Lemony Sauteed Spinach with Pine Nuts

So let’s talk about spinach for a second. I am starting to feel badly for this leafy green. For a veggie that has such a reputation for building strength (thanks, Popeye), it sure withers away when the heat turns up! We’re on to you, spinach!

Thankfully for us, though, what it loses in size is our gain. Because spinach wilts so much, it is the perfect delivery vehicle for some powerful nutrients. We often forget how amazing spinach is—it has been living in the shadows of kale for the last few years. But it is one of the veggies that I think everybody should be eating more of. It has a neutral flavor itself, but easily takes on the flavor of aromatics (think garlic, herbs, onions). For this dish, we keep it simple and sauté with oil, finish with lemon juice, and garnish with pine nuts.


Yield: 1 serving


6 oz spinach

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon pepper

1/2 of a lemon, juiced

2 tablespoons pine nuts


1) Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add spinach and stir until spinach is wilted.

2) Add lemon pepper and lemon juice. Toss with pine nuts. Serve!

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