20 June, 2024

Favourite meals - Spinach in almost every form


Spinach, a vegetable that often divides opinions, has a surprising versatility. At school lunches, our spinach dishes, loved by both students and teachers, showcase this adaptability. 

Our favourite spinach dish is creamy spinach. We often prepare it with carbohydrate-based side dishes, which are usually included in vegetarian diets. Of course, we remember those with food allergies, as we also make cream spinach with vegan ingredients. 

And why is it essential to eat spinach?  

Spinach, a nutritional powerhouse, is easily digestible, low in calories, and packed with vitamins and antioxidants. It's a rich source of vitamins K, A, B2, B6, E and C, as well as manganese, folic acid, iron and magnesium. In fact, it's one of the few natural sources of folic acid and iron! 

It also contains a wealth of beneficial phytonutrients, including those responsible for eye health, anti-inflammatory, bone-strengthening, anti-cancer, and immune-system-boosting properties. One of the dangers of eating spinach is that because it is also high in oxalic acid, it increases the risk of kidney stone formation. 

Spinach can be an excellent garnish for roast or grilled meats, especially when seasoned with garlic and nutmeg and tossed with buttered new potatoes. It is also the perfect flavouring for creamy pasta sauces, and you can sprinkle it on pizza.