Simple Sautéed Spinach

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Of all the dark leafy greens, we like to cook spinach because of its versatility, bright taste and nutritional superpowers. Watch as Nutrisystem registered dietitian, Mandi Knowles, shows you how to prepare and cook spinach as an ideal side dish for any delicious dinner.

Dark, leafy greens are unlimited on Nutrisystem. This means that you can enjoy as much of them as you’d like on your weight loss menu. From kale and collards to arugula and romaine, you can create salads and side dishes that feature these nutritious ingredients. They are a great way to add some satisfying fiber to any meal or snack that you’re making.

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Video Transcript:

So here we have sauteed spinach and it’s a great addition to any of your meals. It takes literally less than five minutes to prepare. So let’s go over to the stove and I’ll show you how to make it. Sautéing spinach only takes a matter of minutes.

First, you just put a little bit, maybe a teaspoon, of olive oil in the pan. Let that heat up just a little bit. And then, just dump the spinach into the pot. And you can do this in sections, you don’t need to put it all in if it won’t fit. And then just start stirring it around.

Add a little bit of fresh cracked pepper, and a little bit of salt, and just keep working the spinach. As it begins to wilt, you can just add some more of the fresh spinach in to get it all in there, because it will cook down.

You can start to see now, the spinach is almost cooked through, and all the leaves are wilted down and turned a bright green. So what you’re going to do is take it off the heat and take it over to your plate and serve with your dinner.

So here we’ve paired our sautéed spinach with our chicken pot pie. It literally takes the same amount of time to make.

So first, to make the chicken pot pie, you take it out of the box. Peel back one corner of the tray, about an inch, microwave for 45-60 seconds, take it out of the microwave, carefully stir, remove the crust from the pouch, and microwave for another 15 seconds.

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Servings: ~2 (1 serving = ½ cup)

Calories per Serving: 83

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 Vegetable


  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 large container (~15 oz.) fresh spinach
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pinch of salt


  1. Add olive oil to pan and bring to medium heat.
  2. Add spinach and season to taste.
  3. Cook until spinach is bright green and wilted (about 3-5 minutes).
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