Here’s a quick pick-me-up that is cheap, healthy, gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian side dish. Recently I brought a bag of Dole Baby Spinach, on sale at Shop & Shop (buy 1 get 1 free) and homemade minced garlic (thank you dad) and put a quick side dish together.
Spinach has many health properties, which were previously mentioned on a past Meatless Monday post. In addition, spinach has one of the highest if not the highest level of folate, which helps prevent depression, neural tube disorders during pregnancy, and dementia.
Garlic has been considered to be medicine food especially in India and China. It was used to aid respiration and digestion. It helps reduce inflammation and even prevent cancers. It also contains neuroprotective properties that helps with visual memory and performing executive functions. It is also an immune system booster, which helps treat colds and flu. It helps with high blood pressure and may help treat diabetes.
1 bag of Dole Baby Spinach, washed = 20 calories for 3 cups.
2 tablespoons of minced garlic = 30 calories
- Spray the pan with cooking spray
2. Add minced garlic and saute until starts becoming golden brown
3. Stir in spinach gradually until wilted
At various Chinese restaurants I’ve eaten at, this dish or any other green vegetable dish and garlic would cost over $10 (family style) and they use vegetable oil, which is less healthier than olive oil, and grapeseed oil. This dish can be made with other vegetables such as bok choy and watercress.