Celebrate Fresh Spinach Day the Easy Way!

Hubby is a huge fan of spinach… in salad, omelets, pasta, or whatever. His favorites are creamed or sauteed spinach. Skip frozen or canned spinach (sorry, Popeye).

After preparing in traditional ways for years, we learned that we both prefer it just wilted, with some texture still remaining. After preparing it in the microwave, we will never go back to traditional methods.

Super Simple Sauteed Spinach
Fresh baby spinach leaves (with or without stems, as you prefer)
Butter (or olive oil, if you prefer)
Garlic powder

Put a 1” layer of spinach in a deep, microwavable baking dish. Dot with butter & sprinkle with garlic powder & salt. Repeat, pressing down, till bowl is full. Cover and microwave on high 1-2 minutes, stir & microwave 1 more minute. By the time you get it to the table, the wilting will be complete! Serve hot.

KISS Tips: I often prepare the baking dish ahead of time and just keep it in the fridge and cook at serving time. You can also sass spinach up any way you like. For example, add a layer (or 2) of grilled, sauteed, or roasted sliced mushrooms… and/or sauteed chopped sweet onions… or sprinkle crispy fried onions on top to serve. Or sprinkle a couple of layers of spinach with sesame seeds and give it a drizzle of sweet Thai chili sauce. Or sprinkle a couple of layers with shredded or grated Parmesan cheese. Or add a layer of sliced, roasted red peppers… or a layer of diced fresh peaches.

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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