I am definitely guilty of not sharing enough side dishes so here’s a simple one that I love with baby spinach, grape tomatoes and a hint of lemon.
Besides being great in salads, side dishes and with pasta, spinach is packed with some amazing health benefits. Not only does it increase bone strength, but it has anti-inflamatory and anti-cancer benefits, along with being a great food for you cardio vascularly. No wonder Popeye and olive oil made such a great pair!
Whether eaten raw or cooked spinach brings a lot to the table. Next time you are looking for a quick and flavorful side dish, grab a little olive oil and saute it with a little lemon juice, pine nuts, hot pepper or even a touch of grated parmesan cheese (that’s what I did below).
Saute shallot, garlic and oil for a few minutes. Add the tomatoes and season the with salt and pepper - cook on medium heat with cover on for 2-3 minutes. Remove cover and then squash tomatoes slightly with back of fork (or potato masher). Add the spinach and coat through the tomatoes and juice and let cook until wilted. Give a squeeze of lemon juice and stir. Transfer to a plate and add the lemon zest and optional grated parmesan cheese.