Meatless Friday: Simple Saag (Spinach Curry)


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Here is a mild but flavorful way to use spinach or any greens. For Friday, top with pan-seared shrimp. Switch out the shrimp for chicken medallions for a weeknight meal.

"Meatless Friday: Simple Saag" by Erin McCole Cupp (

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Simple Saag (Spinach Curry)

1-lb bag frozen spinach
2 T oil (I use half olive oil, half corn oil)
1 medium onion, diced
1 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic, minced fine
1 T freshly ground ginger
2 tsp cumin
1 28-oz can of plain diced tomatoes, drained (I used a quart of home-canned)
1 T lemon juice
1 to 4 T heavy cream, half-and-half, or plain yogurt

Steam spinach according to package directions and drain well. In a separate stock pot, heat oil over medium and cook onions with salt until softened and translucent. Add garlic, ginger, and cumin, and heat over medium until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Add tomatoes and cooked and drained spinach, stirring well. Place lid over stock pot and cook over medium 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, reducing heat to medium-low if any scorching occurs. Stir in lemon juice and replace lid, heating for another 2-3 minutes. Using a stick blender or working in small batches in a regular blender, blend mixture until smooth. Stir in cream or cream substitute to taste. Serve with rice.

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Copyright 2016 Erin McCole Cupp.


About Author

Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find her books and other projects at her website.


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