Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Glorious Steamed Spinach

Spinach is a staple in my house. It's a wonderfully passive yet nutrious ingredient in Green Smoothies, makes for an easy base in a basic salad, and this recipe is another reason why we always have spinach in the house. This recipe is inspired by a dish at the "Curious Palate" in Venice. Everyone in the house eats this right up!

Spinach (I do about 5 monster handfuls)
Almonds (Around 1 handful)
Garlic (4 de-shelled)
Oil (a little splash-optional)
salt (a pinch-optional)

I can't find my steamer so I've been putting a metal colander into a pan, and steaming the veggies that way. It works, so there you have it. Place a couple inches of water into a pan, put your steamer or colander into the pan and turn the heat onto a medium temperature. Throw in the spinach, garlic and almonds (you can chop those up if you want... I don't... every eater fends for themselves in this house!). You may need to wait to add all of the spinach until the spinach you have added wilts a bit. After the spinach is a bright dark green, remove ingredients and place them into a mixing bowl and add the oil and salt and mix it all up. You may need to drain your spinach first if it's crazy soaked. The garlic adds a subtle flavor and the almonds add a subtle texture. It's a delicate, yummy, nutritious side dish that is way more delicious than it has any business being.


  1. OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! I LOVE IT!

    I can't wait to try out more of these recipes after my cleanse ;)

    thank you for sharing... and I didn't know that about olive oil... which surprises me because those are the sort of things I seek to know... really just goes to show how much there is to know out there and that's why I'm thankful you're keeping us informed! You look gorgeous by the way, must be all the healthful eating... well, that's only a minor factor, you're just really pretty. ;)

  2. Thanks, Maggie! I thought it to have a spot where I could jot down the things I've learned and have made that my friends may enjoy too. I wasn't sure if anyone would really be interested so I'm stoked you dig it!

    You know, it's funny, last week I saw some of your facebook pics and was like, "Geez... Ava sure has some good genes to choose from!" :)

  3. Awe, THANKS Heather! (I just accidentally typed Healther... maybe a good nickname? doesn't have a good ring to it thought ;)
    Shy is soooo precious and you're getting close to having baby numero dos! Right? I hope you're well. I wish you a gorgeous birth, loads of love and joy in bringing that baby into the world. I know it will be beautiful.
    So, I am addicted to Cocoa nibs now, thank you very much. That drink you suggested is great.
    However, I made this steamed spinach and I know I must have done something goofy because it wasn't great. It sounds like it would be great, and I'm sure if I did it right it would be, but I did not love it. I'm going to try it again.
    Anyway, keep up the blogging as you have time... you have great info to share and I appreciate it! Sounds like many others do too! You have a fresh look on things and I like that! :)