spinach mac n cheese

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Baby Spinach
Superfood Credentials: Along with hefty amounts of vitamins C and K, spinach is high in manganese, which helps with calcium absorption, and folate, part of the family of B vitamins that helps convert the food you eat into fuel.

How to Add It to Your Life: The quickest trick to healthifying any—and we mean any—pasta dish? Mitchell says it's adding tender, mild and nutrient-dense baby spinach, since the leaves wilt in a flash. Their subtle flavor makes them mesh seamlessly with a range of flavors (garlic, a building block for many pasta recipes, is an especially good match), and the soft texture won't take away from anything else that's going on, whether you're making creamy mac 'n' cheese or hearty rigatoni with sausage.

Get the recipe: Marcus Samuelssons' Mac 'n' Cheese