Thursday, 12 November 2015
Cream of Spinach
Cream of spinach like never before. I was craving cream of spinach and somehow artichokes came to mind. So together they came.
When you here the word cream we know it's loaded with unwanted fat, cholesterol and calories but you can certainly make a cream dish without all that. It's simple. Check out what makes this dish so creamy good.
3 handfuls of spinach
2 cups loosely packed kale ( if you don't like kale or its texture just use more spinach )
1/4 cup chopped onion
6 1/4 pieces of artichoke hearts ( in oil or water, I used in oil )
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk ( or one of your choice )
2 large cloves of garlic
1 tsp dried dill
1/2 tsp salt ( or salt to taste )
1/2 tbsp arrowroot powder ( or thickener of your choice )
*use organic when possible*
Yields approx 2 cups
Chop onion & kale
Add onion to a hot pan with a little oil and sauté till translutant, now add the kale and sauté for another few minutes till kale turns a bright green. Add approx 1-2 tbsp water and now add the spinach. Stir until spinach is wilted.
In a mixer ( I used my mini kitchen aide ) add artichokes, garlic, dill, milk, salt & thickener.
Blend till smooth. I ended up with a few chunks and that was fine too.
Add the sauce mixture to the pan with spinach, kale & onion.
Cook over low to medium heat until it thickens. Voilá, done.
** tip-- if using the artichokes in oil, give each piece a squeeze to remove some of the oil. I love the flavour of them over the ones in water but I don't like all the extra oil.( up to you if you would Iike less or more oil ).
What I love about cooking and creating new recipes is the versatility of them. For instance I'm already thinking about if I was to take this same recipe and puréed it all after it was all done how wonderful it would be stuffed in some manicotti noodles or how about layered between some lasagna noodles. It would even stand on its own as a dip with your favourite veggies, crackers or bread. For paleo & pecatarian how about a sauce for your fish. Hmmmmm. Now I wished there were some left overs. Next time! However you serve this up, may you be Nutritionally Well.