5 Minute Sauteed Spinach

by zesty on January 12, 2009 · 23 comments

Monday is back!  I hope you had a great weekend.  I had a busy yet productive couple days.  I was able to complete some tasks that have been on the to do list for a very long time.  As well, I spent some quality time with the family which is always great.

Todays recipe is killer easy and super tasty – well if you like spinach of course.  I am a huge fan of spinach so when I make this dish, there is rarely any leftovers.  This recipe also allows you to be flexible - use what ingredients you have on hand, mix and match flavors and enjoy the freshness.

Sauteed Spinach

A 5 minute side dish packed with flavor.  Give this a try  – you will be very glad you did!


  • 4 cups spinach
  • 1/4 cup low fat cream
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed and made into paste
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • Handful of chopped fresh basil
  • Salt


  1. Preheat pan and add olive oil.
  2. Add spinach and allow to wilt down. Stirring for 1 minute.
  3. Add garlic, cayenne, black pepper. Stir for 2 minutes.
  4. Add low fat cream -stir and leave until bubbly.
  5. Top with pine nuts, green onion and fresh basil.
  6. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: To make garlic paste, add a bit of salt to your cutting board and crush the clove of garlic on top.  Then using your knife smear the garlic back and forth into the salt mixture.  The salt will help form a paste by breaking down the garlic and you are ready to go.

So there you have it.  A simple dish packed with flavor that goes great with pretty much anything.  You can also toss some protein in there and have it as a main dish. I hope you enjoy the spinach!

So as many of you know and for those who don’t, my goal for zestycook is to offer readers simple, quick and tasty recipes that can be made with regular ingredients.  In the near future I am putting together a “THINK ZESTY” brochure/page that will help you with tips and tricks on how to be more efficient and healthy in the kitchen.

For me, I find it hardest to eat healthy on the weekend.  Do you have a time of the week where you get in a rut and tend to order in or go for fast food?  Let me know – I hope I’m not the only one!

Have a great Monday and don’t forget to get your name in for the giveaway.  Link back to it on your blog for an extra entry or subscribe to zesty.

Take care


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