Spinach Sauté with Grape Tomatoes, Feta Cheese, and Toasted Pine Nuts

I wanted a healthy and delicious side dish to pair with the Baked Barbecue Ribs and Roasted Asparagus with Garlikcy Panko that I recently made for dinner. I grabbed some spinach out of the refrigerator along with toasted pine nuts and feta cheese. I also grabbed some grape tomatoes, seasoned rice vinegar, and fresh garlic to add to the sauté. This recipe took less than 5 minutes to make and was healthy and delicious. It turned out to be a wonderful side dish that we all gobbled up – even my kids enjoyed it (mostly because of the vinegar – they love vinegar).

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the grape tomatoes and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the fresh spinach, the seasoned rice vinegar, a dash of crushed red pepper flakes, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; cook, stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes or until the spinach has just wilted. Remove from the skillet and pour into a serving bowl. top with feta cheese and toasted pine nuts. Serve immediately with extra seasoned rice vinegar on the side, if desired. Enjoy.

Side Note: To toast the pine nuts, heat a DRY skillet over medium low heat; add the pine nuts and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and toasted; about 5 minutes.

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Spinach Sauté with Grape Tomatoes, Feta Cheese, and Toasted Pine Nuts

Yield: 4

Ingredients:

1 tsp olive oil
1 cup of grape tomatoes
1 clove of garlic, minced
4 cups of baby spinach
1 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar (more if desired)
Dash of crushed red pepper flakes
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Feta cheese crumbles, to taste
Toasted pine nuts, to taste

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the grape tomatoes and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the fresh spinach, the seasoned rice vinegar, a dash of crushed red pepper flakes, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; cook, stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes or until the spinach has just wilted. Remove from the skillet and pour into a serving bowl. top with feta cheese and toasted pine nuts. Serve immediately with extra seasoned rice vinegar on the side, if desired. Enjoy.

Side Note: To toast the pine nuts, heat a DRY skillet over medium low heat; add the pine nuts and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and toasted; about 5 minutes.