My true favorite weed so far is the wild spinach or lamb's quarters. This is supposed to be 10 times more nutritious than regular spinach varieties and if that is the case, I find it to be 10 times more delicious as well. My favorite recipe for anytime of year is Spanakorizo - a Greek rice dish with lots of spinach. My version also has beans and sometimes a scrambled egg for protein. This dish is filling, comforting, tasty, and super nutritious (with the lamb's quarters 10 times more so it seems!). Here's the recipe:
in Greek: σπανακόριζο or σπανακόρυζο, pronounced spah-nah-KOH-ree-zoh
This is the traditional recipe for this delicious dish that is a warming and hearty meal in itself or it can be served as a side dish with a light entree. Try topping with a sprinkle of crumbled feta or some Parmesan.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
- 2 1/4 pounds of fresh spinach, chopped, washed, drained
- 1 spring onion, chopped
- 1/3 cups of olive oil
- 1 1/3 cup of water
- 1 1/3 cups of long-grain rice
- 5 1/4 cups of water
- sea salt
- freshly ground pepper
- juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
Preparation:In a stock pot, sauté the chopped spring onion in the oil over medium heat for 8-10 minutes. Add spinach and 1 1/3 cups of water and cook until the spinach wilts, about 5-7 minutes. Add rice and 5 1/4 cups of water, bring to a boil, and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in lemon juice and salt, cook for another 5 minutes and remove from heat. Stir, cover, and let sit for 20 minutes until the dish "melds."
Serve with wedges of lemon and freshly ground pepper.
Here's a picture of the final product:
Now, you might not be ready for harvesting weeds for the kitchen, but the idea is to get out there and try new and healthy foods, because they're readily available, if you get creative! How will you create something new, healthy and delicious this week?