Popeye Goes Italian

I never liked spinach when I was young, because in the dark ages of my youth that usually meant it came from a can. Yuk! At some point I learned to love fresh spinach salads, like the kind they used to serve at F’s Steak House in downtown Evansville, Indiana. I’ll bet I am not the only one of my age that remembers F’s and their wonderful spinach salads.

bowl of fresh spinach

bowl of fresh spinach

When I got my first house I couldn’t wait to start a garden, and spinach was near the top of the list of things I wanted to grow. I’ve pretty much been growing it ever since. I still love it in salads, but I also like it simply sauteed in a little olive oil with some chopped garlic. I cook the spinach just long enough to wilt it, then turn off the heat.

cooking the spinach

cooking the spinach

I offer up this simple recipe to people who are looking for a quick, easy and healthy side dish. Fresh and tender spinach can be had year round these days in the grocery store, but the season for most homegrown spinach is spring – right about now in my part of the world.

Italian Spinach

Italian Spinach


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a Happy Acres original

1 lb chopped fresh spinach
1 tbsp olive oil
4  cloves sliced garlic
salt and pepper to taste

1. Peel garlic cloves and slice thinly. Coarsely chop spinach.
2. Heat olive oil in large skillet or stir-fry pan. Add garlic and cook until garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add spinach, cook until just wilted (about 1 minute).
3. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts
Nutrition (per serving): 60 calories, 34 calories from fat, 3.8g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 90.2mg sodium, 644.8mg potassium, 5.1g carbohydrates, 2.6g fiber, <1g sugar, 3.4g protein, 117.7mg calcium, <1g saturated fat.

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8 Responses to Popeye Goes Italian

  1. Marcia says:

    I serve it that way too. I don’t even chop it if the leaves are small. Last night I added lightly sauteed spinach to my cheese quiche with some sautéed onions and sliced tomatoes. Yum it was good.
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  2. Judy Sall says:

    Sounds yummy! I haven’t tried growing spinach yet, but I’m looking for good veggie recipes, and this will be on my list to try next week… thanks!

  3. Daphne says:

    I’ve been eating spinach in salads everyday this week. But not spinach salads really. They are all mixed green salads, so have lots of different things.
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  4. I hadn’t bought canned veggies in years, other than an occasional creamed corn, but when the local supermarket had a sale one day I took advantage of their coupon to buy a half dozen cans. Two of them were spinach. Believe me, canned spinach has to be the grossest, slimiest, nastiest vegetable on earth. I actually used to like that stuff before I began growing and cooking my own! We love our fresh, home grown spinach, either raw, steamed or sauteed.

    PS: Happy Yummy Hot has a baby pepper! I think it turned out to be sweet last year, and since I only had 2 HY Sweet seeds left from those you sent, I’m hoping these (I’m growing 4) “hot” also turn sweet. Both of the “sweet” seeds germinated too. I loved those sweet peppers, they were possibly my favorite last year! I don’t know why I neglected to save the seeds 🙁
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  5. Lou Murray's Green World says:

    I remember canned spinach, and not fondly. Fresh spinach is a whole ‘nother animal, isn’t it? love it fresh or lightly sautéed. For a different taste, try adding a splash of a good vinegar, like red wine vinegar or pear Chardonnay vinegar, and a dash of crushed red peppers.

  6. Michelle says:

    Simple and yummy. It’s going to be great with garlic pulled fresh from the garden! I was just trying to come up with a way to serve up a bunch tonight and this will be perfect.
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  7. Liz says:

    Now I need to find some room to sow some spinach.

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