I 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.
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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