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Chew on this!

Mom always said, “Eat your spinach, it’ll make you stronger!”  That’s because spinach is a nutritional powerhouse, loaded with vitamins and minerals, some of which are hard to find in other foods.  Eating just 1 cup of spinach offers twice as much fiber as other greens!  That means that this dark, leafy green, which is currently in season locally, is a powerful disease-fighting antioxidant that’s been shown, among other things, to fight heart disease and cancer while reducing the risk of developing cataracts.

Head to a local farmer’s market – in addition to supporting local farms you’ll be ensuring your family’s health all the while enjoying the best the season has to offer.  Once home, wrap the spinach in a moist, not damp, paper towel, place it in a plastic bag and zip it ¾ of the way (this allows those nasty gases to escape and  keeps your greens fresher longer) then place in your refrigerators’ crisper.

As a starter to a meal – or as a meal itself – savor the delectable taste of spinach: savory, sweet, satisfying all at the same time!

Ingredients:

  •  2 (5 oz pkg) baby spincah leaves
  • Fresh cut Strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider-vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
    • Optional – Fresh cut Strawberries, sliced

Directions:

Place spinach in a large bowl; remove long stems and bruised leaves. Whisk together remaining juice, olive oil, vinegar, honey, salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Toss spinach with straw-berries and dressing. Divide between four bowls. Top with cheese and walnuts.

Bon Appetit!

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This entry was posted on June 2, 2012 by in Recipes, Tablescapes and tagged , , , .

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