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       •   Avoid limp or yellowing leaves.
                                                                  •    Use fresh spinach to make a crispy salad or put on
                                                                       your sandwich to add an extra crunchy sound.
       •   Fresh spinach is usually found loose or
                                                                  •    Add chopped spinach to lasagna, soup, or your
           bagged. It is also found canned or
                                                                       favorite pasta dish.
           frozen.
                                                                  •    Anywhere you would use lettuce is a great place to
       •   Leaves of fresh spinach should be
                                                                       use spinach instead.
           cleaned well with water, patted dry
                                                                  •    Add spinach to your quesadilla or burrito or throw a
           and then stored loosely in an open bag
                                                                       handful in your taco salad.
           in the fridge vegetable drawer.
                                                                  •    Put some spinach into your breakfast omelet.
       •   Fresh spinach should last 3-4 days in
                                                                  •    Stir-fry spinach. Add garlic, onion and chopped red
           the fridge.
                                                                       bell peppers for a colorful dish. Serve with brown
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•      Simply remove the stems, tear leaves
       into large pieces, rinse and squeeze out
       extra liquid.
•      Heat a large skillet, add about a tablespoon
       of olive oil with a clove of crushed garlic.                       Spinach Dip
•      Add spinach by the handful until it is wilted                      From the Harvest of the Month Program
       (not so stiff anymore) and serve warm.
•      You could add some red chili flakes for a                          1 (10-ounce) package of frozen chopped spinach,
       spicy kick, lemon juice for a citrus zip, or do                        thawed
       the Italian thing and add some diced                               1/2 cup mild white onion, finely chopped
       tomatoes and a bit of Parmesan cheese.                             2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
                                                                          1 cup raw red pepper, finely chopped
                                                                          1/2 cup lowfat sour cream

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                                                                          1/2 cup lowfat mayonnaise

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    Spinach Smoothie                                                      1/2 teaspoon salt
                                                                          5 cups assorted, colorful raw vegetables for
    6-8 ounces yogurt, any flavor                                             dipping.
    1/2 cup skim milk
    1/2 fresh or frozen banana                                            1. Squeeze water out of spinach.
    1/2 cup fresh or frozen fruit                                         2. Place into a mixing bowl and add all
    1 packed cup fresh spinach                                               remaining ingredients.
                                                                          3. Let the dip sit at room temperature for a half-
    Blend well in a blender. Delicious as a morning                          hour to let the flavors mix.
    smoothie. Your kids will love the CRAZY color of this                 4. Stir again before serving. This dip will stay
    healthy and fabulously tasting treat. If your kids don’t                 good for up to one week when covered and
    like the color, try adding darker fruits like berries.                   kept in the refrigerator.
Viva Vegetables!

                    • Spinach is in the plant family called “goose foot.” Next time you eat Viva
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                               spinach, see how much a leaf looks like a goose foot!                        ables!
                                         • Spinach grows best in cool weather.                           For Kids
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                    know?? money. What do you think?
                                        • Some people think if you eat more spinach, you will make more

      Did you       • Can you say “a la Florentine”? That means the recipe has a lot of spinach, and now
                      you sound like you’re straight from France!
                    • California and Texas make the most spinach in the United States.
                    • Spinach was popular during Easter time in Europe.
                    • A long time ago, the king of one country sent spinach as a gift to another
                      country. How would you like to receive spinach as a gift?


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