I grew up with Popeye on TV, though in our house, admittedly, it was in black & white. Popeye got his strength from spinach and I suspect there’s an entire generation of children who grew up associating spinach with strength and Popeye. (Of course my entire image of Popeye was ruined by Mad Comic, but that’s not really relevant!)
Spinach isn’t one of those vegetables that I eat that often. I don’t know why, but it never quite made it on to my list of “staples”. You’ll always find pasta, tuna and tomato in my kitchen, but spinach (in any form) is usually absent.
Over the last couple of weeks, however, it’s been an ingredient in several recipes that I’ve prepared and I have to say I really like it. You can cook it in a number of ways and add it as a simple vegetable side or combine it in sauces.
But, more importantly when you’re on a diet, it’s really really good for you. Spinach contains oodles of vitamins (A, C, E and K), as well as being a good source of iron and calcium (odd that!), so not only does it taste good, but it also does your body good!
I’ve found it fresh, in tins or as frozen balls. The frozen balls are handy if you just want to add a “taste” and are cooking for one. A full tin won’t kill you, but I know it’s not to everyone’s taste.
I like it anyway 🙂