Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Amazing Garlic Facts and Recipe for Garlicky Sautéed Spinach


Garlic is an Amazing Food Enhancer
garlic bulbs

Few plants have had as major a culinary impact as garlic; it has a distinctive flavor, pungent aroma, and is a pillar of cuisines from around the world. 

Many cultures use garlic for medicinal purposes, and have been doing so for thousands of years.

The edible parts of this plant are its bulb (grows underground), and the green leaves or scapes that grow above ground. 

Each segment of a garlic bulb is called a clove, and there can be anywhere from 4-20 cloves encased in its papery exterior. One clove of garlic has approximately 4 calories.

Garlic is an Amazing Food Enhancer

Garlic is a part of the allium (onion) family, and related to chives, green onions, onions, leeks, and shallots.

Garlic is a savory seasoning, favored in recipes for soup, salad dressing, pasta, pizza, tacos, casseroles, or anything else in between. 

Garlic’s unique flavor stands out, and can add depth and richness to almost all non-sweet foods.

Test each bulb to feel for hardness before buying. Firm bulbs are a go, soft garlic means it's past its prime. 

Fresh garlic does not give off a smell when intact. The scent is released when cut or bitten. 

Once you are home, store whole bulbs of garlic in a cool dark, dry place, but not the refrigerator. People often choose to keep fresh garlic in the pantry, in an uncovered dish or cup.

When garlic cloves are peeled, the surface needs to look much closer to white than yellow. Discoloration is a sign of decay.
Leave garlic bulb intact for as long as possible. 

If you peel the whole head, garlic's lifespan decreases more rapidly, and health benefits decrease as well. Detach and peel only the amount of cloves you need for the recipe. 

Scientists have discovered most of garlic’s health benefits are due to the compound allicin, and the formation of sulfur compounds when garlic is chopped, minced, crushed, grated, and chewed. 

Allicin in fresh garlic is an unstable compound, one that is only briefly present in fresh garlic after it’s been separated from the bulb and prepared.

Research indicates garlic compounds have a range of health benefits, and eating freshly prepared raw garlic at least two times a week, has significant disease prevention properties.

Now on to ...

Amazing Recipe for Vegan Garlicky Sautéed Spinach

Bpwl of Spinach for Garlicky Sautéed Spinach
a few handfuls of fresh raw spinach

Quick, easy, and one of the most delicious vegetable side dish you’ll ever make!


1 pound fresh organic spinach or 1 lb. pack of organic baby spinach (rinsed and picked over to remove wilted or yellowing leaves) or combination of dark green leafy veggies such as spinach, baby kale, baby beet greens, baby romaine lettuce, etc.  

3 fresh garlic cloves peeled and minced

Optional seasonings of choice: red pepper flakes, salt, fresh ground black pepper, fresh chopped basil, or other seasoning mix

Optional liquids: water, vegetable broth, olive oil, and lemon juice 

What to do:

1. Mince 3 peeled cloves of garlic and put aside.

2. Place a large sauté pan on stove top, and warm pan to medium heat. Add two or three handfuls of spinach and cover. Let spinach soften for one minute. 

You will probably not need to add a liquid to the pan, because the steam produced from cooking the spinach will serve as a sauté liquid. 

After the first round of spinach softens in about one minute, stir in seasonings of choice. I used ½ teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon of fresh chopped basil. 

Add a few more handfuls of spinach. If you want this dish to be very moist, you may add a drop or two of oil or veg broth at this point. Cover and continue cooking. 

Repeat until all the spinach is cooked. 

Tip: Spinach becomes mushy, when overcooked. Check it often as it cooks. Its color should remain bright green and spinach leaves should be just slightly wilted. Cook time will take between 5-6 minutes.

Garlicky Sautéed Spinach

Sautéed Garlicky Spinach, Red Pepper Flakes, and Basil

3. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the spinach into a serving bowl or platter, as spinach releases a lot of excess water as it cooks.

4. Combine cooked spinach with raw minced garlic, a full-bodied seasoning that has many health benefits. 

Optional: Sprinkle on a fresh chopped herb for garnish, and/or 2 teaspoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice to elevate the flavor.

This spinach recipe serves 4 people as a side.
One delicious way to serve garlicky sautéed spinach is to feature it with a veggie burger and baked sweet potato fries.

