The first thing I do when I bring spinach home is to wash it and lay it out on the counter to dry. Don’t put it away sopping wet. This way it will last longer and be ready to use when needed. Another great way to keep spinach longer is to freeze it. If I’m not going to use it fresh, say in a salad, then frozen spinach can be used just as well in cooking or in a smoothie. I love having spinach in my freezer because I know I don’t have to worry about it and it’s available when I need it. When storing in the freezer make sure to wash it first and let dry. Also, cut off any roots and stems you wouldn’t eat and put in an air tight container vs. a bag. This will keep it from getting freezer burned and is also easier to grab and put away.
I’m in the midst of a no-grain life style right now so cauliflower is quickly becoming my best friend. [think cauliflower rice, tortillas, meat pie, pizza crust, biscuits, mashed potatoes (yes, I’m cutting back starches too;), etc.] There are a plethora of recipes online for creative ways to use cauliflower. Check out the link below or simply google “creative ways to use cauliflower” 😉 Here’s a site that has some great links for recipe that use cauliflower as an alternative to carbs. http://paleoleap.com/8-creative-cauliflower-substitutions-unhealthy-foods/
If you’re a math nerd this vegetable is right up your ally. Sometimes called Romanesco broccoli or Roman cauliflower, it resembles a green cauliflower with florets that mimic fractals. You heard me, fractals! If you’ve never heard of this impressive brassica I recommend looking it up. Romanesco cooks/eats the same way a cauliflower would. But, because I would hate for you to chop/puree away the artistic beauty of this thing, I recommend less violent cooking methods. Try cutting it into quarters, basting in a garlicy rub (olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, lemon) and steaming for 4-6 minutes, or baking at 425° for 35-40 minutes. Enjoy!
-Anna Stenberg, Produce Enthusiast