Spinach and Garlic

"Add some chicken and you have a meal."
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  • 8 ounces fresh spinach, washed (prefer baby leaves)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds (add more if you prefer)
  • 1 12 tablespoons vegetable oil (something light tasting)
  • 12 teaspoon sea salt (or kosher salt, more to taste if needed, I add more)
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced (less if you don't care for the taste)


  • Put spinach in a salad spinner and dry well. (or use paper towels). Remove stalks if any.
  • If using large leaves, roll up tightly and cut crossway in wide strips. (if using baby leave alone).
  • Heat wok to medium heat. Add sesame seeds, and dry fry stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes until golden brown. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  • Add oil to wok and swirl around. When hot, add the salt, spinach and garlic and stir-fry for 2 minutes until the spinach just wilts a bit and the leaves are coated with oil.
  • Sprinkle over dry-heated sesame seeds and serve immediately.
  • I love this with some naan bread.

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  1. Sharon123
    Yum, love spinach and this was a nice and easy way to eat it. Thanks! Made for the Greens game in the Diabetic forum. :D
  2. Montana Heart Song
    This is an excellent simple recipe and so good for you! I serve with precooked chicken breast slices.
  3. ogre_overlord
    For history buffs, this was Michael Angelo's favorite dish, but , with a few changes.<br/>Olive oil, crushed garlic cloves (the more the better), fresh leafy spinach (rinsed), and a sprinkle of coarsely ground salt. All these simple ingredients cooked in that order make an absolutely fantastic AND healthy side dish. I sometimes make it a main dish with a really good, crusty loaf of bread and a glass of wine....mmmmmmm.
    It just goes to show that with only a few ingredients one can prepare a magical, memorable dish. I made a small batch of this to go with our scrambled eggs for breakfast yesterday. It was a winning combination. For the oil, I chose Spectrum's regular sesame oil (not toasted) and only lightly wilted the baby spinach about 10-15 seconds. My husband has requested I make this again very soon! Reviewed for Veg Tag February. Thanks for posting!
  5. Debbwl
    What a winner! Quick and healthy with tons of yummy garlic and sesames. Made using four cloves of garlic and a heaping tablespoon of sesames. Thanks AndI for the yummy post.


  1. Rita1652
    I loved this healthy side. I did use home grown arugula in place of the spinach. Quick, easy and healthy! Made for ZWT 2010.


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