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Coconut Creamed Spinach

Coconut Creamed Spinach

Using coconut milk instead of dairy adds exotic appeal to this mouth-watering, divinely decadent-tasting recipe. What a great way to get the eye-health-boosting benefits of fresh spinach!


1 pound well-washed fresh spinach, tough stems removed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup cashews, optional

1. Steam spinach over boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes, until just tender. Gently squeeze out excess moisture, then chop spinach coarsely and reserve.

2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the oil and add the ginger, cumin, and nutmeg. Cook about 1 minute, until fragrant. Stir in the spinach, coconut milk, and salt and pepper, to taste.

3. Simmer 5 to 7 minutes, until hot and creamy, then add cashews, if using, stirring to combine. Serve hot, over rice if desired.

Serves 4 to 6.

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Inspired by The Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook, by Robin Robertson (Harvard Common Press, 2002).

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8:34AM PDT on Jun 27, 2015


7:14PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

Coconut and spinach ~ interesting combo!

9:28PM PDT on Apr 13, 2013


8:51AM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

* to cashews, sorry for the misprint

8:49AM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

No, thanks. I'm allergic tom cashews and coconuts.

1:21PM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Sounds good.

3:57PM PST on Mar 5, 2013

lovely recipe, thanks

4:08PM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Yum !!!

7:20PM PST on Feb 28, 2013

I'll try it!

10:36AM PST on Feb 28, 2013


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