Saturday, March 20, 2010

Seasoned Spinach

This spinach side dish comes from Korea - I enjoyed eating it cold, since it was a more novel taste for my American palate, but it can also be served at room temperature.

Steam 2 (10-ounce) packages of fresh spinach in two separate batches, for 5 minutes each. I do not have a vegetable steamer, but I heated about 1/4 cup water in the bottom of a large saucepan, added 1 bag of spinach, reduced the heat, covered and cooked for 5 minutes, which works just fine as a steaming method. Repeat with the second package of spinach.

Note: my grocery store sold spinach in 9-ounce packages, which I figured was close enough.

Transfer the steamed spinach to a colander and let cool slightly before you squeeze it dry - otherwise you'll burn your hands!

Combine the spinach in a bowl with 1/4 cup chopped green onions, 1 teaspoons sesame seeds (toast them first, if you like), 2 teaspoons soy sauce (preferably low sodium), 1/2 tsp. dark sesame oil, 1/4 tsp. coarse salt, and 2 minced garlic cloves. As I mentioned, serve chilled or at room temperature. 1/4 cup is 40 calories.

fresh spinach $7.98

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