Quick question: What was the one green vegetable that we all had a horrible experience with as kids? I’ll bet the answer is SPINACH. But have no fear! This Garlic Spinach Pesto will change your mind!
After the trauma inflicted upon us as kids with the likely gloppy mess we were told was spinach, who could blame us for continuing our boycott as adults? For many, the only spinach we ever saw was out of a can, and was wilted, brown, and slimy. <shudder> I for one could not understand why Popeye was so enamored with the stuff! I watched him Saturday mornings pounding cans of the this supposedly green vegetable (in cartoon form, of course). I don’t know about you, but I didn’t want to be strong THAT badly!
Luckily for me and thousands of other kids, we grew up and were lucky enough to be introduced to spinach that actually:
1. Stays green
2. Tastes good
3. Makes us want to have it when NOT seen as a punishment
Strangely enough, even though we all turned our noses up at spinach, saying it tasted “yucky”, this brilliant leafy green doesn’t actually have a strong flavor of its own. It tends to take on the flavors of the ingredients it’s cooked in or with. So I figured, why not bring a heavy-hitter to the plate to amaze the palate? Garlic is good with, well, everything, so why not with this spinach pesto?
Since the Pesto Party is continuing today, I thought it was fitting to get this recipe in here, too! As you can see, I’m making pesto out of just about everything right now, and I plan to reap the benefits for months to come. Spinach was just next up in line, and the garlic in my pantry was begging to be introduced to the party.
And so garlic was added. And all was right in the world. And Popeye approved. And now you can say that “you eats your spinach“ with pride!
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