Spinach is a nutritionally dense, fibrous green vegetable and to include it in your diet is important for your health and wellbeing.
McCain Creamed Spinach must be one of the most delicious and versatile frozen foods to have in the freezer. Not only is it a quick and easy side for roasts and stews but it can also enhance and elevate your favourite dishes like pastas and bakes. It is made using only the best quality tender spinach, blended with real cream and real butter. McCain vegetables are harvested at the peak of their freshness and ripeness, and are frozen within hours. This maximises nutrient levels ensuring that you get all the nourishing benefits.
Strength in numbers
Eating spinach might not give you instant muscles, like it did for Popeye, but it can certainly increase your energy levels. It is a great source of iron and magnesium, which both play an important role in keeping you going. Iron is an important component in red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. Without healthy red blood cells, your body can’t get enough oxygen, leaving you feeling drained and fatigued. Magnesium is also necessary for energy. Your metabolism is constantly at work in every cell of your body, converting food into energy. It also regulates your nervous system to maintain healthy muscles and nerve function.
It leaves you glowing
Eating more spinach can improve the condition of your skin and hair because it is packed with vitamins A and C. Vitamin A is not only necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair, but also the oil production in skin and hair follicles, which keeps your skin and hair moisturised and glowing. Vitamin C is crucial for the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to hair and elasticity to the skin, one of the secrets for younger-looking skin.
Trust your gut
Spinach, like all leafy greens, is really good for your gut health. It is high in fibre and water, both of which are important in preventing constipation and promoting a healthy digestive tract. A newly discovered sugar molecule (SQ enzyme), found in leafy green vegetables such as spinach, feeds the good bacteria in the gut, forming a protective barrier against the bad bacteria and thereby protecting your gut and also strengthening your immune system.
5 ways with creamed spinach
- McCain Creamed Spinach can be used as a delicious and creamy pasta sauce. Cook McCain Creamed Spinach according to the instructions on the packaging. Make your favourite mac and cheese, then stir 500g McCain Creamed Spinach through the cheese sauce before mixing it through the cooked pasta and baking it in the oven. Or just stir it through cooked spaghetti and top with crispy bacon and grated parmesan cheese.
- Use McCain Creamed Spinach as a topping for baked potatoes or crispy bruschetta. In fact, it is also delicious on pizza. Just cook the McCain Creamed Spinach according to the instructions on the packaging, mix 250ml (1 cup) cream cheese through it and top away!
- Make your favourite tray bake even more special. Roast chicken pieces like normal and add the cooked McCain Creamed Spinach to the roasting pan right at the end, place back into the oven for 5 minutes to heat through and enjoy.
- Skillet cooking has never been this delicious and nutritious. Add cooked McCain Creamed Spinach to the pan after frying salmon fillets. Place the fish on top of the creamy spinach, heat through and serve.
- McCain Creamed Spinach makes any quiche or frittata even more special. Combine 500g cooked McCain Creamed Spinach with 4 eggs and 250ml (1 cup) medium-fat cream cheese and 250ml (1 cup) ricotta cheese. Pour it into a 23cm round pie dish and bake in a 170˚C oven for 1 hour until set. Serve warm.
With McCain Creamed Spinach, the possibilities are endless. Whether you are using it as a quick side dish or as part of a delicious meal, it always adds flavour and nourishment. Frozen vegetables are so easy and convenient to use – there is no fussing with peeling and cutting. It also makes portion control easy, and in that way, minimises wastage. You can only use what you need, then reseal the pack and return it to the freezer until needed for your next nutritious meal.