With the Holidays just about here, one main concern is over indulging! Food is everywhere, and sometimes it can be hard to resist. The Holidays and tasty foods pretty much go hand in hand; it can certainly be a problem!
That’s why it is important to think twice before indulging in those Holiday favorites! If you are going to eat those extra calories, you might as well make sure they are beneficial in some way . . . right? For example if you eat something that is packed with antioxidant rich foods, you can at least pat yourself on the back knowing that even though you indulged in the extra calories, you still are fighting aging!
One Holiday favorite of mine is Spanakopita, which is loaded with spinach! Spinach is a very antioxidant rich food, and it has numerous benefits in addition to fighting aging. Below is a super easy holiday recipe to make this delicious favorite of mine, which is a recipe that works for any occasion! But don’t fret, if you are not able to squeeze in antioxidant rich foods into your diet this holiday season, make sure to check out our Featured Antioxidant Products!
Phyllo dough (freezer section at market)
1 cube butter
4 lbs. fresh spinach
2 lbs. ricotta cheese
2/3 lbs. feta cheese
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground garlic
1. Steam washed spinach until vivid green (do not over steam). Drain well by placing in strainer and then pressing excess water out with a few paper towels.
2. Stir ricotta cheese, feta cheese, pepper and garlic together. Then add well drained spinach.
3. Take a 9″x13″ glass pan and coat with melted butter. Take one roll of phyllo dough at room temperature, use half of it for the bottom layer. Put down a few pieces of dough, brush on melted butter, and add a few more pieces, more butter until you have layered half of one roll. Bake at 375 degrees until the dough is golden brown. Remove from oven put all of spinach mixture on the golden Phyllo dough.
4. Continue to layer dough and butter on the top of the spinach mixture. Lightly cover with tin foil and place back into the 375 degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove the tin foil and continue baking until the dough is golden brown.
5. Let stand for 10 minutes and then cut into squares for serving.