The best from Italy and Greece, pesto and feta cheese, is united in this amazing chicken dish that is loved by people of all ages.
1½ lbs (700 g) chicken, thighs or breast
4 oz. (100 g) red or green pesto
1½ cups (400 ml) heavy whipping cream
½ cup (120 ml) pitted olives, black or green
½ lb (225 g) feta cheese, diced
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
Butter for frying
Why not serve with baby spinach or other leafy greens tossed with generous amounts of olive oil and a little salt...
Spinach belongs to the chenopodiaceae family (also known as goosefoot), a family of nutritional powerhouses including beets, chard and quinoa. It shares a similar taste profile with these two other vegetables; the bitterness of beet greens and the slightly salty flavour of chard. There are three different types of spinach generally available: savoy, semi-savoy and smooth leaf.
The popeye effect:
There is much lore regarding spinach, most famously as the source of Popeye's strength. When faced with the sight of trouble, pipe-smoking sailor-man Popeye would burst open a tin of spinach. Once consumed, his biceps would bulge and his new found strength would see him overcome his enemies. Although there is definitely lots of goodness in those leaves, the legendary statue Popeye bestowed on it is slightly inflated.
Spinach is available all year round but is in season during the spring (March - June). It is well known for its nutritional qualities and has always been regarded as a plant with remarkable abilities to restore energy, increase vitality and improve the quality of the blood. There are sound reasons why spinach would produce such results, primarily the fact that it is rich in iron. Iron plays a central role in the function of red blood cells which help in transporting oxygen around the body, in energy production and DNA synthesis. Spinach is also an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and folic acid as well as being a good source of manganese, magnesium, iron and vitamin B2. Vitamin K is important for maintaining bone health and it is difficult to find vegetables richer in vitamin K than spinach. Others include kale, broccoli and green cabbage.
A 100g serving provides:
23 calories 3g protein 0g fat 4g carbohydrates 2g fibre
Read more about Spinach here
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All the best Jan