The health benefits of spinach include lowering cancer risk, reducing blood pressure, improving bone health, lowering the risk of asthma, and improving blood glucose levels in people with diabetes,
Spinach is packed with nutrients, including protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, Vitamin A, folate, vitamin K, fiber, phosphorus, and thiamine.
It can be used raw in salads, or incorporated into a number of healthy dishes.
The next time you’re looking for a simple, satisfying and hearty meal, try adding spinach to whole wheat pasta.
Following package directions, boil 1/2 pound of whole wheat pasta.
In a non-stick skillet, add 1/4 cup of olive oil. Mince several cloves of fresh garlic. Heat the oil on medium heat. Add the garlic, being careful to keep stirring. Don’t allow it to turn brown as it will become bitter. This process will take 30 seconds to one minute. Add 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. This creates a silky, smooth sauce. Keep stirring until the water is reduced and the sauce thickens. You can also add 1/4 teaspoon of dried red pepper flakes if you like a bit of heat. Add 1 to 2 cups of fresh spinach and stir. Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and check often. When the spinach is reduced and the sauce is not watery, add some fresh ground black pepper. Drain the pasta, add the sauce, and stir. Top with Parmesan cheese.
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