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Simple Wilted Spinach with Garlic Recipe

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One of my family's favorite side dish recipes is this simple wilted spinach with garlic recipe.

Wilted spinach and garlic in a serving bowl.

Even my pickiest young adult children (yes – the eat your vegetables struggle continues) will eat their leafy greens served this way.

Ingredients

All you need are the most basic of ingredients:

  • a tub of fresh spinach
  • fresh garlic cloves
  • salt, pepper, and olive oil

How easy is that?

Cooking Utensils Needed

I find that this recipe works best when made in a large, deep, nonstick pan.

I also like to use a set of long silicone tipped tongs – so as not to scratch the pan.

How to Make the Spinach

Photo showing wilted spinach with garlic in a nonstick pan with long handled silicone tipped tongs.

Wash and dry the spinach. A salad spinner works really well for this.

Crush and chop the garlic – I use a large, flat chef style knife and my favorite walnut cutting board to get this done.

Heat the olive oil in the nonstick pan over medium heat.

Toss in the chopped garlic and sauté for about a minute, until it starts to brown.

Add the spinach, the salt, and the pepper.

Use the tongs to stir and fold over the spinach in the pan.

At first, the spinach will pretty much fill the pan.

But as the spinach cooks, it will release water and start to wilt and shrink down.

When the spinach is wilted but not overdone, remove from heat.

This does not take very long – about 3 minutes or so.

Serve warm.

And that's it.

I find that this side dish goes well with just about any main dish recipe.

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bowl of wilted spinach with garlic side dish

Simple Wilted Spinach and Garlic Recipe

Yield: 4 side dish servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This wilted spinach recipe is easy to make and a family favorite.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 11 oz tub of fresh baby spinach, washed and dried
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves, peeled, crushed, and chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in the nonstick pan over medium heat.
  2. Toss in the chopped garlic and sauté for about a minute, until it starts to brown.
  3. Add the spinach, the salt, and the pepper.
  4. Use the tongs to stir and fold over the spinach in the pan.
  5. Sauté for about 3 minutes or until spinach is wilted but not overcooked.
  6. Remove from heat and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 50Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 194mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

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