Gynura: Longevity Spinach Superfood Recipes
...Can healthy food taste delicious? Healthy Longevity Spinach... it tastes like... spinach. You can add it to your salads, but let's face it, you can only eat so much of... a salad. So try it cooked!..
Gynura procubens - Longevity Spinach (Green leaves)
Gynura crepioides - Okinawa Spinach (Purple leaves)
They taste about the same although some say that the purple leaves have more flavor (does spinach have a flavor?)
Below is a basic recipe of Eggs with Longevity Spinach.
You can modify it by incorporating this wonderful edible into your favorite dishes. Just treat it like any other vegetable, use as a side dish, add to meats, stews, soups – just remember leaves are tender and only need 1-2 minutes of cooking time.
Let's do some cooking!
You will need:
- Longevity Spinach or Okinawa Spinach: 2 handfuls (trim extra leaves from a medium size plant in your garden)
- 1 cup Bacon (optional), sliced or chopped, or: 2 tbsp Olive or vegetable oil
- 1 large Onion, sliced in semi-rings
- 1 sweet pepper, red or yellow, sliced
- 3-5 cloves garlic, chopped (optional, to taste)
- 5-6 eggs
- 1 cup ground beef or turkey/chicken (optional), or mushrooms
- ½ cup shredded cheese (regular or Parmesan)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Sweet Chile Sauce (optional. Tastes great with this dish!)
- a glass of your favorite wine or cocktail to enjoy your dinner
Preparation time: 10 min
Makes dinner for 2
Trim your Longevity Spinach plant that you obtained from TopTropicals.com.
Remove leaves from cuttings and set aside. Root left over cuttings in water or potting mix and make more plants for your future cooking.
Wash leaves, let drain and set aside. If you have too many for one recipe, extra can be stored in refrigerator for up to a couple weeks, just like other greens.
Chop bacon, cook in a pan on medium heat till melted, and continue adding ingredients. This will be your cooking fat that adds extra flavor and deliciousness. If you don't like bacon, just heat up your favorite cooking oil.
Add sliced onions and cook on medium heat until light golden (1-2 min)
Step 5 (optional).
Add sliced mushrooms and cook for another minute.
Add sliced pepper and chopped garlic (optional) and continue cooking on low-medium for another minute.
*Cut spinach leaves in 1” pieces and add to the cooking pan. Stir in gently with a wood spatula and continue cooking on medium heat just until bright green color of spinach fades – 1 min. Do not overcook!
*If you are sipping wine during cooking, you may add a splash just before adding Spinach.
Break eggs and gently integrate them into the vegetables using a knife or a spatula. Soft-scramble just for 20-30 sec, do not overcook. Add salt and pepper to taste. Turn off the heat.
Step 9 (optional).
If you are not using mushrooms (step 5), you may add ground meat (beef, turkey or chicken) cooked with some seasoning and onions. It only takes an extra minute and should be prepared in a separate pan while your vegetables are cooking. Put cooked meats on top of your ready spinach-egg dish.
Sprinkle with shredded cheese or Parmesan and serve.
Can be served as a side dish with meats or fish!