Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sauteed Spinach and Garlic With Gluten Free Pasta




Fresh spinach greens wilted in sauteed garlic and olive oil is always a winner in my house! Mixed some tasty gluten free pasta ( I use the organic brown rice noodles from Trader Joe's @ $1.99 / bag) you have a delicious, but easy vegan and gluten free main dish. ( For additional protein , you could add some toasted pine nuts). Recipe and details follow.


I had a very large container of fresh spinach in the refrigerator that I didn't know what to do with it. My cousin Harriet who was visiting me for a week from the Ft. Myers, Florida area said, " I'll saute your spinach in garlic and olive oil for you" . I thought we would eat it as a side dish, but once I saw the finished product , I knew it would be a hit over some brown rice gluten free pasta. Voila! this dish was born.



Since the spinach will cook down significantly, you need to buy a super sized quantity, which you can get at a store like BJ's or Costco. I bought organic baby spinach at BJ's. The package of spinach looks huge, but will cook down to about 2 cups of spinach.

Organic brown rice pasta Trader Joe's brand  ( $1.99/bag) and really good
                              
Option: In addition, after cooking and draining the pasta,  if you add a few pats of real butter to a frying pan and heat up a portion of cooked pasta and spinach mixture , it is amazing!! ( but fattening) .
If you don't eat pasta, spaghetti squash can be substituted!

No matter which way you prepare it, this is a simple but delicious recipe.

Ingredients:
Extra large family sized container of spinach from BJ's
6 bulbs of garlic ( or more), peeled and sliced
1 package of gluten free pasta, cooked and drained
olive oil spray and 1 Tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste ( we don't use salt)

Directions:
Wash and pat dry spinach so water is present, set aside
Peel and slice garlic and saute slowly over low to medium heat in a large skillet.
Saute for about 3 minutes and then top with the spinach and allow spinach to wilt. ( cover) about 2-3 minutes. Stir down and mix and set aside.
Toss it over cooked pasta ( or spaghetti squash) and serve.



                                 Click here to learn how to   Peel the whole head of garlic very quickly

 You also may want to chop up your spinach  with a knife
if it is stringy.( especially for kids) 
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  2. Many times, I think I should do more than saute spinach with oil and garlic; and yet, it's SO FABULOUS, why should I tinker with it??? Quick, easy, nutritious, flavorful ... sigh ... :)

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  3. Ohhh, that looks so very good indeed! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Seasonal Celebration!

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  4. I just purchased some spinach on sale at my local grocery store, but I wasn't sure what I would make with this. I just might try this!

    Thanks for linking up with Frugal Food Thursday at Frugal Follies!

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  5. Ooo that looks good! Spinach and garlic with olive oil is one of my favorite combos to go along with pasta. Thanks for sharing. I found you via Frugal Food Thursday :)

    Jessica
    http://jessica-healthymommyhealthybaby.blogspot.com/

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    1. Who doesn't like spinach and garlic with olive oil? It's so simple but so good. I'll be stopping over to check out our blog too.

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  6. This is a winner ( well all of your recipes are) big yum for this one. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

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  7. Katherine,
    Thanks so much.. I appreciate your kind words!

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  8. This is so yummy and even my 4.5 year old (Judee's grand-daughter!) loved Grandma Judee's spinach!!! Healthy too.

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  9. Hi Judee,
    This recipe looks delicious, we would love it! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  10. Looks soooo good!! Thank you for sharing with us at Healthy 2Day Wednesday! :)

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  11. Yum! I would love it if you visited my new Gluten-Free Monday party at OneCreativeMommy.com and linked up this and any other idea you would like to share. I hope to see you there.

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