Spinach – HTV https://htv.com.pk Thu, 26 Nov 2020 09:38:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 Oh-so-Scrumptious Spinach Dishes You Need To Try! https://htv.com.pk/healthy-recipes/spinach-dishes-you-need-to-try Fri, 05 Oct 2018 13:04:18 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=40109

Spinach is a super food that contains an insane amount of good-for-you nutrients. Considering the fact that it is a cheap, easily available and easy to prepare vegetable, it is not used as often as it should be in our regular diets. Need to be convinced? It is rich in iron therefore improving the function […]

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Spinach is a super food that contains an insane amount of good-for-you nutrients. Considering the fact that it is a cheap, easily available and easy to prepare vegetable, it is not used as often as it should be in our regular diets. Need to be convinced? It is rich in iron therefore improving the function of your red blood cells and the quality of your blood, it is a great source of the vitamins K, A, C and B2 and it is rich in manganese and magnesium. This all translates to: great blood, great skin, great bone health and extra energy. They also contain anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties.

If all this isn’t enough to make you run to your grocery store and stock up on spinach, we’re giving you 5 delicious reasons to do so!

1. Chicken and Spinach Lasagna

spinach lasagnaThis dish is an immediate hit at dinner parties, family members of all ages and potlucks. It’s completely alright if you decide you want to keep it to yourself and not share (we may have done that once or twice). There are three basic steps to this dish: the chicken, the spinach and the sauce. Marinate chicken breasts in your favorite spices and grill until they’re cooked through, cut into even slices. Next, prepare the spinach by boiling it for not more than 7-8 minutes. Add a bit of butter, salt, pepper and a touch of milk and blend until smooth. Now the sauce: this is your basic white sauce- butter, flour, milk, salt, pepper and some cream to get a lovely consistency. Now place your boiled lasagna noodles in a dish, top with half the spinach, chicken slices and sauce; repeat. Cover the top with lots of cheese and olives and bake until its golden. Try it now, thank us later.

2. Spinach Smoothie

Spinach is an excellent addition to smoothies for a filling snack or a breakfast-on-the-go option. You can virtually add it to anything: apples, bananas, papaya, blueberries, strawberries, oats, and many more.

Our recommendation: Add a handful of baby spinach to pineapple chunks, coconut milk, 1 tablespoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon – so darn good!

3. Palak Paneer 

palak paneerSpinach and paneer is perhaps the best combo in vegetarian cuisine and this mouth-watering dish is surprisingly easy to prepare. Cut some paneer/cottage cheese into medium sized chunks and fry them in small batches; remove and keep aside. Blend some boiled spinach with salt, pepper, green chilies and 1 tomato. Now sauté one finely diced onion in olive oil, add in the spinach with a dash of red chili powder, ground cumin and cook until aromatic. Stir in half a cup of cream (or milk) and add the fried chunks of paneer. Serve with naan. Brb, we need to go make this NOW!

4. Spinach Pesto 

Pesto is traditionally made with basil leaves and toasted pine nuts but this version is equally delicious. Blend baby spinach, basil leaves, toasted walnuts, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil until it reaches a smooth consistency. Use it as salad dressing, on toast, with grilled chicken or toss it in some pasta- it tastes divine however you choose to use it.

5. Spinach and Artichoke Dip

spinach and artichoke dip

This dip is found in almost every relatively ‘high-end’ restaurant’s menu in the appetizers section and we can safely say that we have tried almost every restaurant’s version of this creamy dip. It is simple to whip up at home and it tastes so good that no one will believe it’s homemade. Sauté some chopped spinach in butter and garlic, add finely chopped artichoke hearts (easily found in tins in all major grocery stores), 3 tablespoons of cream cheese, 3 tablespoons of sour cream, throw in some mozzarella cheese (for that cheese pull, of course) and season with salt, pepper and dried basil. Top with a mixture of bread crumbs and parmesan cheese and bake until you have a crispy, golden top. Serve with crostini, toasted pita, chips, salted crackers or you know, a spoon.  

 

 

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Spinach to Cure Arthritis https://htv.com.pk/nutrition/spinach-to-cure-arthritis Tue, 05 May 2015 12:26:41 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=7843 Spinach to Cure Arthritis

A lot of foods are available in the market but the best are those that are just right for you.

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Spinach to Cure Arthritis

This is a versatile food. It can be eaten raw in a salad or a spinach smoothie. Or it can be and eaten as a dish on its own or added to soups and other dishes. If boiling, use the least amount of water possible for the shortest time. You can incorporate this leafy vegetable in anything that you like from pasta to you salads or even your sandwiches too. This is a must have for your nutritional benefits.

Health matters a lot and eating healthy helps you towards a healthy lifestyle, an intact body and all your vital organs working properly, helping you to live a healthy life. What you eat helps you replenish any absent nutrients, providing your body with the right kind of nutrients in order to boost your levels of energy and ensuring that your organs work fine enough to help you perform your daily tasks and thus enabling you live a healthy life style. Health is taken care off always, in order to do so you must eat healthy stuff.

A lot of foods are available in the market but the best are those that are just right for you. Among all the vegetables, spinach has always been known for it good nutritional value.

There is much knowledge regarding this green vegetable, most famously as the source of Popeye’s strength. When faced with the sight of trouble, pipe-smoking sailor-man Popeye would burst opens a tin of spinach. Once consumed, his biceps would bulge and his new found strength would see him overcome his enemies.

Although there is definitely lots of goodness in those leaves, the legendary statue Popeye bestowed on it is slightly inflated. Those cartoons well in fact depicted spinach quite right. All the attributes that spinach has are health friendly. Thus this veggie right there is a good friend of yours helping you to straighten your organs a great deal.

Nutritional Value

Spinach constitutes of high levels of vitamin A thus providing you with the wonderful immunity boosting, vision protecting and skin enhancing abilities. Now that is the power of this green leaf.

Spinach constitutes of a whooping amount of calcium and vitamin K and a cup of cooked spinach has as high as 12 percent of the daily recommended calcium so now we have a tough competitor of milk, which has enough calcium to prevent any bone losses.

Health Benefits

Spinach contains a good amount of glycolipids thus enabling you fight the development of the tumors and also prevents arthritis.

Spinach thus proves to be a great source of anti oxidants, nutrients which prevent inflammatory diseases, calcium which makes our bones stronger and also vitamins which do wonders to our vision.

Spinach has also been known to improve the levels of your muscle efficiency thus making you stronger.

Spinach contains a lot of iron too and thus contains as much iron as beef. But studies have shown that our body absorbs easily from beef while not so easily from spinach or other plants. Thus it is important to have a portion of beef weekly or as per your nutritionist suggest you.

Precautions

Taking in the raw leaves of spinach might not be safe for your health and chances are that you might take in the harmful pesticides and the bacteria even if wash the leaves thoroughly. It is therefore important to cook the leaves before you plan to feast on them.

Cooking the leaves for about four minutes would kill almost all the bacteria but if you wish to retain the color and texture of the leafy green then you might cook it for about two minutes or so but it would kill only 99 percent of the bacteria.

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