Friday, April 18, 2014

Healthy Garlic Sautéed Spinach

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Spinach is good for your body.  Sautéing with garlic and olive oil brings the taste of spinach up to a whole new level. Cooked spinach is usually associated with "ugh!" from kids and adults alike, unless loaded with cream and butter. Here is a fantastic way to cook fresh spinach that will tantalize your taste buds.

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  • 1 1/2 pounds baby spinach leaves
  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic (6 cloves)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Sea or kosher salt, optional
  • 2 tablespoon sesame seed
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper, optional

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  • Rinse the spinach well in cold water to make sure it's very clean. Spin it dry in a salad spinner, leaving just a little water clinging to the leaves.
  • In a cast iron frying pan heat the olive oil and sauté the garlic over medium heat for about 1 minute, but not until it's browned. Add all the spinach, the salt, and pepper to the pot, toss it with the garlic and oil, cover the pot, and cook it for 2 minutes. Uncover the pot, turn the heat on high, and cook the spinach for another minute, stirring with a wooden spoon, until all the spinach is wilted. Using a slotted spoon, lift the spinach to a serving plate and top with the sesame seeds , and a sprinkling of sea or kosher salt. Serve hot! I usually serve this dish with brown rice or with crusty or toasted brown bread.  Enjoy!

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