Made Popeye proud: garlic spinach

I wanted vegetables for dinner. Flush out some candy and ice cream. The fastest recipe I could make with the stuff I had on hand was garlic spinach with tamari and rice vinegar. Super easy, and compatible with anything green: asparagus, cabbage, kale, zucchini–dare I say it? Anything green.

Seasoning for garlic spinach

Everything you need, except spinach and garlic: white pepper, sesame oil, tamari soy sauce, olive oil, and rice vinegar. By the way, my favorite brand of olive oil is pictured. Yummy stuff.

Garlic Spinach with Tamari and Rice Vinegar

Yield: just shy of one cup, cooked

  • 3 cups washed spinach, loosely packed
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons tamari soy sauce [really, you can substitute regular. I think tamari has a better flavor, but what do I know (EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD)]
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper (totally substitute ground black pepper if that’s all you’ve got. I used white because it wouldn’t show black flecks and sometimes I care, or at least, I pretend to)
  • splash rice vinegar

Nota bene: all seasonings to your taste. Adjust at will, Chef You.

Saute the garlic in the olive oil for a couple of minutes over a medium flame, but don’t brown it. Why? Because it’s still got a couple of minutes to cook and you don’t wanna burn it.

Add the spinach. Let the spinach wilt. Let it think about what it has done with its pathetic life, that ends here, now, on the stove.

After the spinach has cooked to your desired amount (remember, despite the previous sentence, spinach is totally dead, so don’t murder it on the stove) , add the seasonings. Let the juices cook just enough to heat up.

Serve. Feel virtuous.


Spinach pre-cooking

Look at how high it is before I cook it!

Cooked spinach

Can you see how tiny it got? That'll learn you, spinach! Take that!

Spinach, cooked

Here's my supper. A bowl of cooked leaves. Yummy. Yummier still with some red meat and potatoes.


One comment

  1. The Sensible Seamstress

    You don’t strike me as the type who eats at chain restaurants, but if you ever happen to find yourself at a Macaroni Grill, you’ll want to try the huge plate of spinach with lemon and garlic. Amazing!

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