Super Healthy, Garlic Sauteed Spinach



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Well it turns out Popeye was right!  Spinach is good for your body. Sauteing with garlic and olive oil brings the taste of spinach up to a whole new level. So much for the frozen kind, leave it to dips and casseroles.  It’s so easy to make and really delicious! I’ve made this recipe skinny compared to a restaurant version by using just a small amount of heart healthy olive oil and not adding the usual butter.  Each serving has just 41 calories, 3 grams of fat and only 1 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


Ingredients

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 tablespoon garlic, minced (about 3 cloves)

1 (12 oz) bag baby spinach leaves

¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste

Fresh ground pepper, to taste

Fresh lemon


Instructions

1. In a large, deep, nonstick pan or pot, heat olive oil.  Add garlic and saute for 1 minute.

2. Add all spinach, salt, pepper and toss with garlic and oil.  Cover pan and cook on low for about 1 minute.  Uncover pan, turn the heat on high and cook spinach for another minute, or two, stirring with a wooden spoon until all the spinach is wilted.

3. Using a slotted spoon, lift the spinach into a serving dish or bowl and squeeze with a little fresh lemon all over the spinach.

4. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings


Food Fact

There are two main varieties of spinach: flat-leaf and curly (baby spinach). The flat-leaf kind can be round or pointed while young baby spinach is tender and delicate.
Fresh spinach cooks down to nothing. About 1 pound of raw spinach will yield 1 cup cooked.


Healthy Benefits

Spinach is considered to be one of the “super foods.” No wonder, it’s rich in iron, vitamins A, C and beta-carotene.

Garlic promotes circulation and lowers cholesterol.  It also contains sulfur compounds that may help to prevent cancer growth.


Weight Watchers SmartPoints 
1
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
1

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving
41 calories, 3g fat, 0.3g sat. fat, 0mg chol, 2g protein, 4g carbs, 2g fiber, 138mg sodium, 0g sugar