Garlic Sautéed Spinach

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You haven't tasted Sauteed Spinach this good until you've eaten this sauteed spinach. Popeye would be proud!

2 pounds fresh tender spinach leaves
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon Earth Balance butter
1 lemon (halved)
sea salt (optional)

Rinse the spinach thoroughly in cold water, and spin dry in a salad spinner, leaving the leaves slightly wet.

Heat the olive oil and sauté the garlic over medium heat for about a minute in a large pot. Be careful not to let the garlic brown. Add the spinach, salt, and pepper to the pot.

Using a wooden spoon, toss the spinach leaves with the garlic and oil, cover the pot, and continue to cook for 2 minutes.

Uncover the pan, turn the heat to high, and cook the spinach for another minute, stirring continuously until all the spinach has wilted.

Using a slotted spoon, lift the spinach into a serving bowl, top with vegan butter, and the juice of one-half lemon. Sprinkle with additional sea salt if desired.

Cut the reserved half of lemon into 4 - 6 slices (one for each serving), and arrange them alongside the spinach.

Serve warm.

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