Eat Greens for St. Patrick’s Day: Bacon and Spinach Stir-fry

18406244_sUsually St. Patrick’s Day is associated with parades and celebrating at the Irish pub.  But this year, why not try cooking something green for the special day.  Now that might not sound as exciting as drinking green beer, but it is definitely healthier for you.Spinach is very high in iron and B vitamins.  It is a great source of fiber and can be prepared in various ways, such as raw in salads and smoothies, and cooked in stews or soups.

Many people are intimidated by cooking greens; they do not like the taste and are not sure what to do with them.  Spinach is a great way to introduce your family to greens; it has a mild taste and can be combined with many things.  I prefer the baby spinach since it has a milder flavour. This recipe combines spinach with bacon, and I guarantee that even the pickiest eater will like the flavour.

Spinach and Bacon Stir-fry

Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic
1 large red onion, sliced thinly
1 large package of baby spinach
1 package of natural, nitrate-free bacon
2 tbsp soya sauce
Cooked rice

Directions:

  1. Cook rice in the rice cooker and set aside.
  2. Fry bacon in a frying pan until crispy, drain off fat. Set bacon aside.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp of bacon fat in frying pan to medium-high.
  4. Add garlic and onions and sauté for 10 minutes.
  5. Add spinach, ½ cup water and cover for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add tbsp soya sauce.
  7. Turn down heat to medium and simmer until spinach has wilted.
  8. Add bacon and stir well.
  9. Serve over rice.
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After you have introduced your palate to spinach, try other greens such as kale and collards.  Sautéing them with garlic or ginger is a great way to enjoy any greens.  By steaming or sautéing your greens, the taste is not as sharp or bitter as eating them raw.  For more information on green smoothies, cooking with greens and greens nutrition, check out a few of our previous blogs linked here.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Stephanie

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