Veggie side dishes can get a bad rap–boring and bland. Hello! Vegetables do not have to taste like cardboard.
I am not a fancy cook and really hate spending a lot of extra time in the kitchen preparing a meal. And I like to eat healthy, flavorful dishes. Do yourself a favor, save your time and energy with a quick side dish so you can concentrate on the main course.
The great part about this VEGGIE SIDE DISH? it only has six ingredients: olive oil, minced garlic, onion, spinach, tomatoes and your choice of spice(s).
- OIL + GARLIC: Add olive oil to a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add 1-2 tablespoons of minced garlic (really depends how much you like, says the Italian!) and saute for about 1 minute.
- ONION: Chop and add 1 medium Vidalia onion (these are a bit sweeter than red onions). Stir to coat the onions with the oil and garlic. Spread the onion out evenly over the pan and stir occasionally until they start to brown.
- SPINACH: Add a 16 oz. bag of spinach and cover the pan. Let it cook for about 2 minutes. Trust me, the spinach will cook down.
- SPICE: Sprinkle in your favorite spice and toss the spinach with tongs or a spatula. You can try a little lemon zest or curry for an Indian flare.
- TOMATOES: Add your tomatoes and toss. Always leave your tomatoes to the end so they do not get super mushy. Cherry tomatoes are my go-to, but these ones are fresh from the farm.
Did you know that it is best to plant garlic in the fall rather than the spring? The weather has a lot to do with its growth; early October is a perfect time to plant garlic.
According to Good Housekeeping, garlic grows easily, takes up little room and has simple upkeep throughout the year. Horticulture is not my thing, I have killed two bamboo plants. Who kills bamboo!?! Ok, garlic, game on. And go Bears!