Italian Spinach

I recently got to visit my parents in NC… where the weather was nicer than this extended Northeast winter, and my mom’s food was just as perfect!  She really has a knack for beyond delicious cooking, and takes my gluten and dairy allergies with ease.  Here is one recipe I just had to share from her kitchen!

Italian Spinach with Pine Nuts


  1. 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1 shallot, chopped
  3. 1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
  4. 1/4 cup pine nuts
  5. 6 cups baby spinach, rinsed
  6. 1 Tablespoon sherry or red wine vinegar
  7. 1/2 Tablespoon vegan butter
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 
  10. 1/3 cup golden raisins (soaked till soft then drained)


  1. In large saute pan, heat the olive oil.  
  2. Add shallot and saute till soft over low heat, about 2 to 3 minutes.  
  3. Add garlic, if using, and saute about 1 minute.  
  4. Add pine nuts and saute about 1 minute.  
  5. Add spinach,   vinegar, butter, salt and red pepper flakes.  
  6. Stir to combine ingredients and saute covered till spinach is wilted and dark green.  If needed, raise heat to medium high to reduce any excess water from the spinach.
  7. Stir in raisins before serving. 

italian spinach

Happy Allergy Free Eating!










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