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Middle Eastern Spinach with Spices and Yogurt Recipe

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Submitted by sailingchef

Makes 3 servings



Variations of this dish are found from Turkey through the Middle East, and no wonder -- a combination of subtle spices and cool yogurt make this a wonderful way to eat spinach. From NYT Recipes for Health.

Recipe Ingredients for Middle Eastern Spinach With Spices and Yogurt

1/8 teaspoon ground clove
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds (or cumin seeds)
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 garlic clove, cut in half, green shoots removed (more to taste)
1 Salt to taste
1 cup fat free yogurt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon pine nuts
12 ounce baby spinach, washed

Recipe Directions for Middle Eastern Spinach With Spices and Yogurt

  1. Heat a small dry skillet over medium heat, and add the clove, allspice berries, and coriander seeds or cumin seeds. Heat, shaking the pan, until the spices begin to smell toasty, about three minutes. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool for a few minutes, then grind in a spice mill. Add the cinnamon, and set aside.

  2. In a mortar and pestle, mash the garlic with 1/4 teaspoon salt to a paste, and stir into the yogurt. Set aside.

  3. Place the baby spinach in a bowl, and add just enough boiling water to cover. Let sit for a couple of minutes, then drain, rinse with cold water, squeeze out excess water, and chop coarsely.

  4. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a wide, heavy skillet, and add the pine nuts. Stir until they begin color (two to three minutes), then remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the spices to the oil. When they begin to sizzle, cook for about 30 seconds and add the spinach, toasted pine nuts, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring, until the spinach is heated through and coated with the oil and spices, two to three minutes. Transfer to a serving dish, and spoon the yogurt over the top.

  5. This is very nice served with Arabic bread.

Categories

Dairy, Nuts, Vegetables, Side Dish, Middle Eastern

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 203.9g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
133
Calories from Fat
64
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
7.1g
11%
Saturated Fat
0.9g
4%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
2mg
1%
Sodium
204mg
8%
Potassium
865mg
25%
Total Carbohydrates
11.3g
4%
Dietary Fiber
2.7g
11%
Sugars
6.9g
Protein
8.4g
Vitamin A 213% Vitamin C 55%
Calcium 28% Iron 19%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
A
  Good points
  • Very low in cholesterol
  • Very high in calcium
  • High in iron
  • Very high in manganese
  • Very high in magnesium
  • High in phosphorus
  • High in potassium
  • High in riboflavin
  • Very high in vitamin A
  • High in vitamin B6
  • Very high in vitamin C
  •   Bad points
  • High in sugar
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