Easy Sauteed Spinach with Garlic and Lemon Recipe

Easy Sauteed Spinach with Garlic and Lemon Recipe

Will your kids eat spinach? Contrary to the norm, my kids love it! We prepare it in many different ways, and we include it in every meal of the day. Here are 10 ways you can easily include spinach in your household’s meals.

Sauteed with garlic. Over medium-high heat add 2 tsp. of oil to a large sauté pan. When the oil is heated, add one clove minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

Add one handful of fresh spinach and stir often. As spinach wilts, add additional handfuls until you’ve cooked as much as you’ll need. Add salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy the best-tasting spinach you’ll ever eat!

Boiled or steamed. Bring about 4 cups of water to a boil and then stir in handfuls of spinach until it is wilted. Drain spinach and then add oil and vinegar (my husband’s way) or lemon juice and a tiny bit of butter (my way). It’s delicious, easy, and quick.

Blended into smoothies. Add fresh or frozen spinach to your smoothie for added vitamins and antioxidants, without changing the flavor. You can add quite a bit to your smoothie before anyone will notice that the difference. My kids have come to look forward to my frequent “green” smoothies.

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Added to lasagna or other layered casseroles. Add it in between every layer, if you want. Spinach wilts down so much when it cooks that it doesn’t change the flavor or texture significantly.

Easy Sauteed Spinach with Garlic and Lemon Recipe

Party dips. Frozen spinach is a staple for many dips. To keep it healthy, pair drained, chopped spinach with greek or plain yogurt and your favorite dip mix.

Added to Salads. Spinach is easily mixed in with other fresh greens like lettuce and kale. I recently had a portion of pasta and wilted spinach salad that was absolutely delicious. Be creative and look for spinach salad recipes your family will go for.

Added to soups. Chop up fresh spinach and add it to soups. It will quickly wilt down and add color and nutrition.

Spinach + Eggs = Delicious! Quiche is a lot easier than you may think, and it is often a crowd-pleaser. Don’t want to wait an hour for a full-sized quiche to cook? Make mini quiche in muffin tins, or even faster, cook individual servings in the microwave.

One of my favorite ways to add spinach to eggs in omelets. A little chopped spinach, a little chopped mushroom, some feta, and parmesan. Just thinking about it is making me want to make one right now!

Added to sandwiches and wraps. Substitute spinach for lettuce in any sandwich, wrap, or hoagie. I doubt anyone will notice the difference. And you’ll feel good about the added folate, iron, vitamin K, beta-carotene, and vitamin C.

Added to hash, sauces, and just about everything else. Making spaghetti sauce? Add pureed spinach. Cooking hamburger helper? Add chopped spinach. Stuffed peppers? Chicken cordon bleu?

Be creative and find new ways to add this wonder vegetable to your diet. Then, pass along the tips, because I’m always interested in other people’s creativity.

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  • 1 tbsp olive oil- I use extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 oz fresh spinach, washed- This will seem like a TON of spinach when you start, but once it cooks down it will portion out to about 4 very modest servings. Don’t worry when you first see how much spinach this looks like!
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, pressed- Using fresh garlic in this recipe is important to get the best flavor!
  • salt and pepper to taste- You can season the spinach to taste. I would estimate about 1/8 tsp of each.


  1. Heat a large skillet with olive oil over medium-high heat on the stove. I like to get the skillet hot before adding the spinach to help it cook more quickly. The more quickly it cooks, the better the flavor!
  2. Add the garlic to the pan and cook stirring for about 30 seconds. Add spinach covering the garlic and piling it all in the pan. It will look like a lot at this point, but it will start to cook down quickly! Let cook 2-3 minutes, then continue to cook an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently until all spinach leaves have wilted. I like to remove the spinach from the heat as soon as it is all wilted to keep as much of the bold color and healthy nutrients in it as possible. This also prevents it from overcooking and becoming bitter.
  3. Remove from heat and season to taste with salt and pepper, stirring until the seasoning is evenly distributed. Serve hot. Enjoy!

I really hope you enjoy this Sautéed Spinach as an easy and healthy side dish as much as we do!

Sauteed Spinach
Sauteed Spinach

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