Simple Sauteed Spinach with garlic and citrus

Simple Sauteed Spinach

Sauteed spinach is a simple and delicious side dish that is ready to serve in about 15 minutes.  The combination of garlic, salt, and lemon juice bring out the flavor of this delicious and nutritious leafy green vegetable.  This is the perfect way to prepare fresh spinach from your garden or the Farmer’s Market.  Simple Sauteed Spinach with garlic and lemon or lime

All you need to do is saute some garlic in a little olive oil, toss in the spinach and let it wilt.   It’s perfectly okay if your pan looks too small for the volume of spinach.  In fact, it takes about a pound of raw spinach to give you one cup cookedSimple Sauteed Spinach--Spinach shrinks when sauteed This might make you wonder why I  bother.  The reason is simple.  I frequently find myself in possession of fresh spinach.   Spinach, being a delicate green is easiliy bruised which causes it to spoil quickly in the fridge.  Our first use for spinach is always salads, but if we have more than we can use in salads, sauteed spinach is always a welcome addition to the menu.  Simple Sauteed Spinach with garlic and citrus If you’re a frequent visitor to my website, you will notice that there are some similarities between this recipe and the one for beet greens I posted in June.  That’s because most greens get a boost of flavor from the combination of members of the Allium family and some type of acid.    My mom almost always used apple cider vinegar, but I’ve branched out since being on my own and have used many different variations with different greens.  Lime juice is my favorite addition to spinach.

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Simple Sauteed Spinach
Recipe type: Vegetable Side Dish
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Serves: ¾ cup
Raw spinach is one of those things that shrinks to nothing when you cook it. It/s almost better to begin with the frozen stuff, but when you have an abundance of fresh spinach, this is a great way to prepare it. Simple, delicious, and full of flavor. this 15 minute side dish is perfect for a busy week night. Chef's note: This recipe is easy to double, triple, or...
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 ounces package of fresh baby spinach (7½ to 8 cups fresh spinach)
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon fresh lemon or lime juice
  1. Heat oil in skillet.
  2. Add garlic to hot oil.
  3. Saute for 1-2 minutes until garlic begins to soften but don't let it burn or it will be bitter.
  4. Add spinach to pan and stir constantly until the spinach is wilted.
  5. Sprinkle with salt and mix well.
  6. Stir in lemon or lime juice just before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving                                                                                                                       Serves  2
Calories 99
% Daily Value
Total Fat 7.7g
Saturated Fat 1.1g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 282mg
Total Carbohydrates 6.2g
Dietary Fiber 3.8g
Sugars 0.7g
Protein 4.9g
Vitamin A 319%
Vitamin C 81%
Calcium 17%
Iron 26%


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