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How to Use Spinach in Your Daily Meal

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In this article, I will present to you the many ways that you can use spinach in your daily meal in order to improve your health. Spinach is a master vegetable and has been cultivated for over 6000 years. Heirloom varieties of this plant were mainly produced in Europe and Asia. But these days, it is grown in America and it is recommended that you consume 6-8 cups of spinach per week.

Spinach can be traced back to the animal kingdom and was eaten by the farmers and herders in ancient times. “The Wild Greens” by Maize, Beans, and Zucchini are the three most popular types of spinach. These are also the most consumed and one can find them in the produce aisles at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Safeway.

Benefits of Zucchini

Zucchini is a certified organic food and made from recycled goods. Because of this, it is free of pesticides and is known to be healthier than regular spinach. Rent the other onto a vegetable tray for dinner and there is a good chance you will see a noticeable difference in the taste.

Renting vegetables for dinner is a great way to green your kitchen, but you can also make meals with this side. Here are some simple meals you can prepare with this vegetable:

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

This grilling recipe is easy to make and has a lot of flavors. These are great on a cold winter’s day, or even for lunchtime.


1 Baked potato, cut into 1/2-inch slices

3/4 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 1/4 inch thick

1/3 cup olive oil

2 tbsp. butter

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

4 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut potato slices in 1/2-inch- thick strips. In a large bowl, combine cheese, olive oil, butter, salt, pepper and basil. Place slices in a greased baking dish. Drizzle with 1/4 cup olive oil and then sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese mixture. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.

Grilled Marinated Roast Beef

You shouldn’t have to pay the farm for a whole roast, but here’s a great deal for the budget.


4 lbs. well-marinated roast beef brisket

Olive oil

Head of garlic, trimmed

Salt and pepper

Fresh rosemary chopped

Salt and pepper

Garlic, sliced

Olive oil

4 slices bread

1 spread

1/2 cup Italian salad dressing

2 tbsp. butter

1 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. pepper


Rinse roast beef and pat dry. In a large bowl, combine olive oil, garlic salt, pepper, rosemary, and salt and pepper. Place brine, olive oil, and beef slices in a gallon freezer bag. Add 1/2-inch of water to the bag and add thawing liquid for brine. Seal the bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. When you are ready to cook, after an hour of cooking, simply remove the meat from the bag and let it cool for 20 minutes before slicing. You can cook the eggplant in the meantime, so the slices will be ready to become base ingredients for a creamy hummus that is so good you’ll want to serve it with chickpeas or Spanish rice.

Greek Food for Your Health

Whether you choose a traditional Greek or modernized meal, rest assured that health is always a priority.

Fast Food

One of the biggest things to avoid when eating out Greek style is fast food. Unfortunately, fast food is often cheaper and often cooks with highly processed ingredients. If you are satisfied with Greek food, you will usually be satisfied with long cooks slow cooking methods, and true flavors that come from fresh, everyday ingredients.

Healthy Food Basics

A quick glance at the ingredients on a packet of chips orders a quick meal, but consider the following factors when choosing a healthy food dish:

If you are looking at how healthy your chosen dish is, a good place to start is by considering the Kalamata Pasta Sauce. This sauce is a good example of healthy food ingredients. It is made with garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, eggplant, feta cheese, and lemon, among others. This sauce goes well with meat, chicken, or fish.

You will find that many original Greek restaurants offer a wide range of traditional Greek food dishes that will satisfy most dietary needs. This makes it a solid choice for those who wish to eat out but are on a limited budget.

Greek food staples are very healthy. For example, most main Greek dishes contain olive oil as a base.

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