Popeye and Spinach
When we think spinach, images of Popeye spring to mind. Spinach was a super food for this iconic hero, and it gave him immense strength. Touting spinach to be full of iron, Popeye's endorsement increased American consumption of spinach by one-third! Turns out, the iron contained in spinach was initially misrepresented in 1870 by a German chemist through an inadvertent placement of a decimal, and it wasn't corrected until 1937!
- 20 oz. Birdseye frozen spinach, (2 boxes, thawed or unthawed)
- 2 cups water
- 4 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
- 1 teaspoon chicken base
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 3 cups half-and-half
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Place spinach, water, bouillon, base, onion, and garlic powder in large pot over medium high heat. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium low. Simmer until onion and spinach are tender.
- Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small saucepan. Whisk in flour until smooth. Cook for two minutes, or until slightly thickened. Slowly stir in half-and-half and simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add cream mixture to soup pot and stir until well combined. Serve immediately.
Many vegetables lose a significant amount of nutrients when they are cooked. Spinach doesn't. In fact, cooking spinach triples the nutrients your body receives compared to eating it raw. Spinach promotes eye health, builds bones, aids digestion, and helps your skin. Go ahead--try it! You might like it.
Search for additional spinach recipes and incorporate more of it into your diet. From dips to salads, and from soups to pasta, this versatile veggie can be included in so many palate pleasing dishes. You're sure to find some you'll love.