Sunday, April 27, 2008

Easy Recipe for Stir-Fried Spinach with Garlic and Parmesan

Stir-Fried SpinachI love to buy those big containers of organic baby spinach from Costco and use it for spinach salad, then when the spinach has been in the fridge for a while but there's still some left, I'll make this easy and quick version of stir-fried spinach which tastes wonderful. This recipe uses the same stir-frying technique of seasoning the oil I talked about earlier. This time it's garlic that gets sauteed for a few minutes in the hot oil, seasoning the spinach with a delightful garlic flavor.

I don't participate in a lot of blog events, but when Chris of Mele Cotte announced Cooking to Combat Cancer again this year, I didn't want to miss it. Not only is Chris a fellow educator, but she's a cancer survivor herself and a great person! Spinach is one of those cancer fighting superfoods we should all be eating regularly, and with this easy recipe, you can fit it into your menu more often.

Stir-Fried Spinach with Garlic and Parmesan
(Makes 2 servings, recipe created by Kalyn)

8 oz baby spinach leaves
2 T olive oil
6-8 whole garlic cloves
1-2 T freshly grated parmesan cheese
fresh ground black pepper to taste

Use a large heavy frying pan or wok for this recipe. Wash spinach if needed and spin dry or blot with paper towels. (I buy pre-washed spinach so I can skip this step.)

Heat pan or wok for about one minute over medium high heat, until it feels hot if you hold your hand over it. Add olive oil and heat until oil shimmers, then add garlic cloves and stir-fry for 30 seconds to one minute, or until you can smell garlic. (Don't cook it so long that the garlic starts to brown or it will taste bitter.) Remove garlic and discard.

Add spinach to hot seasoned oil and immediately start to stir, lifting spinach from the bottom of the hot pan as it wilts and letting the uncooked spinach move to the bottom. Cook only until all spinach is hot and wilted, about 2-3 minutes.

Remove spinach to serving plate. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and season with fresh-ground pepper. Serve hot.

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South Beach Diet and Low-Glycemic Suggestions:
This is a perfect side dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet or any other low-glycemic eating plan.

More Delicious Dishes with Spinach:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly, check ingredients.)
Sauteed Spinach with Parmesan and Pine Nuts
Spinach Salad with Warm Ginger Vinaigrette
Thanksgiving Spinach Salad with Dried Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat cheese
Spinach Salad Recipe with Marinated Garbanzo Beans and Feta Cheese
Asian Spinach Salad with Shrimp, Red Pepper, and Mushrooms
Creamed Spinach with Bacon from Simply Recipes
Gluten-Free Spinach-Onion Dosa from Fun and Food
Crustless Spinach, Onion, and Feta Quiche from Baking Bites
Spinach Casserole from A Veggie Venture
Spinach and Tofu Salad with Sesame Miso Dressing from Rasa Malaysia

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  1. First time I came to NZ, I was a bit surprised to see how different spinach and its treatment in the kitchen compared to those grown in Indonesia. I always love leafy vegetables. This is another sample for me what to do with spinach other than just cook them for quiche filling or phyllo parcels. Thanks, Kalyn!

  2. All hail spinach, once hated as kids, held dear as adults.

    Fight cancer!

  3. Another fabulous recipe! I am pleased/honored to have you part of CCC2. Thanks for your continued support!

  4. Spinach stir-fried with garlic is my new favorite side dish, part of a conscious effort to eat more dark greens. A sprinkling of good sea salt and black pepper at the end makes it just perfect -- and of course you can eat a massive amount of it for very few calories.

  5. Yum! This is one of my favorite ways to eat spinach!

  6. I eat a lot of fresh spinach because it so nutritious and low in calories. I agree that simple seasoned with garlic and cheese is absolutely delicious. Have you ever added Kalamata olives to it? Mmmmmm....

  7. Oh no. I've been snooping around your archived recipes for something delicious to do with asparagus. And the home page lads up and I see this! It's a tough choice between the delicious sounding asparagus and garlic and this delightful spinach dish!

  8. This is a perfect way to use up all that Costco spinach! And so simple. Thanks!

  9. I make a very similar dish with Swiss Chard...SO good.


  10. Oh Kalyn, I really love this. Most excellent cause!

  11. Hi Kalyn,

    Just a short note to let you know that you have been nominated to IFP (Inspiring Food Photography) in May:

    Have a great day, Margot

  12. Margot, I am speechless! Thank you for the honor!

  13. This sounds like a simple and tasty was to enjoy one of my favorite vegetables!

  14. I buy that spinach too- it is so versatile- spinach salad, sauteed spinach and white beans, creamed spinach-good thing the Costco only sells the big bags!

  15. Gotta love bags of baby spinach... could there be anything easier to cook? This looks so simple and delicous :)

  16. this is a great entry for the event Kalyn! spinach is so versatile!:)

  17. Yummy! Spinach is one of my three year old's favorite foods. I will definitely try this!


  18. Hi Kalyn, Love the stir-fried spinach recipe, but a little concerned about the use of olive oil as it has a low burning temp that can cause it to be carcinogenic, it would be better to use an organic cold pressed rapeseed or sunflower oil as this can be taken to a much higher temp without burning.

  19. Kevin, you are free to use any oil you wish.


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