I cook pretty much every night. I like to try different recipes and play with flavors. And I have a food blog–duh. So, I like to think that I know a little something about cooking. But, truth be told, sometimes I really don’t want to cook. It can feel like a chore or an obligation. Some days I’m just really not in the mood. On those days, I pull myself together and pull out this recipe. Because, folks, my sauteed spinach and garlic recipe is the easiest dish you will ever make.
It can get pretty boring to try to find creative ways to make vegetable side dishes. I have my go-to spice mix for roasted veggies and some salads in the back of my mind. If I’m not following a recipe online, or cooking a one-pot dish that already has some veggies, then I go to plan B. Meaning, I just pick something green and try to throw it together. In this case, I picked spinach.
Spinach is extremely healthy–a super food, as they say. It’s low in calorie and fat, and high in nutrition and all kinds of good vitamins. Among other things, it’s great for hair and skin. For more on spinach’s many health benefits, click here. But let’s get back to cooking. Like I said, cooking spinach is very easy and quick. You can steam, fry or saute it. Either way, it’ll take no more than 10 minutes and the smallest effort on your part. Today, we saute.
Two things about cooking spinach: you will need a deep pan to saute, like a wok, and you will need to cook a lot of it. Spinach once it’s heated wilts and shrinks down. So, just because 2 cups looks like a lot, it probably will only feed one or two people in the end. Same goes for cooking it in a deep dish–you need a deep dish to pile up all the leaves but once it’s cooked, it shrink down to half the amount.
Last but not least, let’s talk garlic. Spinach has a naturally peppery taste. You could easily cook it without any seasoning or spices, but I don’t like to. It comes out very one-note and flat in taste for my liking. I also think it tastes a bit too bitter without a little something extra. Then again, my taste buds lean a bit more toward the sweet side. Anyways, to add another flavor and a little bit of balance, I added some minced garlic. That adds may 2% more work and cooking time as well. Just don’t burn it or else your whole dish will taste like burnt food!
Now when it comes to cooking this dish, I cannot stress the ease of it all enough. To prepare your dish, just cut up some garlic. To cook your dish, add some olive oil to a deep pan and saute said garlic. Then, add the spinach and saute until it wilts down. THAT’S IT! This dish is perfect for a crazy night, a busy person, a beginner cook, or even just someone who doesn’t really feel like cooking. No matter your reason, you’re going to love this insanely tasty, healthy, and easy dish.
What’s your easiest dish? What do you make when you don’t want to cook?
Sauteed Spinach and Garlic
- 4 cups spinach
- 4 cloves garlic minced
In a deep frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. Saute the garlic until lightly brown and aromatic, about 3 minutes. Add the spinach, cup-by-cup, and cook down until wilted through. Saute until fully cooked. Serve on the side!