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How to Roast Spinach

by
author image Natalie Smith
Natalie Smith is a technical writing professor specializing in medical writing localization and food writing. Her work has been published in technical journals, on several prominent cooking and nutrition websites, as well as books and conference proceedings. Smith has won two international research awards for her scholarship in intercultural medical writing, and holds a PhD in technical communication and rhetoric.
How to Roast Spinach
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Spinach is not usually served roasted because its high water content can turn the spinach to soup before it can dry out and roast, particularly if you use the frozen variety. However, using fresh, whole spinach leaves rather than chopped, frozen spinach can alleviate the moisture problem. Roasting spinach brings out the flavor of the spinach, but cuts some of its bitterness. Serve roasted spinach as a savory side or a light meal combined with other roasted vegetables. Spinach is rich with vitamin K, vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. With only 7 calories in a 1-cup serving of raw spinach, it's a great addition to any diet.

Step 1

How to Roast Spinach
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Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

How to Roast Spinach
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Place the spinach in a large bowl and add the olive oil and the garlic powder or the lemon juice, if you are using them.

Step 3

How to Roast Spinach
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Gently toss the spinach in the oil and seasoning or lemon juice to coat it.

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Step 4

How to Roast Spinach
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Place the spinach on the baking sheet. Spread the spinach out as evenly as possible.

Step 5

How to Roast Spinach
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Place the baking pan in the oven and roast the spinach for three minutes.

Step 6

How to Roast Spinach
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Take the pan out of the oven and turn the spinach with a spatula. Roast the spinach for three more minutes. At the end of the cooking time, the spinach should be wilted and slightly browned.

Step 7

How to Roast Spinach
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Take the baking sheet out of the oven and serve the spinach hot as a side or combine it with roasted potatoes and roasted red or green peppers to make a roasted vegetable entree.

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