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Last night we were wondering how to prepare some fresh spinach as a side dish to go along with some incredible ahi tuna seared in sesame oil, sprinkled with sesame seeds.  And thanks to AllRecipes.com, just a couple quick clicks on your phone and WHAMMO.  Dinner!

Gotta get those dark green veggies in, people!  They keep you nourished, healthy and make your skin glow.  Oh yeah.  Here’s the recipe for 2 (the website adjusts the amounts depending on the servings you indicate) and I’ll add at the end what we did a little differently to make it our own.

Garlic Spinach – Serves 2

  • 1 1/2 tsp unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 10 oz bag fresh spinach
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 lemon, juiced

Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic; cook and stir until the garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the spinach a few handfuls at a time, stirring until wilted before adding more, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice, and season with garlic salt.

Yep, that’s it!  Ready in about 15 minutes or so.

Now…you can add a little variety to this by throwing in a small handful of raisins while you’re wilting the spinach.  It adds just a tiny bit of sweetness to the dish – wonderful!  And we juiced an entire lemon to really infuse the spinach with lemon flavor.  After your spinach is completely wilted, add the lemon juice and turn the heat up slightly to bring the liquid to a boil. Stir occasionally until the lemon juice is mostly boiled off.

Unsalted butter isn’t a must – use regular (salted) butter if that’s what you have on hand.  And if your skillet gets a little dry add just a touch of olive oil during the cooking process.

Buon appetito!