Popeye and your parents had it right when they told you to "eat your spinach!" Packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, spinach offers a veritable smorgasbord of health benefits. In fact, research has shown that eating this nutritional powerhouse can help prevent certain cancers and other illnesses like eye diseases and arthritis. At our medical weight loss centers, we recommend that our patients incorporate leafy green veggies like spinach into their weight loss plans.
When spinach is cooked right, it can be delicious! It's great as a low carb side dish and works with every type of protein. While spinach is low in fat, calories and cholesterol, it’s packed with nutrients that boost your health and weight loss efforts. It contains antioxidant flavonoids that fight free radical damage and is rich in zinc, niacin, fiber, protein, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, copper and folate. Spinach is literally the perfect side dish.
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1 1/2 pounds baby spinach leaves
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
6 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tbsp unsalted butter
One fresh lemon
Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Rinse the spinach well in cold water to make sure it's very clean. Spin it dry in a salad spinner, leaving just a little water clinging to the leaves.
In a very large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil and saute the garlic over medium heat for about one minute—but not until it's browned. Add all the spinach, the salt, and pepper to the pot, toss it with the garlic and oil, cover the pot, and cook it for two minutes. Uncover the pot, turn the heat on high, and cook the spinach for another minute, stirring with a wooden spoon, until all the spinach is wilted. Using a slotted spoon, put the spinach into a serving bowl. Top with unsalted butter and squeeze lemon over the top. Season with Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve hot.
Makes two servings.