5-6 ounces of spinach leaves
2 large garlic cloves
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons water
These amounts make a perfect side for two.
In a large sautee pan over medium to medium-high heat, add the 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and the 2 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped. Stir and cook for about 30 seconds, until the garlic is fragrant.
Add in the spinach leaves and toss in the olive oil and garlic mixture. Half way through their wilting process, add in the two tablespoons of water, continuing to stir. Allow the leaves to wilt completely, and once the water is evaporated, remove from heat.
Toss with the fresh lemon zest, and serve!
I ate mine with these incredible Sauteed Spicy Onions!
There are some really small and non-bucket list worthy things in life that I just do not think I will ever do. For example, finishing a tube of chap stick. I always lose it way before its time, or buy a new one because it looks gross, etc!
Until I started really committing to making all (most) of my meals, another one of these things was finishing a box of spinach (or kale.. or arugula.. mixed greens.. you name it). I could just never get to the end of the box before it went bad and I had to throw the remainder away. Is it just me or do those things go so quickly!? I know the box is probably to blame... but making all of your meals takes time, and these pre-trimmed and washed options are a huge time saver. However - (!!!) - I can now officially say I am not only finishing my box of lettuce every week, but probably finishing about three. Go me.
With this new feat, I've had a lot of opportunities to mess around with the endless possibilities of sauteed spinach. This recipe is absolutely my favorite! It is easy, fresh, delicious, and so good for you. It is incredibly flavorful on its own, but without the use of any cream, butter, or onions, I find it is the perfect base for just about anything. I have yet to have a problem with flavor clashing with this recipe.
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