Have you been thinking about spinach and salads like I have been for the last few days  *  need more greens in the diet  *  Take a 6 oz bag of fresh baby spinach and rinse it well  *  fill a bowl with ice, cold water and spinach and place in the refrigerator  *  Preheat a large saute pan and add 2 Tbsp of olive oil  *  add one finely chopped small shallot  *  add 8 oz of sliced white mushrooms  *  Cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until the mushrooms soften  *  In a separate bowl whisk together 3 Tbsp of maple syrup – 2 Tbsp of deli-style mustard  – 2 Tbsp of lite olive oil  *  add to mushrooms and cook for 1 – 2 minutes or until warm  *  Remove the spinach from the refrig and spin dry  *   Place spinach in a salad bowl and add the mushroom mixture  *  Toss to coat  *  Top with 2 oz of crushed pecan pieces  *  Some recipes call for sherry or white wine vinegar instead of 2 Tbsp of olive oil  *  It’s not my preference,  but some people like the taste  *  As for me vinegar is best used as an astringent for the skin  *  Warm Maple Mushrooms can also make a nice topping for steak

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