it might be a hard sell to call creamed spinach sexy.
It doesn’t even photograph well. But it can be really comforting and heavenly when prepared well. And it’s a health bomb of a dish that’s easy to make and can be served in a variety of flavors.
Creaming the spinach makes it extremely easy to digest and breaks down the fibers and other anti-nutrients in raw spinach (like oxalates).
Spinach got some good publicity from the old Popeye cartoons. It made Popeye strong because it’s full of iron and zinc, minerals that fights fatigue, strengthen the immune system and are vital for muscle health.
But did you know that spinach is also off the charts in vitamin K? One 30 gram serving has almost 200 percent of our recommended daily value of vitamin K. That’s pretty sexy.
Just like vitamin D, most of us are deficient in vitamin K, and the two vitamins work together in the body. So if you’re deficient in either one, neither works optimally.
To remedy that, serve your creamed spinach with a nice vitamin D-rich piece of fish, like catfish or salmon, to get the ultimate dose of symbiotic nutrition.
While I’ve never been a fan of raw spinach because of it’s astringent nature (eating it makes my tongue and roof of my mouth feel like sandpaper), I’ve always loved it stewed in liquid and pureed.
Indian cuisine has the most delicious version of creamed spinach, served with a mild cheese called paneer. Here’s an Indian recipe for creamed spinach. You can serve it over cauliflower rice.
Another favorite way to prepare creamed spinach is with marinara sauces and canned tuna (there’s that powerful combo of vitamin D and K again!)
Simply saute onions and garlic in olive oil and add fresh or frozen spinach. Once it has began to cook down, add your marinara sauce. I use 4 ounces of sauce per 1 pound of spinach. Then add a can of tuna packed in olive oil.
After stirring and letting the spinach cook down till it is soft and wilted, you can puree it in a regular blender, hand blend it or eat it as is.
Here’s another Italian recipe for spinach, nestled in a bed of Portobello mushrooms.
This dish just begs for improvisation. If you like Thai food, you can cook it in coconut milk and mix it with Thai curry spices. Add some shrimp for a complete meal.
Creamed spinach in bone broth
This might be the healthiest version of creamed spinach yet, with gut healing bone broth. I added spicy pork sausage for extra flavor. Feel free to add your leftovers from last night’s dinner to creamed spinach.
I added half a cup of spaghetti squash to my dish, before I creamed it. It added even more texture and flavor to the dish.
The dish I made last night was also sexed up with garlic, onions, tomatoes and hot peppers. The secret to the creamed consistency is using this Cuisinart Smart Stick 2-Speed Immersion Hand Blender. It’s one of the best kitchen appliance I’ve purchased for it’s ability to blend soup right in the pot.
I hope you enjoy my easy, healthy, tasty, crazy sexy spinach invention.
- I pound of fresh spinach
- ¼ cup of cubed spicy sausage (mine was precooked Portuguese sausage)
- 1 fresh tomato, chopped into cubes
- ½ onion, diced
- 3 cloves of garlic
- ½ cup of bone broth
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- sprinkle of parprika
- optional:1/2 a Serrano chile diced
- optional: ½ a cup of cooked spaghetti squash
- Saute onions until translucent
- Add in chopped garlic and saute till fragrant.
- Add in spinach and stir until it starts to wilt.
- Pour in bone broth and simmer for a few minutes.
- Add in chopped tomato and sprinkle with spices (add in spaghetti squash or other leftover veggies)
- Let simmer for 20 minutes on low as bone broth evaporates, stirring occasionally.
- Puree spinach by transferring to blender or in the pot with a hand blender.
- After blending it, add chopped sausage.