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Julia From My Lavender Blues Reviews Our Spinach and Yogurt with Dukkah Recipe

She found both a healthy alternative to creamed spinach and a new homemade spice blend.

Published July 9, 2018.

A simple approach to amping up the nutrition in our cooking, Nutritious Delicious focuses on 50 everyday superfoods among vegetables and fruit, grains, and proteins, and uses them as the basis for building more nutrient-packed versions of the dishes we love for every meal of the day.


Julia from My Lavender Blues has been a friend of America's Test Kitchen for a while, reviewing some of our recipes and cookbooks and accompanying the posts with her impressive food photography and styling. (It's no surprise that her day job is as a professional food and prop stylist.) She recently cooked through some recipes in our superfoods cookbook, Nutritious Delicious, and wrote about her favorite: Sautéed Spinach and Yogurt with Dukkah.

“I’ve been talking about this dukkah for about a week now,” Julia wrote. “It’s so good and incredibly easy to make. The recipes in this book are fairly easy to follow so are great for any level cook.”

Since creamed spinach is hard to resist, we sought a healthier route to avoid all the butter and cream that cancels out the healthful benefits of spinach, such as iron and vitamin K. We were pleased to find the tanginess of yogurt paired even better with the spinach’s earthy flavor. To emphasize the yogurt’s tang, we added lemon zest and juice and drizzled it over our garlicky spinach.

Sprinkling on dukkah, a power-packed Middle Eastern spice blend of ground roasted chickpeas, nuts, and seeds, lent a nice textural contrast and elevated the flavor of the spinach. Traditionally, it’s sprinkled on olive oil to use as a dip for bread, but it also makes a crunchy garnish for soup, salads and vegetables. (You can learn more about it in this article about your must-have Mediterranean Diet Shopping List.)

The best part? Our homemade dukkah can be refrigerated for up to one month.

“Store your leftover dukkah in a sealed container in the fridge so you can reuse it all week!" Julia wrote. "It’s the BEST."

Nutritious Delicious

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What’s your favorite way to boost the nutritional value of your meal? Let us know in the comments! You can find the recipe for Sautéed Spinach, Yogurt, and Dukkah, on Julia's blog. And for more information on healthy eating, check out these articles:

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