I’m Marriam Essa-Sayed, a proudly South African Muslim.
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Spinach… A Superfood that adds so much benefits to our health, and this recipe for Creamed Spinach, With NO CREAM, is super easy and bursting with flavour.
I love Creamed Spinach. With a lifelong battle with Anaemia, I do try to add as much leafy greens to my diet as possible. This however, may not be the fresh, raw and crunchy form required to help my battle with Anaemia, but it definitely adds some goodness on the side?. Way Before Google, and all the other social sites, SPINACH was made ‘Famous’ by a squinty/one eyed cartoon character called Popeye (the Sailor-Man) …
DO YOU REMEMBER THIS CARTOON CHARACTER??? With just a pop of the Can of Spinach and Popeye would miraculously gain super human strength, with bulging biceps, to overcome his enemies, but you may be surprised to learn that he may also have been helping to protect himself against inflammatory problems, cardiovascular problems, bone problems and many more ailments at the same time.
Spinach is available all year round, in different varieties. There was a time, in the last few years, that I had successfully grown my own spinach in my Little veggie patch in Johannesburg, and once harvested, We had enough for my home and my Domestic Help as well. So do give growing spinach on your own, it’s great to have them so readily available when needed.
So today I share with you my favourite Creamed Spinach recipe, and hopefully this can add a Bit of a Popeye effect for you too ?.
Author : Foodeva Marsay
2 Cups Chopped Baby Spinach
1 Small Red Onion, finely sliced
1 Garlic Clove, (paste or finely chopped)
1-2 Tablespoon Butter
2 Tablespoon Cream Cheese Spread
Water To thin out consistency
Salt and White Pepper to season
? In a large enough pan, Melt the butter, and sauté the onions until transparent.
? Add in the garlic (either paste or finely crushed/chopped)
? Follow by adding in the chopped spinach, lower heat and let the spinach wilt without adding any extra water.
? When spinach is softened, add in the Cream Cheese Spread, this will now ‘Thicken’ up.
? Gradually add in water, +/- a 1/3 cup, or until the desired consistency is achieved, blending in well after each addition of water.
? Add in the Salt and Pepper to taste.
? Serve immediately.
HERE IS JUST A SERVING IDEA,
TOP THE CREAMED SPINACH ONTO A POTATO SPUD , ADD LEFT-OVER CHICKEN/BEEF PIECES (OPTIONAL), AND SERVE WITH A SIDE SALAD….A LIGHT MEAL ALL ON IT’S OWN.
NOTES BY FOODEVA MARSAY
✒️ Use as much spinach as you like, since spinach is made up of more water, it will wilt down to 1/4 of the initially added amounts. ANY VARIETY OF SPINACH MAY BE USED.
✒️ Always add the Salt and Seasonings at the end, as the cream cheese will also add a bit of saltiness to the dish, so DO TASTE CHECK before adding.
✒️ I have used a cream cheese ‘Spread’ here, but You can use a regular cream cheese, simply whisk it until smooth before using in recipe.
✒️ The recipe can be doubled/tripled according to your needs, simply adjust ingredient amounts accordingly.
✒️ You could add in crumbed Feta Cheese at the end, but do watch for salt content in end product.
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