Spinach with Raisins – Why We Should Eat Spinach
Unlike many people, I don’t have any bad “spinach memories” from my childhood. And it is not because I liked it. It is because I didn’t have it at all for the first several years of my life.
When I finally tried it, I wasn’t impressed as it looked and – probably – tasted like boiled grass.
Luckily I was wise enough to give it a second chance. So when I tried pancakes with well-seasoned, slightly garlicky spinach filling, I felt it was the beginning of a long-term relationship.
This relationship evolved slowly.
At first, I would just have pureed spinach with béchamel sauce and garlic served either with pancakes or even – only but so yummy – with mashed potatoes and a fried egg.
After a while, to my small repertoire of spinach recipes, I added a spinach soup. And that was it for quite some time. That was it until I spent more time researching spinach attributes.
Probably we all have heard that spinach is a very healthy vegetable, but what does it really mean?
- Due to a wide variety of phytonutrients (polyphenols are one of them), spinach provides excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits, especially in the case of stomach, skin, breast and prostate cancer.
- It also has anti-oxidant properties that prevent (or at least lower the risk) blood-vessel related problems like atherosclerosis and high blood pressure.
- Spinach is an excellent source of Vitamin K, Calcium, and Magnesium that are key for maintaining healthy and strong bones.
- It is also a very good source of 16 other nutrients: Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E, Manganese, Folate, Iron, Copper, Potassium, Fibre, Phosphorus, Zinc, Protein and Choline.
So no wonder that this green leafy vegetable is on top of the list of nutrient-dense food.
Spinach with Raisins – A Very Healthy Vegetable in a Honeyed Dish
Realising how healthy spinach was, I decided to use it much more often.
But I also know that it deserves to be the main ingredient, like in the recipe below for Spinach with Raisins that I re-created from an excellent meal I had a few years ago in a restaurant.
I was first curious and a bit sceptical about the combination of all the ingredients, but as soon as I tried Spinach with Raisins, I loved it!
I had it as a warm starter, but it can also be a side dish that will be perfect with baked/roasted fish.
My spinach story is clearly a love story. If you haven’t started yours yet, please give spinach a chance with the below recipe. You will likely fall for the amazing taste of this Spinach with Raisins just the way I did.
To motivate you even more, I can say the preparation of this dish will take you a very short time.
And you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen except for the spinach. But the good news is that you can make it with fresh spinach, but it will taste equally good with frozen one.
This means you can stock on it and prepare this wonderful Spinach with Raisins whenever you have an appetite for it.
Spinach with Raisins [vegetarian]
- 75 g raisins
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 small onion finely chopped,
- 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced,
- 250 g spinach
- 100 ml double cream
- 1-1.5 tbsp honey
- salt and pepper.
- Soak the raisins in hot water.
- On a medium heat melt the butter in a big pot, add the onion and garlic and fry stirring for 2-3 minutes, till translucent but not burnt.
- Add the spinach and fry it constantly stirring until almost wilted; add the cream, honey, raisins and the seasoning.