Grub and Groove Cooking Vegetablarian Recipes - Garlicky Lemony Spinach

I love spinach as the partner with ANYTHING!  Rice, pasta, fish, meat - when cooked right they set anything else OFF!  If you want to cook them with me, check out this episode of Grub and Groove!

Base Ingredients:

2 tablespoons EVOO (extra virgin olive oil OR 1 tablespoon(s) butter or ghee (clarified butter) OR BETTER BUTTER = 1/2 of each

3-4 cloves of garlic (or more if you love garlic like me!), chopped + 1 clove reserved

1 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg 

Optional Ingredients:

Sriracha, hot/pepper sauce or jalapenos to taste


1 large bunch (1-1.5) lbs of spinach, stemmed or 10 ounces frozen or bagged (if using fresh/bagged, reserve 1 handful)


1) Chop the garlic so that the flavor and nutrients can release.

2) If using fresh/bagged spinach, reserve a handful.  (See video).  Cut if desired.

3) Make the base.

  • In a large saute pan, heat the EVOO, butter, ghee or BETTER BUTTER over medium high heat until garlic sizzles when dropped into the oil.  Saute for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add the seasonings: garlic, nutmeg, lemon juice and any optional ingredients
  • Bring to a boil and taste.  Add additional seasonings until base is to your liking.

4) Add spinach to the pan.  If necessary, fill pot and allow batch to simmer down (1-2 minutes) so that you may add additional batches until all spinach have been added.  

5) Cook uncovered for 2-3 minutes more on medium heat, stirring occasionally.  Sample for taste and texture and continue to add seasonings and cook until to your liking, sampling every 2-3 minutes after that.



Tanya Leake

Tanya Leake is the founder of EmBODY WELL and is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified health coach, group fitness instructor, specializing in Zumba, dance fitness and sculpt.  She teaches a variety of modes of dance, is certified as an Advanced Sports and Exercise Nutritional Advisor, with additional certifications in Natural Health Fundamentals, Behavior Change and Nutrition Therapy.  She is also a certified instructor for Oldways’ “A Taste of African Heritage” health through heritage program.   She brings a wealth of knowledge from a holistic perspective on health and well-being.