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Spinach Italian Style

Categories: Quick to fix, Spicy, Vegetarian
Type: Side Dishes

Fresh spinach cooked with garlic and chili peppers is a fast side dish packed with nutrition.

Serves: serves 4


  • 2 lb (1 kg) fresh spinach
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 fresh red or green chili pepper, chopped
  • a squeeze of fresh lemon juice

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  1. Wash the spinach thoroughly in several changes of water.
  2. Put it while it is still wet into a large pan, cover, and cook over the lowest possible heat. Within 10 minutes the greens will have wilted and become just tender. Drain thoroughly.
  3. At this point, you can choose two ways of serving the spinach. Either heat the oil in a big pan, quickly sauté the garlic and chili pepper, toss the spinach very quickly in the flavored oil, and serve.
  4. Alternatively, you can dress the drained spinach with a little olive oil and freshly pressed lemon juice, and serve it lukewarm.
  • Wild chicory, beet tops, and endives can all be cooked in this way-and even mixed together. When cooking spinach, you don't have to trim off all the stalks-only the very toughest and thickest should be removed.

Excerpted from SuperFoods, SuperFast.
Copyright © 2006 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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