatever I had left in the box...) -4 cups fresh spinach -1/4 cup raw almonds (no pine nuts? gasp! I had to use what was in my pantry!) -2 cloves garlic -1/3 cup olive oil -1/2 cup parmesan -salt and pepper to taste
1. Cook pasta as directed.
2. In a blender or food processor, blend together the rest of the ingredients until smooth and all of the almonds have been chopped.
3. Pour pesto over hot pasta, top with a dab of extra Parmesan and enjoy.
RECIPE 2: power "green" smoothie.
INGREDIENTS: 1 cup frozen blueberries 1 cup almond milk (you can also use soy or cow milk if you would like) 2 cups fresh spinach 1 heaping tablespoon of cocoa powder