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No Cream Creamed Spinach

No Cream Creamed Spinach

I knew I loved the Obama family in the White House, but when Michelle Obama visited a soup kitchen last week and brought issues of fresh, unprocessed, locally grown food to the table–I could have given her my biggest bear hug and planted a big smooch right on her perfect cheek. Not only is she promoting food that is sustainable, but healthy as well.

Mrs. Obama has given much praise to the White House chef, Cristeta Comerford, for using fresh local produce, but also for making healthy dishes. One that got a special shout out is Comerford’s creamless cream spinach. The New York Times got a hold of the recipe, and I personally think it should be on everybody’s weekly dinner menu. It’s exceedingly simple, delicious, and creamlessly creamy. Here it is:

No Cream Creamed Spinach

2 pounds baby spinach, washed and cleaned
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 shallots, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and freshly ground pepper.

1. Blanch half a pound of spinach in salted, boiling water. Immediately, “shock” the blanched spinach in a bowl of iced water. Drain and squeeze out the excess water. Puree in a blender. Set aside.

2. In a large skillet, sweat the shallots and garlic until translucent. Add the rest of the spinach leaves. Toss and saute until wilted. Fold in the spinach puree. Season with salt and pepper.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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8:52AM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

thank you

7:26PM PST on Feb 28, 2013

I love spinach, and I can't wait to try this recipe!!! Thank you!!

4:40AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

thanks for this recipe,love it

1:19AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

Thank you

11:20PM PST on Jan 5, 2013

Sounds great, def. will try!

7:26AM PST on Jan 5, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:34PM PST on Dec 30, 2012

Thank you Melissa, for Sharing this!

8:22PM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

yum

3:12PM PST on Feb 19, 2012

"Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food." Hippocrates
we must light up the darkness for knowledge is not power its empowering lets all be empowered to change. life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

12:33PM PST on Feb 17, 2012

Thank you

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