Monday, January 25, 2010

Spinach Garlic Bread

For the bread:
2 cups wheat flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water

For the filling:
1 drizzle of olive oil
2 handfulls of baby spinach
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tsp garlic powder
1/3 cup shredded cheese

Place all filling ingredients in a pan on medium heat. Leave for 5-10 minutes until leaves look wilty or soggy (I never claimed to be a professional chef!) While it's cooking, add all bread ingredients to the Vitamix. Select Variable 1 and increase speed to 5. Blend for 10 seconds. Roll the dough on a nonstick cookie sheet into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle cheese evenly on the dough and then spread the spinach mixture. Roll the dough into a cylinder and  bake for 20 minutes.

Taste score: 6/10

Likes: I am a spinach hater. It is green, bitter, and boring. But when you saute it with garlic to mask the bitterness, you forget it's a leafy green vegetable. I was nervous about this dough because it's yeast-free, but it turned out perfect for this recipe. The outside is golden brown and the inside is fluffy. I love garlic bread, but it's usually made with white bread and slathered in butter. This is a healthy alternative that tastes even better!

Dislikes: It needs to be consumed with a glass of water. And I think I could get away with adding more spinach to take full advantage of the fact that it is going into my mouth without a gag reflex.

Nutritional score: 7/10
Spinach is a magic food that contains folate, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and beta carotene. It strengthens bones, lowers blood pressure, and even helps to keep your mind sharp. This recipe gets a 7, because the cheese and vegetable oil add a little more fat.

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