Spinach and Garlic with Pine Nuts

Spinach and Garlic With Pine Nuts


Popeye's old standby, spinach will boost your immune system by adding beta-carotene, folic acid, magnesium, and vitamin K to your diet. Good news! Spinach is available year-round. It may not give you super strength, but enjoy this dish and reap all the nutrient powers of spinach!

Makes 2 (3/4-cup) servings

In the store, choose the thicker, shinier spinach leaves for sautéing. The flat, more delicate spinach is better for eating raw.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: under 20 minutes

1/2 pound spinach leaves, tough stems removed (3 1/2 to 4 cups loosely packed)
1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon pine nuts
1 garlic clove, sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Wash spinach and spin dry, leaving some small beads of water on the leaves.

2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pine nuts and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly golden, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.

3. Add spinach to the pan, in batches if necessary, and sauté until the leaves start to wilt, 30 seconds. Stir and toss frequently, until all spinach is wilted and liquid is absorbed, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper before serving

Serving suggestions:

  • Serve as a side or adder to chicken and brown rice. Try serving baked pork chops with spinach draped on top.
  • Sprinkle lemon juice on top just before serving.