If you prefer, serve spinach with brown basmati rice and tofu, in a tasty garlicky veggie bowl.

An additional serving idea is to mix garlicky spinach with a can of rinsed, drained pinto beans or sliced tempeh bacon

For a hearty midweek or weekend meal, serve garlicky spinach with lentils on a bed of quinoa or whole grain pasta as an entrée.

As part of a nutritious diet, spinach and garlic can help support immune function, aid the digestive system, and may offer protection from certain forms of cancer.

Garlic is a simple yet amazing ingredient. 🧄 

Combine it with sautéed spinach, and it's a dish that adds low-cal nutrition (106 calories in a whole pound of spinach). Cook spinach properly, and enjoy a fat free veggie dish that tastes sublime. 

This post was written and shared for educational and entertainment purposes only, and is not intended as nutritional or health advice.

Please check with the pros, if you seek advice. 

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  1. Garlic and spinach is so healthy for us so we should be eating more. Thank you for such a good article.

    1. Thanks Melanie for the visit and comment. Wishing you a great evening and please drop by again.

  2. I love sauteed spinach and mine is very similar to your recipe. Have a beautiful week.

    1. We might want to compare notes Carol. Thanks for tipping me off and have a beautiful evening.

  3. We tend to eat quite a bit of garlic since I do add a bit of minced garlic into most dinner recipes. My father swears it helps keep the ticks away too; he (and his dog!) used to get ticks & Lyme disease each fall and/or spring and once my father started eating more garlic and giving his dog garlic pills neither one of them has had it since.

  4. Thanks Joanne for your visit and comment. I've never heard garlic keeps the ticks away before, but know garlic has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, so it's possible. Wishing you a beautiful day.

  5. Garlic has so many uses, as we do use it a lot. We prefer fresh garlic but in a pinch will use bottled garlic because one can not cook without it.
    Thank you for sharing your links with us at #274 SSPS Linky. See you again next week.

    1. You are correct Esme. Garlic does have so many uses. Thanks for the visit and see you next week. Wishing you a great day.

  6. I will try this. Thanks!

    1. Great. Let me know how it turns out. Wishing you a fun weekend.

  7. I think collard greens are my favorite vegetable. I cook them with lots of garlic and pepper and a wee bit of salt. Now I am going to try it with red pepper flakes. I put a little bit of low sodium vegetable broth in the pan before I add the greens to make sure they dont dry out--they likely would not but I think it also adds a bit to the overall flavor.

  8. Love collard greens too. Let me know how the recipe works for you and have a fabulous day!

  9. Garlic Spinach was served as a side dish the other evening while dining out, so very good. Thanks for sharing with SSPS #275.

    1. Wonderful. Thanks for your comment and visit. Thanks for co-hosting SSPS as well. Wishing you a great day.

  10. I love garlic raw, cooked or baked but my husband doesn't like it at all and can ALWAYS detect when I sneak it in. Your tips are helpful and the recipe looks delicious.

    1. Thanks so much for your visit and comment Judee. Hope you keep garlic on hand for your health and enjoyment, even though you husband doesn't like it. It's a powerful wellness element that's too good to pass up.

  11. I love garlic - I've got seven heads ready for planting for next year!! Thanks for sharing at the What's for DInner party - hope your week has started off great!

    1. Wonderful you plant garlic in your home garden and thanks for hosting What's for Dinner Sunday Link up. Keep up the good work.

  12. I do not think I could live without garlic in my kitchen! I love all these facts you shared, very educational. Thanks for sharing on SSPS, I hope to see you again next week!

    1. Thanks Estelle. Garlic is at the top of my list for kitchen stables too. Thanks for Hosting SSPS#292 and see you again next time, and be well. Nancy Andres @ Colors 4 Health

  13. Excellent information on garlic! I now grow my own garlic, planting in the fall and harvesting in July. SSPS# 50

    1. Thanks for the visit and comment. I've never tried to grow garlic in my home garden, but you have inspired me. Wishing you a lovely day.

  14. Garlic should be a must in every kitchen, no questions asked. We use it almost daily in some shape or form.
    Thanks so much for participating and sharing at SSPS 292. See you again next week!

    1. Garlic is definitely a stable in my kitchen, and such a healthy one. Thanks for your comment and visit and have a great weekend.