Monday, December 22, 2014

Black bean chili garlic spinach; Meatless Monday.


I think this post is all done.I have said it all in the title of the title!Really, there is very little left to say after that! It truly is as simple as that! This is a very simple, flavorful dish wherein the steamed spinach is sautéed with some black bean chili garlic oil. There is nothing else that you need to add. This dish makes for a great side during the holidays when there is so much indulgence in rich, fatty food and most of the dishes are  non-vegetarian or meat. This gives the meal the much needed balance by adding plant-base nutrients and fiber. This is a quick and super-easy dish.

Servings: 4


Spinach: 1 bunch
Sesame oil: 1 tsp ( you can use any cooking oil if you don't have sesame oil).
Garlic: 2 cloves, chopped
Black bean chilli garlic oil: 1-2 tbsp
Salt: to taste 
Sugar: 1/4 tsp


Wash spinach thoroughly to get rid of any residual sand/dirt in it.

Steam it for 6-8 mins.

Heat sesame oil in a sauté pan/ frying pan.

Add the chopped garlic and sauté for a minute until it sweats.

Now add the black bean chilli garlic oil. Then add in the steamed spinach, a little salt( as needed) and a pinch of sugar. Sauté for 2 mins so that it all comes together.

Serve hot with rice/ potatoes/pasta .


Cooking made easy:

You can make the above recipe with most greens, for example: Bok Choy,  broccolini, mustard greens etc.

Tip for  healthy living:

Even one serving of leafy green vegetable in your daily diet goes a long way towards maintaing a healthy body.Leafy green vegetables are rich in fiber therefore adding bulk to your meal, making you fuller faster. The roughage helps prevent constipation and helps keep the GI system optimally functioning. All this also helps lose weight, lower cholesterol and maintains blood sugar levels. Leafy green vegetables are rich in calcium and potassium thereby keeping the bones strong. They are rich in antioxidants like vitamin C, lutein and zeaxanthin which help keep the skin and hair healthy. Leafy greens are also rich in vitamins A,B,CE and K.

Food for thought:

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