Why Dr. Hoody Endorses this recipe:
Well, it turns out Popeye was right! Spinach is good for your body. Sauté spinach with garlic and heart healthy olive oil to bring the taste up to a whole new level. Spinach is one of our best sources of Vitamin A, C, K, Folate, Magnesium, Iron and Calcium. Plus, garlic helps regulate blood pressure and protect against cancer.
Each serving just 41 calories!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Makes 4 servings
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic, minced (about 3 cloves)
1 (12 oz) bag baby spinach leaves
¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste
Fresh ground pepper, to taste
- In a large, deep, nonstick pan or pot, heat olive oil. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
- Add all spinach, salt, pepper and toss with garlic and oil. Cover pan and cook on low for about 1 minute. Uncover pan, turn the heat on high and cook spinach for another minute, or two, stirring with a wooden spoon until all the spinach is wilted.
- Using a slotted spoon, lift the spinach into a serving dish or bowl and squeeze with a little fresh lemon all over the spinach.
- Serve hot.
There are two main varieties of spinach: flat-leaf and curly (baby spinach). The flat-leaf kind can be round or pointed while young baby spinach is tender and delicate. Fresh spinach cooks down to nothing. About 1 pound of raw spinach will yield 1 cup cooked.
Spinach is considered to be one of the “super foods.” No wonder, it’s rich in iron, vitamins A, C and beta-carotene.
Garlic promotes circulation and lowers cholesterol. It also contains sulfur compounds that may help to prevent cancer growth.
Eat it. Lot’s of it and be healthy.