Simple Sauteed Spinach & Garlic Recipe
Farm Fresh Spinach
Did you know that spinach really is strong to the finish in the fight against disease? The mounting evidence in study after study, acknowledges that Popeye had it right all along.
Spinach has the muscle to fight off disease because of it’s rich, green chlorophyll and wide variety of phytonutrients and carotenoids. Micronutrients like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants make spinach one of the best sources of magnesium, iron, vitamins B2 & B6, folate, calcium, potassium, vitamin’s K, E & A, manganese, and copper!
Sauteed Spinach doesn’t skip a beat with a whopping 704 mg of heart healthy omega-3’s per cup (190g). Making this farm fresh recipe comparable in omega-3 fatty acids to a full 3oz serving of Wild Atlantic Salmon. Omega-3s play a critical role in regulating inflammation and brain function. Foods rich in Omega fatty acids, like spinach, decrease disease, slow aging and even help ward off major depression. Spinach can offset the damaging effects of carcinogens by half and can regulate chronic inflammation & autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s and multiple sclerosis.
By sauteing spinach, you are able to benefit even more from it’s anti-inflammatory effects and retain the total carotenoid content, according to a recent study noted by The Worlds Healthiest Foods. However you choose to “eats me” spinach, you are sure to be strong to the finish because of the way these powerful nutrient groups come together in spinach in unusual amounts!
Simple Sauteed Spinach & Garlic Recipe
3 cups Sage Mountain Farm Spinach
3 Organic Garlic cloves (with greens, as available in your CSA)
1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Handful of Organic Broccoli florets (optional)
1 1/2 cups of organic long grain rice
1. Begin by starting your rice.
2. Remove the stems from your spinach, then wash by submerging in a bowl of clean, tepid water. Move the spinach around in the water to dislodge any dirt that might have come home with them.
3. Loosely roll the leaves and slice at inch widths.
4. Drizzle Olive Oil into your cooking pan and warm on low.
5. Add spinach and freshly minced garlic, keep heat on low.
6. Slice a few extra garlic cloves & add casually chopped broccoli to pan. Stir, continue to heat on low to retain nutrients.
If you love highly nutritious garlic like me, go heavy on the “few” and include garlic’s allium greens! Garlic has been revered since ancient times for it’s medicinal qualities. Today, we discover through scientific studies that garlic contains as many as 40 outstanding compounds, and that “any number combination of them may be responsible for it’s healthfulness,” says Matthew Budoff, M.D., a professor of medicine at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute who studies the effects of garlic on cardiovascular health. Budoff says that garlic shows a 10% reduction in cholesterol and a 3 to 8 point drop in blood pressure, according to Consumer Reports.
7. Mix these brilliant flavor combinations and continue to saute on low until done. Plate over rice…
Give thanks…. and enjoy!
Farm Fresh Greens Storage Tip:
The best way to store your freshly harvested farm greens is in an air tight zip-lock baggy. Make sure your greens are dry (when in doubt, include a dry paper towel in the bag). Never rinse greens before storing. Tightly seal greens in the baggie, while compressing all the air out with your hands. I have found that the good quality zipper type storage bags work the best and is one item I don’t skimp on! Store in your refrigerator drawer with other dry items. Moisture is great for storing veggies like carrots, but are sure to reduce the storage life of your greens. When done right, your farm fresh greens stay fresh!
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