Monday, March 12, 2012

Weekend Fun and Spinach Namul (Banchan: Korean Side Dish)

We had a nice weekend without anything on the agenda. Since it was a beautiful weekend, we took advantage of the weather and spent quite a bit of time outside.


We also made more banchan over the weekend. I enlisted the help of hubby and the kid to take the ends off the bean sprouts – let’s just say hubby ended up doing most of the work, and it is VERY time-consuming…


On to the next dish in my banchan series. It’s another simple dish that keeps well in the fridge for several days: spinach namul. The spinach is quickly blanched, mixed with seasonings, and then quickly sautéed.


Spinach Namul
Ingredients
  • 1.5 pounds spinach
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 4 tsp sesame seeds
  • olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
Directions
  1. Bring some water to a boil and add the salt.
  2. Add the spinach to the boiling water and cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Drain the spinach and rinse under cold water. Squeeze out the water
  4. Mix the soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil and vinegar and coat the spinach with the mixture.
  5. Heat a frying pan and spray it with olive oil.
  6. Sauté the spinach for about 30 seconds.
  7. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds.

Questions: Do you like spinach? Yes, and I almost always have some around. If so, what’s your favorite way to eat it? That’s hard to say because I enjoy spinach in so many dishes. I love it as a salad with a warm dressing and topped with a poached egg. I also enjoy it in my kefir/blueberry/spinach smoothies. Plus, mushrooms and spinach scrambles are one of my go-to breakfasts. And there are so many more ways I enjoy it…

Be well,
Andrea

30 comments:

  1. The Kid is growing up so fast! Cute photos.
    I do like spinach! I mostly buy baby spinach, and throw it in as many things as I can get away with: smoothies, scrambles, lasagna...etc. I also just love it stir-fried over rice with some canned salmon and oyster sauce :)

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    1. Yes, I can't keep the kid from growing... ;)

      Love the rice/salmon/oyster sauce/spinach idea!

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  2. I only really like raw spinach but I'd love to find another way to eat it. I may give this a try!!!

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    1. Let me know if you'll ever try this... :)

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  3. I learned to like spinach over the years. I prefer it raw in a salad or stir-fried in a dish.

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    1. I didn't like spinach when I was a kid, either. It's funny how our taste can change...

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  4. I like spinach now although I hated it as a kid! I like it best in salads or sauteed with garlic and EVOO.

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    1. I think there were quite a few of us who didn't like spinach as a child... :)

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  5. I do like spinach, and strangely I really don't like it raw (weird coming from an RD). I think this recipe sounds great, even if I have to make it without the garlic! I don't know if I've ever had a dish with spinach and soy sauce. I bet it tastes great.

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    1. Yes, the soy sauce and spinach go nicely together.

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  6. I think actually I like spinach the best this way, realky need to make it. one question though, is it good to store the dish once prepared at the fridge? for how long? I ask because usually for Chinese family, we don't eat greens that has been prepared the day before.

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    1. Your question about storing cooked spinach made me do a quick google search. It appears there are some concerns out there about re-heating cooked spinach, but I didn't find anything conclusive. I actually don't reheat this dish, so the re-heating part doesn't apply to me. I, personally, keep the dish in the fridge for up to 3 days, depending on how quickly we eat all the banchan dishes I make (usually less than 3 days...). But I think it is so quick and easy to make that you can just make enough for one meal and always make it fresh. That way there are no concerns... :)

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    2. thanks Andrea, I bought spinach and bean sprouts to make tonight! :)

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  7. this looks like a terrific preparation of spinach, a must try!

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    1. Thanks! Let me know how you like it if you ever try it.

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  8. Oh yummy! I love spinach and my all time favorite is a strawberry spinach salad. I eat it all Spring and Summer long and never tire of it.

    http://nutmegnotebook.com/2010/03/strawberry-spinach-salad/

    I recently made these little spinach cakes and they are to die for, reheat nicely in the microwave too.

    http://nutmegnotebook.com/2012/03/parmesan-spinach-cakes-broccoli-sausage-quiche-cups-weighing-in/

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    1. Both recipes sound great! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. This looks fabulous! Yes, I love spinach. This dish looks simple, yet so flavorful! :)

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    1. Yes, it's very simple and flavorful, which I love! :)

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  10. Funny I was just talking about warm dressings to someone who said they didn't like "cold" salads. It's such a good compromise. I used to do more spinach. Lately it's been kale. So nice to be outside more, isn't it?

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    1. I love kale, too, but haven't been eating it as much lately. Have to change that!

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  11. I love spinach...especially in warm salads and eggs. I can't believe how TALL the toddler is!! He's getting so, so big!

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    1. I know, he is growing up soooooo fast...

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  12. I love spinach and I am sad at the end of the week when I am all out. I am with Nicole - holy cow the toddler is growing up so fast! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  13. My mom made this for my friends. She served it as bibimbap. Sigh...I miss her so much already! :'-(

    Hee hee, nice of Andy to help out! And I see the toddler helping out as well! So cute.

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    1. Yes, Andy got some help, but, unfortunately, the toddler lost interest pretty quickly...

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  14. I do love spinach, but I love kale even more. Glad you have been able to take advantage of the gorgeous weather!

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    1. Yes, kale is great! We just got some in our CSA, and I can't wait to eat it tomorrow!

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