Getting your Winter Greens.

I consider myself fortunate in the sense that I love, love vegetables. I’m not a big meat eater and I always try to make veggies a prominent staple in my diet. That being said, if you know me at all you know I’m not a big fan of temperatures below about 70 degrees. I find it so much harder to stay on track during the winter months.

My secret to keeping my vegetable intake high during the cold months always revolves around some quick + easy WARM meals, like sauteed or roasted veggies and this is one of my go-to favorites. It’s so simple that I often will whip it up for lunch when I have a moment.

SAUTEED SPINACH + TOMATOES W/ THYME + GARLIC

1. PREP : Wash + sllice approximately 2 cups of little tomatoes. I love this colorful heirloom mix of greenhouse tomatoes because each one has a different level of sweetness. Wash 3-4 cups of fresh baby spinach. Set aside.

2. SAUTE : Start by preparing + peeling 6 cloves of fresh garlic (this might be heavy but I’m a big garlic fan so scale accordingly), smashed and 1/2 of a medium white onion, diced. Saute on medium heat in a heavy cast iron skillet with coconut oil and a sprinkling of kosher salt until onions are translucent and garlic is slightly browned. Toss the spinach + tomatoes into the skillet.

3. BOIL : If you’re making this as a main dish or dinner, you can always bring a pot of salted water to a boil and toss in a few handfuls of pasta. I like using this super speedy al dente spinach pasta that cooks in about 3 minutes. Cook + drain in a colander.

4. WILT : Continue cooking the spinach + tomato mixture, stirring only occasionally. Add fresh cracked pepper and a bit more kosher salt; cook for approximately 5 minutes until the tomatoes have broken down and the spinach is wilted. Add in a few sprigs of thyme as you turn off the heat and allow the flavor to toss into the dish. It will smell delicious!

5. GARNISH : Plate the veggies and sprinkle with some freshly shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano for a nice nutty + salty combo to balance the sweetness of the spinach, tomato + onion flavors.

6. ENJOY : Grab a {real} dish, {cloth} and a {vintage} fork and dig in. Don’t laugh, these little touches can make all the difference in making a five-minute veggie meal feel a little indulgent and gourmet – especially on a cold day. Presentation, as they say, is everything.

Love to know your go-to ways to enjoy your winter veggies!

I’m an old soul based in Atlanta, GA and mom of 3 with a deep love of all things from the past with a story to tell, on a mission to keep heirlooms around for another generation - whether it be a tradition, splattered family recipe, or historic home.

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