Lemon Spinach

This is a quick, healthy, tasty side dish that can brighten up any meal!


  • 1 pound fresh spinach
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Cut off the stems and wash the spinach.
  2. Put the spinach, black pepper, and lemon juice in a pan.
  3. Cook, uncovered, over low heat for 3 minutes, until just tender.

To stem spinach:

  • If you purchased a bunch of spinach with large leaves, the stems can be fibrous and stringy.
  • Cut the stems off at the bottom of the spinach leaf.

To wash spinach: 

  • Fill a bowl with cold water, and swish loose leaves around.
  • Let the leaves set in the water until dirt and sand settle.
  • Lift leaves from water and place in a colander.
  • Drain and rinse the bowl.
  • Repeat the steps above 2-3 times with fresh water until the spinach is clean.
  • Pat leaves dry with towel, if needed.

 Cut Down on Choking:

For kids under the age of 4 years old, serve food in the following ways:

  • Puree, blend or mash all ingredients in this recipe. Stringy, smooth, or slippery foods like cooked spinach can slide down kids’ throat before chewing.