Fresh spinach is great in salads, pasta, soups, dips and more. It's a healthy addition to so many delicious meals and is great raw or cooks. Spinach is full of important nutrients; folate, vitami E and lutein.
Folate works in the production of new cells, especially red blood cells. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and scientists believe that it plays an important roll in immune function, DNA repair, the formation of red blood cells and vitamin K absorption. Lutein may be able to reverse some of the symptoms of age-related macular degeneration.
Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto
- Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add carrot (or bell pepper) and chicken; cook, stirring frequently, until the chicken begins to brown, 1 - 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Stir in broth and oregano; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer.
- Add spinach and beans to the pot. Cook for 5 minutes to blend the flavors.
- Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, Parmesan and basil in a food processor (a mini processor works well). Process until a coarse paste forms, adding a little water and scraping down the sides as necessary.
- Stir the pesto into the pot. Season with pepper. Heat until hot.