“I’m Popeye the Sailor Man, I’m Popeye the Sailor Man, I’m strong to the finich Cause I eats me spinach, I’m Popeye the Sailor Man.” — Popeye
I love a good spinach pie and this recipe from Vegan Eats World by Terry Hope Romero (page 253) is the best I’ve ever had! Terry’s recipe calls for three layers of buttery filo dough (bottom, middle, and top) which makes this spanikopita (“spinach pie” in Greek) just melt in your mouth. The cheesy part of the filling is cashew-based, which makes it extra creamy and nutritious.
Served with Hummus bi Tahini from Vegan Deli (page 110) kalamata olives, and little salad that I put together from chopped Roma tomatoes, cucumber, green bell pepper, oregano, and a white wine vinaigrette.
Spinach Fact: Cooking spinach actually increases its health benefits. Just half a cup of cooked spinach will give you thrice as much nutrition as one cup of raw spinach. That’s because the body cannot completely break down the nutrients in raw spinach for its use.