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Categories: Healthy eating, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Wilted garlic spinach

Wilted garlic spinach
Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

The two women were discussing mushrooms in the produce department at a Chinese market. "Add a little soy sauce and some onion," said one. "Put in ginger root, of course, and be sure to include a dash of sugar." I ... Read more

Active work and total preparation time: 20 minutes | Serves 3
Note: Serve this, if desired, over cooked rice. You'll find light soy sauce--which refers to its color, not its sodium content-- at Asian markets.
  • 1 bunch spinach (about 3/4 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • Salt, optional
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic

Step 1Remove the coarse stems from the spinach, then wash the spinach well to remove all grit and drain thoroughly.

Step 2Combine the chicken broth, soy sauce, sugar, cornstarch and sesame oil in a small bowl. If the broth is not salty, add salt to taste.

Step 3Heat the vegetable oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook about 1 1/2 minutes, stirring constantly. Do not allow the garlic to turn brown.

Step 4Stir up the broth mixture so the cornstarch is evenly blended and add to the wok. Cook 30 seconds, until thickened.

Step 5Increase the heat, add the spinach and cook and stir until just barely wilted and coated with the seasonings. The spinach should not be overly soft and limp. This will take about 2 minutes depending upon the heat.

Step 6Turn out the spinach into a heated shallow bowl to collect the juices. To serve, drain the spinach from the juices, or serve with juice over rice.

Variations

Serve this, if desired, over cooked rice. You'll find light soy sauce--which refers to its color, not its sodium content-- at Asian markets.

Each serving:
89 calories; 299 mg sodium; 0 cholesterol; 6 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 8 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams protein; 3.19 grams fiber.
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