Today we can find dock and spinach in stores almost all year round, but if you want to take full advantage of all the valuable vitamins and minerals they contain, as well as reduce the risk of nitrates, then choose only seasonal greens. It's even better if they are picked from your own garden.
However, here's what you need to know when you decide to develop your culinary skills in this direction - tips for cooking spinach and dock.
1. For all leafy vegetables, such as spinach and dock, quality washing is an integral part of their processing to be edible.
If you want to protect yourself from nitrates, it is best to soak them in water for about 30 minutes, then wash them thoroughly and leave them to drain.
This is easiest if you have a vegetable centrifuge, which is not expensive at all and which you can use for processing all leafy vegetables.
2. When subjecting dock and spinach to heat treatment (in the preparation of soups and stews), it is important to add them at the end of cooking, so that they do not lose their valuable to the human body vitamins and the large amount of iron contained in them.
3. Spinach and dock make great vegetarian patties, but you can see detailed recipes on our website.
It is important that the leafy vegetables are well drained after washin, and whether you will prepare your own healthy patties by adding cheese, cottage cheese, potatoes, zucchini, rice, etc. is your personal choice.
If you want the patties to be really healthy and even dietary, then do not fry or bread them in a pan, but bake them in the oven.
4. Today, connoisseurs of healthy eating recommend regular consumption of leafy vegetables in their raw state again, so that they do not to lose their precious substances.
This means that nothing prevents you from preparing a delicious fresh spinach salad or dock, and why not both? Just choose the smaller and more delicate leaves, so that your vitamin salad isn't bitter.
5. If you have a baby, which you are about to start feeding with vegetable puree and the time has come cook spinach or dock, we recommend that you make a homemade puree only from homemade or organic spinach or dock.
You can just buy ready-made purees, because as healthy as they are, almost all leafy vegetables run the risk of containing a considerable amount of nitrates.