What do you do when you get a ton of spinach from your friend who happens to be a farmer?
First of all, you extend gratitude. Then you make garlicky spinach with walnuts.
To my delight, people love spinach and will stick it in everything. It’s funny, as I’m Spinach Tiger, but I don’t think I have enough spinach recipes here, although I love this spinach salad with grilled peaches and this spinach soup.
This recipe uses garlicky spinach uses fresh spinach, but you can use pre-packaged spinach, frozen spinach, fresh spinach purchased at grocery store. This just picked spinach is a little different in that it has larger leaves and is full of sand. You will need to get a tub and rinse the leaves very well. Once you’re sure you got all the sand out, lay out on paper towels and dry well.
If you have a lot of spinach as I did, you can freeze the leaves. Follow these careful instructions here so your spinach will last.
Spinach, unlike kale, cooks way down, so plan to make more than you think you need. Spinach shrinks by 75%.
Is spinach low-carb?
I’m glad you asked. Spinach is high in fiber, low in carbs and this recipe will be placed in my 30 low carb vegetables post which links 75 of my low carb vegetable recipes.
Does spinach have protein?
Yes. 2.71 mg per 100 grams. This is not a high amount, but spinach is a good source of iron, calcium and Vitamin A.
The benefits of spinach can be found in my extensive Spinach 101 found here.
There are three types of Spinach
- Savoy: Dark green, crinkly, curly, sold loose in fresh produce department and is the hardest to clean.
- Semi-savoy: Less crinkly, and easier to clean.
- Flat Leafed: most often packaged, easiest to clean, most consumer friendly.
The recipe for Garlicky spinach is pretty straight forward. I slice garlic thinly and do a very quick sauté in olive oil. After about a minute I add walnuts to get them nice and toasted. Add a little salt, swirl around and then add my spinach. Lower the heat and sauté away. It takes mere minutes to get the spinach wilted. Serve immediately.
Garlicky spinach goes well with steak, over a pizza or flatbread, as a tartine, over pasta or mixed into rice. You could also use the leftovers to go into your favorite soup.
Switch out the nuts to almonds, pistachios or pine nuts.
An option I personally love is to add in some golden raisins.
Check out this post on low carb vegetables. Recipes Here.
Spinach Tiger’s Best Spinach Recipes
- large bunch spinach
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup walnuts
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup golden raisins (optional)
- sea salt
- black pepper
- Heat oil in pan.
- Add garlic, and walnuts.
- As soon as garlic is light golden, add in spinach, tossing in pan until wilted.
- Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
- Serve Immediately.