Did you know that October is Spinach Lovers Month? I did not until recently and let me tell you, this leafy green deserves its own month due to its health benefits and vesitility. I love spinach and have added it to many pasta dishes and breakfast quiches. It adds so much texture and flavor to my food. I was recently sent 6 cans of spinach; 3 Freshlike and 3 Popeye to review on Lori’s Culinary Creations. Being that it was spinach lovers month, I thought this was awesome.
Freshlike and Popeye are products from Allen’s Vegetables. A little bit about them from their website:
Allens, Inc., a family-owned and operated vegetable processor, remains focused on the same core values that were set when the company was founded. Allens, Inc. began as Allen Canning Company in 1926 near Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
Earl Allen started the company and helped it survive The Great Depression and severe droughts of the 1930s. Earl’s son Delbert took over leadership in the forties and helped to expand production while providing canned vegetables to our troops during World War II. The growth and expansion continued as more items were added to Allens’ product line and state of the art facilities enhanced productivity. During the seventies, growth allowed for the purchase of other companies and brands like Popeye Brand Spinach.
Spinach has many excellent health benefits too. Packed full of vitamin A and fiber, even canned spinach has benefits. And canned is convenient in a pinch and is a great addition to recipes. I recently used a can of Freshlike for some crab and spinach enchiladas with green sauce and I will say… it was delicious, flavorful and left me wanting more.
Crab and Spinach Enchiladas
|Prep time||10 minutes|
|Cook time||25 minutes|
|Total time||35 minutes|
|Meal type||Main Dish|
- 1 can crab meat, 6 oz (drained)
- 1 can Freshlike Spinach (drained)
- 1 clove Garlic (chopped)
- 1 cup Monterrey Jack Cheese (shredded & divided)
- 1 cup queso fresco cheese (crumbled & divided)
- 1/2 can Medium heat green enchilada sauce
- avocado & tomato to garnish (chopped)
- 4 Flour Tortillas, 8" size
Substitue shrimp for a nice variation or use tofu to make it vegetarian for meatless Mondays
I loved the fresh taste of the Freshlike spinach in these crab and spinach enchiladas. I think the crab and spinach compliment each other nicely. The queso freso melted right into the tortillas and gave the enchiladas a creamy texture. And using a medium green sauce instead of a milder one gave this a nice kick without the burning you can get with medium to hot sauces.
Am I a fan of Popeyes and Freshlike? Yes, I am. I find both varieties of canned spinach very delicious and easy to use in my recipes. And with Popeye on the label of one, the kids will be more apt to give it a try. Who doesn’t love Popeye?
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.