Glycemic Index Cookbook For Dummies
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Vegetables are a major component of a low-glycemic diet, so eats lots of them. This low-glycemic recipe for wilted spinach with pine nuts perks up your palate with a bright lemon-dijon dressing. Prevent food boredom by trying new recipes like this one!

The dressing in this recipe has lots of pizzazz — so much that you may not need to add all of it; the lemon flavor is strong. Also, you can use pistachios in place of the pine nuts — they’re also delicious.

Low-Glycemic Wilted Spinach with Lemon and Pine Nuts

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 3–4 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 to 4 tablespoons)

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

One 10-ounce bag prewashed baby spinach

1/4 cup pine nuts

Salt to taste

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, thyme, Dijon mustard, and vinegar. Set aside.

  2. In a large saucepan with a steamer basket, steam the spinach over water, put the lid on, and turn the heat up to medium-high. Cook until the spinach just wilts, about 3 to 4 minutes. (You don’t want soggy spinach, so make sure you take it out as soon as it starts to wilt.)

  3. Use a pair of tongs to remove the spinach from the steamer, and place it in a medium serving bowl; gently toss the spinach with the lemon-oil dressing until it’s coated evenly. Add the pine nuts, salt to taste, and serve.

Per serving: Calories 142 (From Fat 100); Glycemic Load 0 (Low); Fat 11g (Saturated 2g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 267mg; Carbohydrate 10g (Dietary Fiber 4g); Protein 4g.

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Meri Raffetto, RD, is a registered dietitian and recognized professional in the area of nutrition and wellness; she has been featured in Healthy Living Magazine and the Chicago Tribune. She is the founder and CEO of and author of The Glycemic Index Diet For Dummies.

Rosanne Rust, MS, RD, LDN, is a registered dietitian, freelance writer, and online weight-loss coach for Real Living Nutrition Services.

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