Cooking with Spinach - Cardinia Community Kitchen

 
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Popeye loves it and so will you. Our feature vegetable for the second Cardinia Community Kitchen. Read on for facts about spinach, links to the featured recipes at the demo, plus 4 videos for this very green vegetable.

Facts About Spinach

  1. Spinach originated in Persia over 2000 years ago with Arab traders introducing it to Europe late in the 12th century.

  2. Spinach is used in Indian, Chinese, Italian, French and Middle Eastern cuisines, and seeds arrived in Australia on the ships of the first fleet.

  3. Use it raw in salad or smoothies, or you can steam, saute and stir fry. Plus it is used in so many different dishes from soups, stews to baked items.

  4. Spinach is an excellent source of vitamins A, B2 and B6, C and K (important for helping your blood to clot).

  5. Spinach contains minerals such as iron, potassium (which helps to regulate blood pressure) and manganese (involved in the regulation of brain and nerve function).

  6. Spinach contains dietary fibre, which is important for a healthy bowel

  7. Spinach should have bright, fresh, dark green leaves. Avoid wilted, yellow, damaged or blemished leaves.

  8. Spinach should be stored in a vegetable storage bag in the crisper section of your fridge and will keep for a few days when stored this way.

Recipes

Pop over to our Facebook Page for our 7 recipe cards from Cooking with Spinach demo.

  • Spinach Smoothie

  • Spinach & Pea Soup

  • Spinach & Feta Fritters

  • Spinach & Rice Balls with Tomato Sauce

  • Spinach & Veggie Frittata

  • Green Patties for BBQ

  • Silverbeet & Cheese Meatloaf

Further Information

Better Health Channel

Funding Sources

Cardinia Food Movement acknowledges Ripe for Change for funding the Cardinia Community Kitchen Initiative.