Okay, so I’m hungry the other night watching Rizzoli & Isles and I’m in a weird mood. It may have been the tequila, maybe it was a few hits off the bong, I don’t know, I was hungry.
As usual, I wanted my late night snack to be quick, nutritious and satisfying. After staring blankly in to the fridge for what seemed like hours, I finally decided on soup, salad and pasta. But what could I use to tie them all together? I like to center my late night snacks around a central theme.
The universal roughage, muscle in a can and a cartel of beta-carotene.
Available year round, fresh, frozen or in a can, spinach is heart healthy with anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants and full of vitamins, minerals and protein.
And it goes with anything. Make it a part of the main dish, anything you order off an Italian menu called “Al Florentine” is made with spinach. Great as a side dish, throw some bacon or pine nuts or curry on spinach. Anchovies, yogurt, nutmeg, ham or eggs are good too. Try a spinach smoothie.
Check out the list for the recipes for my late night menu. Rizzoli & Isles is coming back on.