Easy winter vegetables: spinach, mushrooms, and pine nuts



Lazy cooking is my favorite kind of cooking.  Don't get me wrong: I love preparing healthy, delicious meals for my family.  But I'll be honest.  When five o'clock rolls around, I'm starting to lose some steam.  The grand meals that I may have thought up at breakfast time seem a little bit too complex and too time-consuming.

But I can't be a total cooking slob.  So I generally take those grand ideas so beautifully concocted over breakfast and mutate them into something much easier but, if all goes well, still tasty.

One of my favorites?  A dressed up steamed spinach dish.  You can make this in a snap, and you'll love the way it tastes.

Steamed spinach with mushrooms and pine nuts:

  1. Brown pine nuts over medium-high heat.  (No need to put oil in the pan.  The oil in the nuts is sufficient).
  2. Sauté mushrooms in olive oil.
  3. Steam spinach in a large pot.
  4. Drain water from spinach.
  5. Add pine nuts and mushrooms to spinach.  Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste.
I told you it was easy, didn't I?  

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