Winter is the time for comfort, for warmth, for staying indoors, in front of the heater, beneath the covers with a book, a hot cup of chocolate and toasted sandwich.
It is also the time people complain about extra weight gained, the lack of will to leave the warmth and just go outside to jog, and a gym or exercise machine holds no appeal.
Watching out for carbs and calories often lose the battle to a delicious snack or hot meal, and people will console themselves that soon the sun will shine again, and outdoors activities will replace that extra comforting snack.
But what if there were snacks that not only are healthy and low in calories, appease the conscience and the stomach, but also occupy some of that extra time indoors? Spinach pastries can do that for you.
Spinach is a fountain of health, good for the skin, the digestive track, the hair, the brain, the heart, the bones, as well as your entire body. It’s rich in iron, protein, fiber, phosphorous, copper, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese, potassium, chlorophyll, beta-carotene, niacin, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, and thiamine. It’s low in fat, low in calories and low in cholesterol. It is also full of anti-oxidants, something that is great for the immune system.Below is a step by step way on how to make spinach pastries from scratch:
Preparation time: Two and a half hours
Servings: fifteen to twenty triangles
- Two cups of flour
- Half a cup of warm water
- ¼ cup of vegetable oil
- One tablespoon of yeast
- One teaspoon of salt
- One tablespoon of sugar
- Two cups of chopped spinach
- One small onion – chopped
- One lemon, freshly squeezed
- One tablespoon of olive oil
- Salt and black pepper for taste
- In a medium sized bowl, mix flour, yeast and salt together.
- In a smaller bowl, mix warm water, sugar and the oil.
- Add the water mixture to the flour and keep on mixing until a soft dough is formed. You may need to add some water, but only add a spoonful at a time.
- Cover the dough and let it rise for one hour.
- Once the dough has risen, make small balls, about the size of an egg and place them on a floured surface.
- Prepare the spinach filling by combining it all together and mixing.
- Place the spinach mix on a colander to separate the excess liquid.
- Roll open one egg-sized ball and place a spoon of spinach mix on the middle.
- Fold the sides atop the spinach to form a triangle.
- Place each triangle pastry on a lightly greased sheet.
- Bake on preheated oven – 275C for about twenty to thirty minutes, or until bottom is golden.
Note: you can add feta cheese to the spinach mix, or replace the spinach with tuna.