Calorie for calorie, leafy green vegetables like spinach provide more nutrients than any other food. Spinach is thought to have originated in ancient Persia. Spinach made its way to China in the 7th century when the king of Nepal sent it as a gift to this country. Spinach has a much more recent history in Europe than many other vegetables. It was only brought to that continent in the 11th century, when the Moors introduced it into Spain. In fact, for a while, spinach was known as “the Spanish vegetable” in England. (more…)
Found on foodie site, saveur.com, this easy one-pan meal is just the thing for a fulfilling breakfast that comes together in the blink of an eye. The debate rages on as to the origin of this San Francisco dish—”Joe’s” restaurant has seen several incarnations. Original Joe’s on Taylor Street, however, has had it on the menu for 59 years. Serves 2. (more…)
This recipe, found on simplyfreshcooking.com is a great way to use arugula. The great thing about pesto is that it’s so versatile. You can literally use any kind of leafy green in place of the arugula – even spinach, mustard greens, swiss chard.
The greens aren’t the only thing you can substitute. Choose a different nut – like almonds or walnuts. Just remember to toast them first. This allows their natural oils to be released and their hidden aromas to come out, which means more flavor for your pesto. Yields about 1 cup. (more…)