Popeye was right! Spinach gives you muscles. A recent study from the Swedish medical university, Karolinska Institutet, found that regular intake of Nitrate (a mineral which is prevalent in spinach, beetroot and other leafy vegetables) in a diet contributes to increased muscle strength. They also found that it doesn't take a lot of Nitrate to make the difference. So let's add some spinach into an already healthy curry and pump some iron - another mineral spinach is high in!
Yes, I totally stole the name, "Curry in a Hurry," from an Indian restaurant in NY (and probably elsewhere) - but it's fun to say. And it's true. This healthful curry is quick and easy. Butternut squash, tomatoes, spinach, onions and prawns give us loads of flavourful goodness.
500 grams butternut squash, peeled & diced
1 large onion, halved and sliced
3 tablespoons curry paste (I used tikka masala, but others will do as well)
1 can chopped tomatoes - or about 5 whole tomatoes, cut into chunks
water - 1 can/250 ml/1 cup
100 grams spinach - baby leaves or chopped regular
400 grams prawns (fresh or frozen - I used large frozen and they worked well)
Basmati rice, to serve
In a large saucepan, saute the onion in a splash of olive oil. Stirring, cook until onion soften.
Add curry paste and stir, cooking for a few more minutes.
Add squash, tomatoes, water and prawns. Bring to the boil, turn down and simmer for approximately 15 minutes. Check that the squash is softened, but don't allow it to get mushy.
Add the spinach in a few handfuls, stirring through as it wilts.
Serve over basmati rice.