Another meatless Czech traditional meal.
As it seems we have a lot of meatless recipes in our traditional Czech cuisine. Creamed spinach is simple and very easy to make a meal we all grew up on. Some people love it some cannot stand it.
As you know Spinach is a great source of phytonutrients (antioxidants) protecting our cells, vitamins and minerals. Dark, leafy greens like spinach are important for skin, hair, and bone health. A 100-gram serving of spinach contains 28.1 micrograms of vitamin C, 34 percent of the daily recommendation. Protection of your cells, source of Calcium, magnesium, Pottasium and Vitamins. WARNING: If someone is taking blood-thinners, such as warfarin, it is important that they do not suddenly begin to change the amount of food they eat containing vitamin K, which plays a large role in blood clotting.
A plate full of superfood.
You can use spinach leaves in many forms.
Add spinach to pasta, soups, and casseroles.
Lightly sauté spinach in a small amount of extra virgin olive oil. Season with freshly ground black pepper and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Add spinach to a wrap, sandwich, or flatbread.
Make a dip with spinach, such as spinach and artichoke dip or spinach and goat cheese dip.
Add a handful of fresh spinach to an omelette or scramble, or throw a handful into a smoothie.
Or make a creamed spinach sauce.
Creamed Spinach Sauce with Gnocchi and Halloumi
Ingredients: serves 2.
250g potato gnocchi Recipe HERE 4 cups of loose-leaf spinach (200g ish) or about 1,5 cups of frozen loose-leaf spinach (200g) 100ml cream or coconut cream 4 cloves of garlic 1/2 onion salt nutmeg Halloumi 100g A hardboiled egg (optional) 1 tsp of oil for frying Blender or blending stick Method: Pan-fry onion on a 1 tsp of oil, once sauteed (about 2 min) add crushed garlic and fresh loose-leaf or frozen spinach, a pinch of salt and nutmeg. Sautee everything for 5 min. Add cream and sautee for another 5 min. Transfer into a blender or into a bowl to use blending stick. Puree until smooth and creamy. Add salt if needed. Meanwhile preheat the second pan and on a dollop of butter crisp up gnocchi. And grill your halloumi. To serve. Pour spinach sauce into a bowl or onto a plate, add the gnocchi, grilled halloumi and egg if using. TIP: You may subsidize some of the spinach with silverbeet green leaves. You may substitute halloumi for grilled tofu, to make it vegetarian/vegan friendly.