I always struggle with what to serve as a vegetable side dish. I flip thru cookbooks and magazines looking for inspiration. The challenge is that I want to do more than just steam a bland vegetable. I also don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on a zillion ingredients to make just one vegetable side dish. Therefore, I’ve learned to dig into my fridge and combine ingredients and flavors that I have to create something more exciting.
With trying to be wise with my grocery shopping, I steer towards buying spinach instead of other types of lettuce. CBH and I are doing our best to eat more greens, but lettuce gets gummy too quickly if you don’t use it right away. Therefore, with spinach, if after a couple days, we don’t use it up in salads, I wilt it down and make some sort of sautéed spinach dish.
mmmm, i do love sautéed spinach. it also has such wonderful health benefits.
full of iron, vitamins & minerals. it lowers blood pressure, improves bone health, and aids with healthy skin & hair. how can you not love this?? with all of these benefits, i should be eating this every day.
& honestly, i prefer sautéed spinach over a spinach salad most of the time.
Voila this side dish: Sautéed Spinach, Radishes & Garlic Toasted Pinenuts. It turned out delicious and I’ve been craving ever since.
The radishes add a nice amount of pepper. And the toasted garlic pinenuts… well, they are just ‘yum’.
- 1 bunch fresh spinach
- 6 radishes, sliced thin
- 3 Tbl pinenuts
- 1 tsp. freshly minced garlic
- kosher salt and pepper
- olive oil
- In a small saute pan, drizzle 1 Tbl. olive oil. Heat over medium heat. Add pinenuts and toast. Add garlic and continue to toast pinenuts. Keep an eye on these pinenuts! They burn quickly!
- Once toasted, remove from heat and transfer to plate.
- In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbl. olive oil. Add spinach and lightly saute.
- Add sliced radishes.
- Toss lightly. Toss with garlic toasted pinenuts. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve warm.