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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 2
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 264.1
  • Total Fat: 15.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 15.0 mg
  • Sodium: 577.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 22.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.5 g
  • Protein: 9.1 g

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Andi's Warm Bacon and Spinach Dinner Salad. Packed with healthy vitamins.

Submitted by: ANDICOONS

Introduction

I pulled this one together, with a little inspiration from a half dozen recipes. I'm eating alot of spinach now. As a pregnant woman, you learn that you have certain nutritional needs. 3 cups of raw spinach daily equates to your total daily vitamin C requirement, your total Leafy Green Vegetable requirement, and has calcium and iron to boot. (Requirements presented in What to Expect when You're Expecting). And it's really very very low in calories so it's (spinach) good for calorie counting diets too. So i consider spinach to be the ultimate power food. Look even though this has sinful tastes of bacon, and the sweetness of maple syrup it's still less than 270 calories for a nice big bowl full, a filling dinner, packed with calcium, iron, vitamin C, Vitamin A, and green leafy goodness. You could also split the portions into 4-6 smaller side salads and serve with a nice potato soup, or as an appetizer. I pulled this one together, with a little inspiration from a half dozen recipes. I'm eating alot of spinach now. As a pregnant woman, you learn that you have certain nutritional needs. 3 cups of raw spinach daily equates to your total daily vitamin C requirement, your total Leafy Green Vegetable requirement, and has calcium and iron to boot. (Requirements presented in What to Expect when You're Expecting). And it's really very very low in calories so it's (spinach) good for calorie counting diets too. So i consider spinach to be the ultimate power food. Look even though this has sinful tastes of bacon, and the sweetness of maple syrup it's still less than 270 calories for a nice big bowl full, a filling dinner, packed with calcium, iron, vitamin C, Vitamin A, and green leafy goodness. You could also split the portions into 4-6 smaller side salads and serve with a nice potato soup, or as an appetizer.
Number of Servings: 2

Ingredients

    Dressing -
    Maple Syrup, 2 tbsp
    Red Wine Vinegar, 1 tbsp (more if you like it a little more acidic)
    Salt, to taste
    Pepper, black, to taste
    Dijon Mustard, .5 tsp
    *Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 tbsp


    Center Cut Bacon, Hormel, 2 slices. Cooked until crisp, drained well, and crumbled into small peices.

    (Don't cringe, bacon isn't the leanest food but this is only 35 calories a slice and it has alot of flavor. Treat yourself every so often, you can easily cut the bacon amount in half or use turkey bacon. I just personally can't stand turkey bacon).

    Mushrooms, fresh, 1 cup, slices (4 oz is enough but 8 oz also works, i don't know how they consider 1cup here. 1- 8 oz package is obviously more than a cup, but 8oz is a cup. Use 1/2 to a whole 8oz package of sliced mushrooms.)

    RED Onions, raw, .5 medium (2-1/2" dia) sliced thinly
    Olive Oil, Extra Virgin, .5 tbs (more if needed)
    1-2 cloves pressed garlic

    Baby Spinach, 5 cup

Directions

Cook, 4 slices of center cut bacon (leaner than regular bacon and not thick cut) until crisp, drain and pat with paper towels, let cool and crumble into peices. Wipe bacon fat out of skillet, but don't wash it, the little bit of glistening bacon grease (just a thin coating) leftover after you remove most of it will add flavor.

Whisk together the following ingredients:

Maple Syrup, 2 tbsp
Red Wine Vinegar, 1 tbsp (more if you like it a little more acidic)
Salt, to taste
Pepper, black, to taste
Dijon Mustard, .5 tsp
*Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 tbsp

Set aside
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Bring 1/2 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil to med-high heat, add sliced mushrooms and sliced red onions, salt and pepper to taste, stir in 1-2 cloves of pressed or minced garlic. Cook on Med-High heat about 5 minutes or until tender stirring frequently.

Turn to Low Heat, add Dressing mixture to warm slightly. Keep on low heat or remove from heat. Add crumbled bacon. And add spinach a little at a time. Letting it wilt slightly, to reduce volume then add more, toss until well mixed. Some peices will be very wilted and others only slightly so.

This would also be good with parmesan or blue or gorgonzola cheese. It would probably be good also if you use orange juice to substitute for 1/2 of the maple syrup (or honey), and added fresh strawberries. You can also skip the 'heating' step and serve the dressing at room temperature or slightly chilled and just have the fresh crisp spinach instead.

Number of Servings: 2

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user ANDICOONS.






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