We’ve all heard it since we were kids: eat your spinach! And why not? Popeye’s secret weapon is always listed among the world’s most powerful “superfoods,” because it’s loaded with antioxidants, iron, vitamins and minerals — and contains almost no calories.
If that’s not reason enough to eat more spinach, consider this: it’s an incredibly versatile veggie, beloved by many parts of the world. Here are six regional dishes, each showcasing this dark, leafy green in a unique light.
|Penne with Italian Sausage, Spinach & Bread Crumbs
This Italian dish is perfect for a weeknight meal, because it comes together quickly and easily feeds a full table. Spice it up with hot sausage if you like an extra kick.
Spanish-born Chef José Andrés created this spinach dish, adding diced apple, raisins and pine nuts in the style of Catalonia. Serve alongside roasted meats to round out the meal.
|Bacon, Gruyere and Spinach Quiche
Fresh spinach is a welcome addition to the classic French Quiche Lorraine, made with bacon, cheese and softened onions. This recipe makes a great brunch entree, and it’s simple to make ahead.
Common all over Greece, these feta and spinach-stuffed filo pastries make a memorable meze, or appetizer. Serve these hors d’oeuvres with a glass of ouzo over ice.
|Chicken with Peanut Sauce
This Asian-inspired main course can be prepared in minutes; just don’t forget to reconstitute the dried noodles. Place the noodles in a large bowl, add hot water to cover, place a plate on top of the noodles to keep them submerged and set aside for 15 minutes.
|Indian Lamb & Spinach Curry
Spinach is a staple of Indian cuisine, and it pairs well with authentic regional flavors like turmeric and ginger. Serve this curry with an easy mint pilaf, per the instructions in the recipe header.