Hey there :)
Do you know what alien-poop tastes like? I can proudly say I know. I figured it out. Wanna know? It tastes like spinach.
It all started with an innocent but big bag of spinach and me ignoring the wise words of my boyfriend “I don’t think we can eat that before it gets bad”. Nah. Sure we can. I’ll just throw them in some smoothies, it’ll be gone in a jiffy. So I thought. But who am I? Popeye? Well, turns out I am not and my taste buds have a limit to happily accept yet another green smoothie within a few days. Don’t get me wrong, I like a green smoothie once in a while, but now I know I don’t like them all the time. Meaning although I was able to reduce the amount of spinach, we still had some a lot.
So I kept thinking about what to do with that damn spinach. Freeze? Yeah could do that, my frozen kale, cauliflower, berries and bananas would love to find yet another buddy. Ok. Maybe not.
So the second round of thinking begun. Soup? No thank you, soup is for winter days. Or for never. Soup is not my favorite.
And the third attempt of thinking finally got me to a conclusion. You like biscuits. Just throw them in there, it’ll make for a nice color to :) Problem solved. Damn, I am such a smart cookie. Hooray for me.
Mep. Think again. My plan was going for my standard biscuit dough (I made quite a few biscuits before) and just adjust one thing or the other. And as I wanted them green one of my first substitutions obviously was the spinach. No need for buttermilk. Just puree the spinach and throw it in for a boost of vitamins and minerals. A winner, right?
My second substitution was using avocado instead of butter. I mean, substituting super healthy fats. Genius, right?
And of course I went for whole grain flour and decided to add some dried tomatoes, feta and chives. Wohoo.
… Bohoo… Pureeing spinach isn’t that easy all on its own. And after all it’s not quite the same consistency as buttermilk. So I had to rethink again. And this is the final result: alien-poop :)
Although they might not be the prettiest or easiest to handle biscuits I have ever made, they are good if it come to taste – if you like spinach of course. My plan of rolling the dough out and then cut smaller rounds of it didn’t work and I had to shape it by hand into rounds. But that’s like being allowed to play with your food. Get messy with it. Or have your child, younger sibling, nephew whoever make it. It’s fun once you stop trying to make those biscuits pretty :)
So, here I am, posting a not so pretty recipe. But I promise when you like spinach, you’ll like them. And you will know, what alien-poop tastes like ;)
prep time: 30 minutes + baking time + cleaning time :P
yields: about 10-12 little poops.
- 1 Cup / 130g whole spelt flour
- 1 Cup / 130g whole rye flour (or substitute for one more cup spelt flour)
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- 3 Cups packed / 125g spinach
- ½ Cup / 150g greek yoghurt
- 1 avocado
- 1 egg
- about ¾ Cup / 100g cubed feta
- about ½ Cup / 70g cut dried tomatoes (about 10 pieces)
- 1 Tbsp. chopped chives
- salt and pepper to taste
Just with these ingredients they are a little plain. So if you want to give them an extra twist add some grated orange zest or grated ginger for example :)
In a big bowl mix flours, baking powder, baking soda, a generous dash of salt and pepper (and other some ginger and orange peel if desired) and set aside.
Wash the spinach.
In a mixer add the greek yoghurt, the egg, the flesh of the avocado. Pulse several times. Then blend until everything is mixed together thoroughly.
Now fold the spinach mixture into the flour mixture or stir with a wooden spoon until everything is evenly distributed. You should have a fairly green and sticky mixture.
If not done already, cut the feta and the dried tomatoes into small pieces and chop the chives. Fold into the dough.
With your hands (use some sterile gloves if you have) or with the help of a spoon put the dough into rounds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. This might make quite a mess as the dough is sticky. But it doesn’t have to look super even. When all the dough is used, take spoon and try to smooth out the little dough-poops a bit.
Bake at 175°C for about 20-25 minutes.
Take out of the oven and let cool slightly. Enjoy :)
I had mine with some salad and breaded goat’s cheese.
A little something on spinach…
Spinach is a low calorie food which makes it a good choice of you want to reduce caloric intake. It has a good amount of fiber and quite some protein for a vegetable, even with a good quality. It is high in potassium, magnesium and calcium and further mot contains some copper, manganese and zinc. And of course iron.
Present Vitamins are A, C and E (which is some sort of “beauty vitamin” as it protects the tissues of the skin etc.).
So all in all that sounds quite good. However spinach also contains some oxalic acids, which may bind some minerals, also calcium, and is even toxic. So it is not wise to overconsume it. Especially if you are having some issues with your kidneys. But eaten in moderate amounts it shouldn’t cause that much problems on a healthy body. I ate a lot these days and I’m still alive ;)
Haas, Elson: Staying healthy with nutrition