Hello friends! Wow, I missed you guys...
Things have been so busy lately, I haven't had much time to devote to my blog. I have lots of ideas, have snapped some cool pix, even cooked a couple decent meals (FrankenMeatloaf, anyone? Hmmm...somehow I think that will not be a repeat in my house!)
We resorted a few times to take out, when there simply wasn't time at the end of a ten hour workday to create a decent meal. That doesn't cut it - I'm saving my extra calories for Valentine's Day, when I get to go out to a restaurant where they don't hand you a paper placemat and four-pack of crayons when you walk in. Oh, and they serve wine....lots and lots of wine. Someone, please wake me in time for the appetizers...
ANYWAY! In my never-ending quest for quick and easy (and relatively healthy) dishes, I started a mental list of super fast snacks and side dishes...maybe when I get really good at this, I'll even come up with a "15-Minute Meals" category... or better yet, 14-Minute Meals...yeah! I mean if you're looking for a quick meal and you see "15-Minute" and "14-Minutes", which one would YOU choose??? What? THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A 13- MINUTE MEAL!! THAT'S CRAAAZY!
Of all the veggies I like, spinach has got to be the quickest to prepare...unless you're my mother and boil everything to death. A quick steam or stir in a pan, and spinach is served! One Sunday dinner, I added a little something and ended up with a new favorite "fast" food....
SPINACH AND MUSHROOM SAUTE'
1 16-oz bag spinach
Mushrooms - I'm using an 8-oz (I think...I didn't really look...) package of white mushrooms, but portabella, baby bella would do nicely.
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt & Pepper
Dash of Red pepper flakes
Clean and chop the mushrooms. I like to quarter them. Remember, they will shrink a lot while cooking, so be generous with our fungi friends.
Heat about 1 tbsp of olive oil in a BIG...really BIG...skillet, pot, Dutch oven. That spinach is going to take up a lot of room went it gets here...
Add in the salt, pepper and red pepper flakes any time now...and keep stirring until the spinach is wilted.
I think the mushrooms add a bit of weight to this dish - I love spinach plain and simple, but this is just a teeny bit more sophisticated.
And once the mushrooms and garlic are chopped, this can be ready in about 5 minutes!