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    Sauteed Spinach and Fava Beans

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    35 mins

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    30 mins

    Kumquat the Cat's friend's Note:

    Posted for Zaar World Tour 2005. This is an Italian side dish, despite the use of a bouquet garni, which is French. I've changed the instructions to use canned fava beans. Vegetables and starch in one healthy, quick, low-fat recipe. From Vegetarian Times Cooks Mediterranean. I have not tried this yet. Update: Tried this with 15 ounces spinach as per Toni's suggestion. It was quite good - BF liked it too. After 30 minutes the water in the beans will be just about completely evaporated or absorbed. My only suggestion is to add a bit of water with the spinach, and cook longer than 1 minute.

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    1. 1
      Place beans in medium pot. Add water to cover beans and bring to boil. Add bouquet garni and cover, leaving lid slightly ajar.
    2. 2
      Simmer 30 minutes. Drain beans and discard bouquet garni.
    3. 3
      Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until it turns golden, about 5 minutes (important - do not let garlic burn). Remove garlic with slotted spoon and set aside.
    4. 4
      Add cayenne and then stir in spinach, cover and let cook about 1 minute, until wilted. Season with salt.
    5. 5
      Mound spinach onto large serving plate, top with beans and sprinkle with browned garlic. Add garnishes if desired.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 07, 2006


      The recipe is quite easy to cook, and doesn't require much monitoring, making it easy to concentrate on other parts of the meal. I used broad beans (the UK equivalent of fava beans) but they didn't turn out as dark as Toni's picture. I wonder if there is a regional difference which is why my results weren't as good. The beans really did pick up the flavour of the herbs though. I quite like spinach in things, but I'm afraid this is my second attempt at wilted spinach, and it seems I just don't like it.

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    • on November 09, 2005


      As a spinach lover, I would probably cook 2 bags next time. Otherwise, the dish was superb. The wonderful flavor of the beans, the crispy bites of garlic all come together into a tasty treat. I used some rather large fava beans and thought they were a nice texture contrast to the softness of the spinach. Delicious.

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    Nutritional Facts for Sauteed Spinach and Fava Beans

    Serving Size: 1 (257 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 3

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 210.5
    Calories from Fat 35
    Total Fat 3.9 g
    Saturated Fat 0.5 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 470.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 32.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 9.8 g
    Sugars 3.0 g
    Protein 13.7 g

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