Stir Fry Spinach
When I was little, I preferred eating meat over vegetables. However, one of my favorite cartoons was Popeye the Sailor Man. My parents and my cousins who were living with us at that time used to say, “if you want to grow up strong like Popeye, eat your spinach.”
Spinach is very healthy for you. It is high in alpha-lipoic acid, and has nerve protection effect in peripheral neuropathy and autonomic neuropathy. Additionally, it increases insulin sensitivity, so it helps lower blood sugar for diabetics. It also has chlorophyll, which is known to have anti-cancer effect. If you are on blood thinners, hemodialysis or chemotherapy, double check with your doctor or nutritionist to make sure it is safe for you to eat.
Here is a stir-fry spinach recipe my parents shared with me. Hope you will enjoy it.
I use olive oil or grape seed oil. Traditionally in Chinese cooking, people use peanut or vegetable oil.
2 Tablespoon olive, grape seed, peanut or vegetable oil.
4-5 cloves of chopped fresh garlic.
1 bag, approximately 10-12 oz. of fresh spinach, washed to remove sand.
¼ tsp sea salt, or according to taste. (I personally omit salt.)
¼ tsp sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp chili paste (optional)
Heat oil in a large frying pain or wok over medium high heat for a few seconds. Once the oil is hot, put in the fresh garlic, and stir fry but do not burn the garlic. Then add the fresh spinach and stir fry until the leaves are wilted. Add sesame oil, sugar and salt. Some people add a little bit of chili paste, approximately ¼ tsp if you like your spinach spicier. Use a tong and keep flipping and stirring the spinach until there is no more liquid in the pan.
As Chef Beth explained to me, the liquid has a lot of nutrients in there, and you do not want to waste those nutrients. Once I started doing what Chef Beth told me to do, my husband said that’s one of the best spinach dish he tasted.