This quick and easy spinach recipe is the perfect way to prepare the best tasting side dish around. Buy spinach in bunches to cut down on plastic packaging then sauté it with some simple herbs and spices for the most flavorful preparation. When you need a break from green salads or want a warm dish in colder weather, cooking spinach is a perfect way to get nutrients and antioxidants. Garlic, lemon juice and fresh capers add an unexpected zest and richness to a simple veggie dish.
Spinach has protein; folate, which promotes healthy skin, hair, and eyes; lutein, which may help protect the skin from environmental damage; and cancer-fighting isothiocyanates.
YIELDS 1 CUP
1 pound fresh spinach
½ fresh lemon, juiced with seeds removed
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbs. olive oil
¼ tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbs. capers
1. Clean spinach, removing stems and any dirt. Pat lightly dry.
2. Combine lemon juice, minced garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and capers in a small bowl.
3. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add liquid combination and spinach. Stir lightly for 4-6 minutes until spinach wilts and garlic is fragrant.
4. Cover pan, remove from heat and let rest for an additional 5 minutes. Serve spinach hot, spooning additional liquid on top for added flavor.
Carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin)