The Flintstones, Tom and Jerry and Popeye The Sailor Man are some of my favorite classic cartoons. When I was a child, I couldn’t get enough of Popeye. The animated cartoon featured a fictitious character who acquired superhuman strength by eating spinach. That classic TV show inspired me to eat spinach every time my mom served it for dinner. It didn’t take much convincing for me though. I have enjoyed the leafy green vegetables for as long as I can remember.
I have fond memories of being in the kitchen with my mom as a child helping her cook dinner. When she grabbed the manual can opener and opened a can of spinach, that was something special. For me, it was as special as serving roasted turkey on Thanksgiving. Like most kids on my block, I ate spinach because I knew, or at least I hoped it would give me superhuman strength like Popeye.
Well, spinach didn’t give me superhuman strength, but it did give me some powerful nutrients, including iron, vitamins and folate that benefit good health. I didn’t develop bulging muscles or pack a punch like Popeye, but spinach gave me a well balanced meal and a full stomach. And it still does to this day. I enjoy spinach. It doesn’t matter whether it’s canned, fresh or frozen. It’s good! Super good! See for yourself. Try my fresh spinach recipe below. Enjoy!
2 POUNDS OF FRESH SPINACH
3 TABLESPOONS EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
1 SMALL ONION SLICED
2 LARGE CLOVES OF GARLIC SLICED
1 TEASPOON COURSE SEA SALT
1 TEASPOON FINE GROUND BLACK PEPPER
1/2 CUP SUN DRIED TOMATOES
1/2 CUP BACON BITS
POUR EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL IN LARGE SKILLET
ADD ONIONS AND GARLIC. COOK FOR ONE MINUTE. STIR CONSTANTLY.
ADD SPINACH. COVER WITH LID. COOK FOR ONE MINUTE.
ADD SUN DRIED TOMATOES. COVER WITH LID. COOK ONE MORE MINUTE.
ADD SEA SALT
ADD BLACK PEPPER
ADD BACON BITS
SERVE AND ENJOY!
NOTE: TOP WITH SHREDDED MOZZARELLA OR A BLEND OF YOUR FAVORITE SHREDDED CHEESES.