Back to cooking with greens with another delightful dish! This simple spinach recipe utilizes the bounty of my friend’s fall garden. She replants her leafy vegetables mid-August for a late harvest, with which I am blessed. However one 10-12 oz bag of fresh spinach will do, if you are buying it.
This recipe is high in protein and iron. It has vitamin C as well, which increases the absorption of dietary iron according to the Mayo Clinic. They recommend using any of the following for this purpose: broccoli, grapefruit, kiwi, leafy greens, melons, oranges, peppers, strawberries, tangerines, or tomatoes. Lemon juice and tomatoes were my inspiration here.
It is important to use coconut or avocado oil, as olive oil produces carcinogens, when heated to high temperatures.
I always use Real Salt or Himalayan salt, which have all the necessary minerals. Other salts (including white sea salt) don’t have these essential nutrients. High quality salt, which is pink in color, and electrolytes are both necessary for good health. You will notice a stabilization of your emotions, when these are balanced in your system. Arbonne sells excellent electrolyte powder at a reasonable price, especially when you consider the cost of coconut or vitamin waters and Gatorade. The caliber of Arbonne’s electrolytes far exceeds that of these drinks!
The first time I served my lemon/spinach creation was for a couple from my church. His mother had just passed and we were celebrating her life with utter joy! There were jocund accounts of her life’s victories, as well pictures of her holy marriage in the 1940’s. The Spirit of God moved during our festive fellowship.
I used ahi tuna steaks that night in this recipe, instead of the chicken tenderloins. Either version is powerfully good. Note: be extra careful not to overcook the meat or fish.
Enjoy perfect simplicity here!
Lemon Spinach Chicken Yields: 4 servings. (Note: may substitute ahi tuna steaks.)
3 tbsp of oil (Coconut or avocado oil is best.)
1 large yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 medium lemons, squeezed
12-16 chicken tenderloins, thawed (Natural ones are available at Trader’s inexpensively, or you may substitute 4-6 ounce ahi tuna steaks.)
Salt and pepper to taste (Real Salt is best, available in the health section at local supermarkets)
2 medium/large tomatoes, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, chopped (For a change, I used elephant garlic which is milder; if using this, double the amount.)
10-12 ounces of fresh spinach
Steamed brown rice (Basmati rice from Trader’s is my favorite.)
- Heat 1 ½ tbsp oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add small piece of onion; when it sizzles, add the remaining onion. Carmelize onion (cook until dark brown). Set aside in a large bowl.
- Meanwhile roll lemons on counter, pushing down hard with your hand, to loosen the juices inside. Squeeze lemons. Set aside.
- Melt remaining oil in frying pan over medium heat. Pat thawed tenderloins or tuna, somewhat dry, by using paper towels. (A little moisture will help the adhesion of seasonings.) Be sure to salt and pepper raw meat/fish generously. Cook chicken tenderloins or tuna, in hot oil, in batches if necessary. Cut tenderloins into bite-size pieces with spatula. Cook only until very pink inside. DO NOT OVERCOOK! (The inner meat of the tuna or chicken should be almost red, as it will cook more later.) Place pieces in the bowl with onions as each is done. Watch very carefully, as not to overcook. Leave fond (pan drippings) in pan.
- Add tomatoes and garlic to hot frying pan and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, or until soft and chunky. Deglaze the pan (scrape fond off bottom with a heat-resistant spatula or wooden spoon), while tomatoes are cooking. Note: there is an abundance of flavor in fond.
- Add half the spinach to hot sauce; stir well, by distributing the tomatoes over greens. Repeat step with rest of spinach; cook briefly, or just until leaves are slightly limp.
- Place meat or tuna, onions, and lemon juice in frying pan with spinach/tomatoes. Stir well. Cook mixture just until hot. Do not overcook the meat/fish.
- Adjust seasonings.
- Serve with steamed brown rice. So delicious!