The Real Reason I Love Spinach

September 20th, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Vegetable Lovin'

Have you ever listened to someone go completely overboard when they talk about their love of spinach?

I have. I’m sure I’ve done it myself. I’ve probably done it right here on this very Internet.

Oh I just LOOOOVE spinach!  I put it in smoothies! I wear spinach in my hair! On purpose!

Spinach is sooooo good for you that I can’t help but use tons of exclamation points and extra vowels when I write about it!!!!  I love spinach so much that we go for long walks on the beach and write romantic poems and naughty limericks to each other.

Spinach and I are going to get married and I will carry spinach in my bouquet and people will throw spinach at us as we walk down the aisle and then go off to grow lots of baby spinach together.

Whatever. There are two reasons I love spinach, plain and simple:

spinach in a veggie omelet

1. Giant handfuls of spinach wilt into practically nothing upon cooking.

2. You can barely taste it.

This makes spinach the perfect gateway green for green leaf newbies. And this also makes spinach the perfect way to get something green into yourself when you don’t feel like a eating salad or making a smoothie or writing a poem or limerick or doing your hair.

Spinach rules.

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8 Responses

  • i ALWAYS have spinach in my house – frozen or baby, usually

  • Daniel says:

    I like spinach, and other hearty greens, because when sauteed or cooked down, they get this thick, chewy, meaty texture that works great in wraps or sandwiches. Spinach sauteed in a bit of olive oil and garlic on top of some crusty whole wheat bread, hummus and onion (or preferred vegetable for crunch) – fantastic.

    The pretty green hue it gives smoothies is always fun too. 😛

  • Oh man, “thick, chewy, meaty texture” totally makes me think about how much I love kale in soup.

    Hmmmm… The Real Reason I Love Kale – coming soon to a blog near you.

  • Heather says:

    do you have any tips for buying it on the cheap? do you usually buy fresh or frozen?

  • Frozen spinach is probably the cheapest way to go and works great in just about anything but tossed salad – like soups, smoothies, omelets, stir frys, etc. I usually buy fresh, organic baby spinach an pay about $5 for an 11 oz pre-packaged container and can make it last a few days. Frozen spinach probably is closer to $1 a pound.

  • Cindy says:

    I just re- kindled my love of wilted greens this weekend so now I love spinach (or salad mix) even more.

    you know when you realize you won’t be able to eat it all fresh…

    into the pan it goes!

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