Quick and Healthy Savory Spinach
Looking for a way to eat more veggies this summer? This quick and easy spinach recipe is the perfect way to prepare the best tasting side dish around. Buy spinach in bunches to cut down on plastic packaging then sauté it with some simple herbs and spices for the most flavorful preparation. When you need a break from green salads or want a warm dish in colder weather, cooking spinach is a perfect way to get nutrients and antioxidants. Garlic, lemon juice and fresh capers add an unexpected zest and richness to a simple veggie dish. Spinach has unique phytochemicals including a variety of carotenoid antioxidants as well as glycoclycerolipids which are compounds found in some green plants as a result of photosynthesis or energy from sunlight. Maximize your nutrient intake with quick and healthy savory spinach today!
YIELDS 1 CUP
1 pound fresh spinach
½ fresh lemon, juiced with seeds removed
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon olive oil
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons capers
Clean spinach, removing stems and any dirt. Pat lightly dry. Combine lemon juice, minced garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and capers in a small bowl. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add liquid combination and spinach. Stir lightly for 4-6 minutes until spinach wilts and garlic is fragrant. Cover pan, remove from heat and let rest for an additional 5 minutes. Serve spinach hot, spooning additional liquid on top for added flavor.
Carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin)
Reduce inflammatory process in cells, tissues, and blood vessels, helping to slow aging and reduce risk of long-term disease.
Prevents and repairs oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals.
Support the body’s resistance to infection and strengthen immune vigilance and response.
Improves mood, memory, and focus.
Reduces risk factors for common degenerative and age-related diseases.