When was the last time that you cooked a skillet with spinach and vegetables? I invite you to try this amazing recipe that’s loaded with plenty of healthy nutrients and so easy to make. Let’s get cookin’!
I must confess that spinach is one of the foods that my mother used to cook me as a child. Back in the day, we didn’t had frozen anything, so I would only get to eat spinach from spring until mid-autumn.
I’m proud to say that my mother knew how to cook spinach, but she also knew how to serve it. Her recipe was simple, nutritious and, most importantly for me at the time, it was delicious. She served me freshly cooked spinach with a few tablespoons of natural homemade yogurt on top. Simple and soooo delicious!
Why you should give spinach a try?
As you know by now, I’m in love with spinach but not only because it’s a childhood favorite. Besides being super tasty, here’s why I love spinach even more:
- Spinach comes with lots of beneficial nutrients that we need on a daily basis.
- A long list of both vitamins (especially B vitamins) and minerals, phytonutrients (antioxidants, carotenoids, flavonoids), healthy fiber and natural enzymes, these are what makes spinach so healthy.
- Although many people don’t realize it, spinach is also a good source of protein, choline, and omega-3 fatty acids.
- Spinach is a very rich source of chlorophyll which is linked to health benefits on the area of type 2 diabetes, obesity control or hunger management.
- Being one of the most fiber-rich vegetables out there, spinach is very easy to digest and you won’t make you feel full after eating it. It doesn’t require much effort on your stomach to break it down, or on the intestines to extract all its nutrients.
- Spinach can help to relieve constipation, helping you to move stool quicker through your system.
- Spinach is also known to have anti-inflammatory properties, anti-cancer properties, but can also regulate hunger and satiety, regulate blood sugar levels, or help with eye health.
- In conclusion, you can’t go wrong with spinach. It’s good for you and so easy to cook!
How to cook this spinach skillet with veggies
This recipe comes with lots of vegetables, but this doesn’t mean that it’s complicated to cook. In fact, it’s similar to all those one-pot meals where you simply add all the ingredients in the same pot (in our case skillet) from the start.
These are the basic steps to follow when cooking this spinach recipe:
- First step is to prepare all the vegetables by peeling, slicing or chopping them accordingly.
- Add all the vegetables into the skillet, plus coconut oil and lemon juice) (basically add everything except water, spices and tomato juice).
- Cook everything on medium heat and continue to add more water as it evaporates. You’ll know when you’re almost done once the spinach is cooked. Don’t be shy to test it and make sure it’s cooked.
- When almost cooked add salt, spices (ginger, thyme, basil, your choice of pepper) and tomato juice. Cook a bit more until almost all the water evaporates.
- That’s it!
I think you guys are going to LOVE this spinach and vegetables recipe. It’s:
Loaded with Vegetables
How to serve this spinach with vegetables
You can serve this recipe as is (without adding anything on the side) or you can enhance the flavors with different “extras”.
Here are a few of my ideas for serving this delicious skillet with spinach and vegetables:
- Add a few tablespoons of full-fat yogurt or creme fraîche on top of your portion. Mix in and serve, and add more as you eat.
- For a delicious culinary experience, serve it with poached or fried eggs on top.
- Pickled or fermented vegetables (cornichons, carrots and sour tomatoes) will balance perfectly the taste of this spinach based meal.
- Add a few slices of Feta cheese and a tablespoon of walnuts on the side.
- If you like your spinach hot, don’t forget about adding 1-2 jalapenos or chili peppers on the side!
- Or make your own yogurt sauce by using freshly chopped garlic, full-fat greek yogurt, a drop of lemon juice and a pinch of salt.
- Why not serve it with 1-2 slices of sourdough rye bread and you will really see what “de-li-cious” means!
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Skillet with Spinach and Lots of Vegetables
- 1 carrot (sliced)
- 1 big stick celery (chopped)
- 2 legs fennel (chopped)
- 1 yellow or green bell pepper (chopped)
- ½ parsnip (sliced)
- 1 stick spring garlic (chopped, or use regular garlic)
- 5-6 shallots (peeled and sliced)
- 200 g frozen spinach
- 50 g green beans (or 1 handful)
- 50 g green peas (or 1 handful)
- 50 g frozen hribi mushrooms (or other type of mushrooms)
- 1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
- ½ lemon (juice only)
- 2 tsp Himalayan salt
- fresh ginger (chopped small)
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp dried basil (or any other herb like parsley, dill, lovage, rosmarin)
- black, white or cayenne pepper (to taste)
- 1 small cup tomato juice
- water (for cooking, add more if needed)
- Prepare all the vegetables as indicated in the ingredients list (see the parenthesis - basically peel, slice or chop everything, except for the frozen veggies).
- Add everything into the skillet, except water, spices and tomato juice. In a nutshell, add to the skillet the following ingredients: carrot, celery, fennel, bell pepper, parsnip, garlic, shallots, frozen spinach, green beans, green peas, mushrooms, extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice.
- Cook on medium heat and continue to add more water as it evaporates. You’ll know when you’re almost done when the spinach is cooked.
- When almost cooked add salt, spices (ginger, thyme, basil, your choice of pepper) and tomato juice. Cook a bit more until almost all the water has evaporated.
- That’s it! Enjoy this spinach by its own or with Feta cheese and pickled vegetables (or pickled green tomatoes as I did). Add a slice of sourdough bread to a single serving. Enjoy your health!
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