Paleo Creamed Spinach – a creamy and delicious vegetable side dish to help you fall in love with dark leafy greens again !

Paleo Creamed Spinach. Creamy and delicious Paleo spinach/vegetable side dish. Low carb recipe. Dairy free. Gluten free. IHeartUmami.com

Green is my favorite color. I was debating between sharing a paleo version of matcha green tea muffin or Paleo Creamed Spinach recipe for the upcoming St. Patrick’s day. Let’s just say I’m not much of a baker so it was obvious that I went with my specialties – savory and umami-packed yum dishes. :))

I know you probably are quite familiar with creamed spinach. But if you’ve ever wondered why your Paleo Creamed Spinach tastes not-as-creamy or gorgeous as the pictures on the web, I’m here to share a new way to make your Paleo Creamed Spinach truly gorgeous and creamy.

Read on below to find out how a few simple twists can transform this old time favorite.

Paleo Creamed Spinach. Creamy and delicious Paleo spinach/vegetable side dish. Low carb recipe. Dairy free. Gluten free. IHeartUmami.com

My take on an old time favorite – Paleo Creamed Spinach

I tried out a few recipes online and, for some reason, none of them turned out as I had hoped for – beautiful vibrant green and none mushy spinach covered in a layer of white creamy sauce.

-The spinach would be overcooked without any texture.

-The cream would be tinted yellow-green.

-The sauce would be watery instead of creamy.

I followed the instructions to sauté the spinach then replaced heavy cream with coconut cream. Meh… it tastes good but I feel like my spinach is swimming around in a pool of tinted yellow-green broth instead covered in a layer of gorgeous snow white cream.

Paleo Creamed Spinach. Creamy and delicious Paleo spinach/vegetable side dish. Low carb recipe. Dairy free. Gluten free. IHeartUmami.com

My instincts told me that perhaps I should quick boil the spinach and then squeeze out the water but to be honest…that seemed like a lot of work. :d

This bunny knows how to eat spinach 🙂

So here’s what I discovered – a lazy girl’s way to make gorgeous Paleo Creamed Spinach even my husband (who’s mom makes the best Irish creamed spinach pie ) gave a thumbs-up ! :))

A few simple twists

I added baby bella mushrooms to give the dish a contrasting color and texture. You can use any other type of mushrooms you want – such as white button mushrooms or crimini mushrooms. Slice them into quarters (as opposed to thin slices), which give you a nice chunky, yummy bites.

Sauté the mushrooms and spinach separately and gently simmer the coconut cream (+ mix with ghee butter) in a separate small sauce pot so no ingredient will interfere with any-other.

All you have to do is combine them at the end. Give it a quick toss and…voila you’ll have a plate of gorgeous Paleo Creamed Spinach. :))

Now I’d love to hear how you usually prepare Paleo Creamed Spinach. Do you use different methods or seasonings ? Tell me below so I can learn from you as well !

Paleo Creamed Spinach. Creamy and delicious Paleo spinach/vegetable side dish. Low carb recipe. Dairy free. Gluten free. IHeartUmami.com

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Paleo Creamed Spinach. Creamy and delicious Paleo spinach/vegetable side dish. Low carb recipe. Dairy free. Gluten free. IHeartUmami.com

Paleo Creamed Spinach. Creamy and delicious Paleo spinach/vegetable side dish. Low carb recipe. Dairy free. Gluten free. IHeartUmami.com
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Paleo Creamed Spinach

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 4 people
Author: ChihYu
Paleo Creamed Spinach ! This recipe uses no starch. Follow the simple steps below to make a truly creamy Paleo Creamed Spinach. It will help you and the family eat more dark leafy greens ! 
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Ingredients

  • 6 cups spinach, , washed and roughly chopped
  • 0.75 oz baby bella mushrooms, , quartered
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced, (half amount to saute mushrooms, half amount to saute spinach)
  • 2/3 cup coconut cream, (use ½ cup for less coconut flavor)
  • 1 tbsp chicken or vegetable stock
  • Olive oil, ghee, salt, black pepper

Instructions

  • Saute mushrooms: Heat 1 tbsp ghee or olive oil in a large saute pan (or dutch oven). When hot, lower the heat to medium. Add half amount of chopped garlic, season with a small pinch of salt. Saute until fragrant (about 5-10 seconds). Add quartered mushrooms. Season with another pinch of salt. Keep sauteing until the mushrooms turn slightly softer. Add 1 tbsp stock to the saute pan to help stir-frying. Set aside. If there’s any liquid left in the saute pan, dump the water.
  • Saute spinach: Heat 1 ½ to 2 tbsp ghee in a large saute pan (or dutch oven). When hot, lower the heat to medium. Add the rest amount of chopped garlic, season with a small pinch of salt. Saute until fragrant (about 5-10 seconds). Add spinach. Keep sauteing until the spinach turns slightly wilted but not mushy. Season with another pinch of salt. Set aside. Discard the liquid in the saute pan. 
  • Warm up the sauce: In a medium size saucepan, uncovered, gently warm up cup coconut cream with 1 tbsp ghee. Stir occasionally until thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Serve: Combine mushrooms and spinach. Pour the sauce over. Give it a gentle toss. Optional - serve with toasted almond slices or lemon zest if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 108g | Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 23.3g | Saturated Fat: 16.5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 625mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 88% | Vitamin C: 24% | Calcium: 6% | Iron: 12%
Course: Side Dish, vegetable
Cuisine: American
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Nutrition Facts
Paleo Creamed Spinach
Amount Per Serving (108 g)
Calories 229 Calories from Fat 210
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23.3g 36%
Saturated Fat 16.5g 83%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 625mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 88%
Vitamin C 24%
Calcium 6%
Iron 12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.