Spinach With Garbanzos, Raisins, and Pine Nuts
Notes: Not only is spinach a rich source of protective carotenoids, chlorophyll, and fiber, but it also contains a phytochemical that has been reported to inhibit the growth of human breast cancer cells. Both onions and garlic are rich sources of allium compounds that may decrease reproduction of tumor cells and block action of cancer causing chemicals. Garbanzo beans are rich in fiber and contain isoflavones, which have been reported to decrease the risk of estrogren-related (breast, ovarian) cancers.
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 large cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1-lb. bag chopped spinach
- 1 15-oz. can garbanzo beans, drained
- 1 cup raisins
- 2 tbsp. pine nuts, lightly toasted (still good even if not toasted)
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- Pepper to taste
In a large skillet, saute onion and garlic in oil until onion begins to soften, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, toast the pine nuts in a small iron skillet over medium heat stirring them constantly so they do not burn. Add garbanzo beans, spinach, raisins, pine nuts, nutmeg, salt, and pepper to the onion and garlic mixture. Saute over medium heat for about 5 minutes until heated through.
Makes 4 portions (each a generous cup). Each portion provides approximately 330 calories, 12 grams protein, 8 grams fat, 60 grams carbohydrates, and 11 grams fiber.