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Spinach Peanut Butter Saute

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Spinach Peanut Butter Saute
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A Surprising Taste Treat

Here is a unique recipe that is surprisingly delicious.

My sister an brother-in-law lived in Swaziland for several years.  This is a dish they would frequently eat while they lived there, though we don't believe it originated there.  I am just glad she mentioned it.  It was such a unusual idea, I had to try it very next day. Now I am hooked.

This really is the easiest dish, combining two of my favorite things: Spinach and Peanut butter. It’s an easy dish to make for a single serving too. I had it for lunch and found it satisfying and very filling. I never would have considered putting these two together, but I’m officially convinced!  It was a fun dish to try and to eat. Nice to know I can enjoy peanut butter without the bread sometimes. 

You won't find a much faster or easier hot dish to prepare.  I love fast and easy.  If you prefer, the spinach can be cooked in the microwave, eliminating the oil and the need for a skillet.  

As good as spinach tastes raw, I crave hot vegetables often. They are so satisfying and tasty when fresh cooked.  It feels healthy as I eat them.  Adding peanut butter as the other key ingredient also gives the dish nutritional balance providing plenty of protein to the super nutritious spinach.  

Peanut butter was first created partly to be a protein substitute to eat instead of meat.  A quarter cup provides nearly 20% of the recommended daily protein along with a plenty of other nutrients including niacin, biotin, Vitamin E, B1 and B2, and manganese. It also contains resveratol, the antioxidant found in red grapes and wine.  It even provides more antioxidants than many fruits.

Peanuts are considered a top health food for the positive effect they have on cardiovascular disease.  Eating several servings (3 to 4) a week can lower the risk by nearly 20%.  Of course, they are high in calories, so one or two tablespoons per serving is plenty.

You might enjoy adding some chopped onion, sautéing it in the oil for 2 or 3 minutes before adding the spinach.  Use any peanut butter you like, even chunk style.  The peanut taste will still delight you.

You have to taste it to believe it. 


Prep time 10 minutes

Total time 15 minutes

Serves 2


  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter 
  • salt and pepper as desired
  • 1 - 2 tablespoon peanuts for garnish (optional)


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet.
  2. Add spinach, seasonings, and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in peanut butter until melted and mixed.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

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