RECIPE: Spinach and Potato Soup

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Spinach and potato soup is easy to make, budget-friendly and a great vegetarian option. It is also packed with nutrients for maintaining good health. Here is how to make a quick and easy spinach and potato soup for four people.

Ingredients for Spinach and Potato Soup

  • 1 lb potatoes, diced
  • 12 oz spinach
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 4 tbsp double cream
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp chopped chives
  • Salt and black pepper

Read measurement conversions here.

How to Make Spinach and Potato Soup

  1. Peel and dice the potatoes and chop the onions.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan over a medium heat. 
  3. Add the garlic and onion to the pan and fry for two minutes.
  4. Add the potatoes and cook for another two minutes.
  5. Pour over the stock and simmer for approximately eight minutes.
  6. Add the spinach to the pan and stir in. Cook for two more minutes.
  7. Season with salt and black pepper and add the chives. 
  8. Blend the mixture in a food processor or with a hand blender to your preferred consistency.
  9. Serve into soup bowls and add a swirl of cream to each.

TIPS

Serving- This is fantastic with croutons and warm crusty rolls.

Herbs- If you are not a fan of chives, try chervil instead.

Stock- If you are not a vegetarian, you can use chicken stock as an alternative to vegetable stock if you prefer. 

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RECIPE: Eggs Florentine

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Eggs Florentine is a delicious meal for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. It is easy to make and packed full of nutrients. The dish consists simply of a poached egg and spinach on an English muffin, topped with hollandaise sauce. Here is how to make eggs Florentine for four people.

Ingredients for Eggs Florentine

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach
  • 2 English muffins, halved
  • Hollandaise sauce (read recipe here)
  • Black pepper

How to Make Eggs Florentine

  1. Make the hollandaise sauce first- read instructions here.
  2. Steam the spinach until it has wilted.
  3. Poach the eggs either in simmering water or a poaching pan until they are cooked to your liking.
  4. Grill the English muffins until they are golden on both sides and then butter. 
  5. Top the muffins with the spinach, then the poached egg, followed by the hollandaise sauce.
  6. Season with black pepper.

 

RECIPE: Saag Aloo

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I am a big fan of spice and Indian dishes are my favorite type of cuisine. Occasionally, I also enjoy eating vegetarian food. Therefore, it makes sense that saag aloo is one of my top Indian vegetarian dishes to make. This spinach and potato based dish is meat-free, budget-friendly, packed full of flavour and easy to make. My family either enjoy it as a main dish served with rice or as an accompaniment to a curry. Here is a quick and simple recipe for how to make saag aloo.

Ingredients for Saag Aloo

  • 3tbsps ghee or vegetable oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed.
  • 1 red and 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 level teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 level teaspoon turmeric
  • 500g potatoes cut into chunks
  • 250g bag washed spinach leaves
  • Salt
  • black pepper

How to Make Saag Aloo

  1. Put the chopped potatoes into a pan of salted water and bring to the boil.
  2. Meanwhile, chop the onions, chillies, ginger, and garlic.
  3. Drain the potatoes as soon as the water begins to boil.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan over a medium-high heat.
  5. Add the onions, chillies, garlic, and ginger to the frying pan. 
  6. When the onions have turned golden and softened, add the turmeric and cumin.
  7. Next, add the par-boiled potatoes.
  8. Roughly chop the spinach leaves and add to the pan.
  9. As the spinach begins to wilt, stir in the mixture.
  10. Cook for a further five minutes on a medium heat to allow the flavor of the spices to infuse the potatoes and the spinach. 
  11. Serve with rice or naan bread.

Tips

  • Meat lovers– you can easily adapt this to a meat dish by adding chicken, beef or lamb.
  • Different textures– you can leave the spinach leaves, whole, roughly chop them or finely chop them.
  • Spice levels– you can experiment with different levels of spice to suit your taste by adding more or less of ingredients including garlic, chillies, ginger, turmeric, and cumin. 

10 Things to Make with Spinach

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Spinach is a delicious ingredient that is packed with nutrients, meaning that including spinach in your diet will give you a variety of the vitamins and minerals you need to maintain good health. However, it is one of those ingredients with which people are often unsure of what they can do. There is a surprising number of ways to use this ingredient. Here are ten ways you can use spinach in your cooking.

  1. Spinach and potato soup– Spinach adds a delicious flavour to any soup but works particularly well with potatoes as it adds a rich flavour. Sautee the potatoes in butter before just covering with water until potatoes are cooked. Add the spinach and season with salt and black pepper. Blend to the consistency you prefer.
  2. Spinach and ricotta cannelloni– Add a mixture of ricotta and spinach to partially-cooked cannelloni tubes. Cover with grated cheese and bake in the oven.
  3. Spinach pasta– If you make your own pasta dough, you can add spinach to the mix. Not only will this turn your pasta green, thus making it more colourful, it will also add a little more taste.
  4. Spinach and mushroom ravioli– Fill ravioli parcels with a mixture of butter, chopped mushrooms, and butter. Serve with a sauce of your choice. I like a cream and mushroom sauce.
  5. Spinach and cream cheese stuffed chicken– Add a mixture of cream cheese and spinach to the centre of a chicken breast.
  6. Saag aloo– This is an Indian dish that combines spinach, potatoes, and spices. It can be eating as a vegetarian main or as a side dish.
  7. Eggs FlorentineEggs Florentine is a simple dish for breakfast, brunch or lunch. It is a toasted muffin topped with sautéed spinach and a poached egg. Delicious and really easy to make.
  8. Super spinach salad– Spinach is just as tasty raw as it is cooked. Add spinach leaves to other salad leaves, sliced red onions, halved cherry tomatoes, chopped cucumber and a dressing of your choice.
  9. Sweet potato and spinach curry– Sweet potatoes are a great ingredient to use in vegetarian dishes as they have an amazing flavour and are filling. Create a curry with sweet potatoes, spinach and the herbs and spices of your choice.
  10. Lamb and spinach curry– spinach and lamb work well together, so adding some spinach to a lamb curry is the perfect combination.