Category Archives: Side Dishes

Nutty Spinach

Leftover baby spinach + slivered almonds  + sunflower seeds = delicious Nutty Spinach!

I know that sunflower seeds are not nuts, but Nutty, Seedy Spinach is just too much!

Baby spinach was on sale and I had big plans for spinach dishes, but only used a minuscule amount for a pasta dish. I needed to use it before it went bad. I was also craving almonds.  Nutty Spinach is born.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 c coarsely chopped spinach, packed
  • 1/3 c slivered almonds
  • 1/4 c sunflower seeds
  • 1 T balsamic  vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste

Heat the pan and then heat 1/2 T of oil.

Add the almonds and sunflower seeds and stir for ~30 seconds.

Add the garlic and stir for and additional 30 seconds.

Add the remaining 1/2 T oil.

Add the spinach and cook until wilted.

Add 1 T balsamic vinegar and continue cooking spinach to your preferred likeness.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

This recipe makes four – 1/4 cup servings. This is a great portion to use as a side dish. As part of my lunch, I have eaten this over 1/2 c brown rice.

Nutritional Info (per serving), 4 servings:

136 calories, 12 g total fat (1.2 g saturated fat,  4.1 g polyunsaturated fat, 6.1 g monounsaturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 61.1 mg sodium, 280.3 mg potassium, 5.2 g total carbohydrates (2.5 g dietary fiber, 0.8 g sugar), 4.2 g protein