But What Kind of Spinach

Dr Oz—you know, Oprah’s doctor—wrote in Time that “organic food is great, it’s just not very democratic.” Then he encouraged using frozen spinach.

Tom Philpotts took offense to that in Mother Jones and argued that food free of pesticides actually SHOULD BE A HUMAN RIGHT AND THEREFORE DEMOCRATIC and that Oz should have used his platform to say that!

I just realized that I haven’t had spinach in … ages? Weeks? Months. Last night I ate a can of chickpeas for dinner. The night before I had mozzarella sticks. The night before that I had a cheeseburger. I AM EXACTLY THE PERSON that Oz is saying should just buck up and and buy frozen spinach. Ahhh. BUT PESTICIDES. (BUT SCURVY.)



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there was spinach in the pasta sauce of the lean cuisine frozen meal I had for lunch yesterday.

Healthy eating FTW!

OllyOlly (#669)
sockhopbop (#764)

@OllyOlly Yes! At least twice a week I stir-fry spinach/kale/chard with a can of chickpeas, garlic, and as many spices as I can get my hands on. It’s super fast and so delicious. (And cheap! Like $4 for a meal for two.)

aetataureate (#1,310)

Yeah, plus just buy that ish frozen at Whole Foods. Still really cheap.

RosemaryF (#345)

I am a single person and go through a one pound tub of baby spinach a week. Hands down my favorite vegetable. When I’m not using it instead of lettuce in a salad, I’m making it into some sort of creamy deliciousness to be eaten over rice because I’m cheap, and like creamy delicious food. I have no idea if it is organic or not, though…

Mike Dang (#2)

@RosemaryF I’m sure I buy the same tub! It’s Earthbound Farm, and the tub says “organic” on it, so I suppose it should be. It’s $3.99 at the Fairway grocery store I shop at, and I use it for salads, in sandwiches, and wilted in olive oil to eat with pasta.

RosemaryF (#345)

@Mike Dang I get mine at Costco, but the price is the same so probably the same brand. (I forgot sauteed and put in scrambled eggs for a delicious breakfast!)

selenana (#673)

@RosemaryF Whare are these tubs that everyone is speaking of? Like a plastic salad tub? I buy my spinach in bunches, I do not know of these tubs.

ThatJenn (#916)

Spinach is AWESOME on cheeseburgers. Or in anything, really. (I signed up for a CSA this year and now I have to find all kinds of ways to put vegetables in my otherwise kinda unhealthy diet.)

la_di_da (#1,425)

@ThatJenn I want a CSA so badly, but I feel like I’d never cook all that food, even if I split it with someone. And then all the lovely vegetables would rot and then I’d feel SO guilty.

On the other hand there’s always the chance that I’d rise to the occasion and suddenly become the vegetable cooking guru. I somehow don’t think that’s likely…

ThatJenn (#916)

@la_di_da I was really nervous about it for all those reasons. I have learned just how many veggies I can put in things. Sometimes things do spoil… and I feel bad… but it’s definitely not every week. I do wish I could have an even smaller portion than the half share I get right now, though!

I’ve been surprised at how well I’ve been able to transform my cooking. Two years ago, or even a year ago, I would not have been able to do this. (Three years ago I literally didn’t cook at all.) I have also given myself permission to make veggie-laden pizza at any time, which helps. I’ve only done it once, but it’s still a nice back-up option! And I mean, I put asparagus, carrots, and spinach in my meatloaf. It’s involved a lot of improvising and meals of questionable quality.

Laura Grace (#2,241)

Make a frittata with fresh spinach!
6 eggs, bunch of spring onions, 200gish spinach, some cheese.
Fry onions for a bit in a large frying pan, add all the spinach, cook until there’s way less of it, add eggs. Cook for a few minutes, sprinkle with cheese, put under hot grill briefly to cook the top and you’re done. Have it hot or let it cool and slice it up and take it for your lunch :-) Nice with new potatoes and can change up what you put in it of course.

I bought a huge bag of frozen organic spinach at Whole Foods $1.49 just yesterday. But here’s a fun fact: even cooking your own dinner with CONVENTIONAL spinach is actually perfectly healthy.

All the contaminated spinach you hear about in the news was not contaminated with bad chemicals — it was contaminated with POOP (basically). And it’s just as easy to unsafely pack organic spinach as non-organic. Anyway, if you’re worried, just cook it.

Frozen spinach is nice because you don’t have to go through the rigamarole of washing it, and it takes up less space, and you aren’t under the gun to use it immediately before it goes bad. It’s also handy in a lasagna.

However, if you want to make a heavenly sauteed spinach situation for yourself, fresh is the way to go. Get the biggest tub of fresh spinach in the world, because it’ll shrink up as soon as it hits the pan, and cook it with garlic and olive oil and vinegar (VINEGAR IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART), maybe mix in some uncooked chopped tomatoes at the end, and you’ve got yourself a good time.

Charlsie (#442)

I eat a ton of the green giant frozen spinach and the frozen broccoli packs. You just put them in the microwave for like five minutes. I put it in everything from pizza to pasta. Sometimes I just cook a pack, and throw in whatever happens to be lying around my house. Chicken, or whatever sort of protein I have, tomatoes, black beans, throw in some salt and pepper. It’s lazy and cheap and doesn’t involve any real clean up.

KatNotCat (#766)

Frozen organic spinach is an option as well…

I find fresh spinach so much easier to work with than frozen! Frozen you have to like, drain and squish and get all the water out before you use it, unless it’s in a stew or something. The only thing it’s better for are spinookies (spinach cookies!!), which are not really worth the trouble anyway.

Fig. 1 (#632)

You can also stir in fresh spinach to whatever hearty brothy soup you are eating (tastes great in lentil soups, for example.)

deepomega (#22)

What, exactly, does “human right” mean in this case?

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