Yes, spinach can be bland, like some other vegetables. And when it's steamed, it can be watery. But when it's topped with some simple ingredients, spinach can be invigorated so that it earns a soft spot on your palate. Low in calories and easy to prepare, spinach is worth the extra step. So think in terms of contrast – and, specifically, how to counteract the soft texture of the steamed spinach.
Things You'll Need
- Bread crumbs
- Butter or margarine
- Parmesan cheese
- Pine nuts
- Olive oil
- Yellow or red onions, chopped
- Apples, chopped
- Green onions, chopped
- Lime juice
- Sweet red peppers, chopped
- Red pepper flakes
- Garbanzo beans
Toast some bread crumbs in butter or margarine. Then add some fresh or dried Parmesan cheese and toss this light topping over the spinach.
Reach for the pine nuts, whose earthy flavor and crunchy texture complement spinach. Heighten the effect by toasting chopped pine nuts in some butter or olive oil before topping the spinach.
Elevate the pine nut effect to a new level by first sautéing some yellow or red onions in olive oil. Then add some pine nuts and raisins to the pan. To plump up the raisins, drop them in some hot water before adding them to the pan. If you can’t get enough of the sweet flavor – or the sensory thrill of merging the soft spinach with a little bit of crunch – stir in some peeled, chopped apples, too.
Alter the flavor by using cashews as a topping instead of pine nuts. For a Caribbean twist, consider adding some green onions, lime juice and sweet red peppers, too.
Try stirring in some cooked bow-tie or cavatelli pasta. Pasta alone may not make your spinach taste better, but the addition of some minced garlic and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes will. Add some garbanzo beans and cracked peppercorns for additional punch.
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