For some people spinach might seem like a pretty boring vegetable to be cooking. But if you cook it ever so lightly and then spruce it up with a little bit of lemon and garlic it should be a pretty tasty little vegetable filled with plenty of iron that your body requires. You can also add it to a variety of different dishes like quiche, lasagna and other vegetarian dishes.
You should make sure that when you pick out your fresh spinach that it doesn't have any brown or yellow spots on it. Sometimes you can find some pretty good spinach leaves for you already packaged that a lot of people use to make salads with. With this you will usually find really good healthy leaves.
If you buy it bulk and not in a package make sure that you check it really good for any wilted or discolored outer leaves and remove all of these leaves from your fresh spinach. Once you done this make sure to wash your spinach good to make sure that you remove all of the dirt or sand that might be on it. Then make sure to remove all the excess water from the leaves.
Next you will need to trim off all the tough stems as much as possible and remove any roots. Then you can either chop up the spinach or you can if you like, just leave the leaves whole.
Take your spinach and cook it by dropping it into a hot skillet with just the little bit of water that is still on the leaves from washing it. Fold the cooked spinach that's on the bottom of your pan over your uncooked leaves which are on top. You should keep adding more leaves until all of the spinach cooks down. You know that the spinach is cooked when all the leaves are completely wilted but they are still a very bright green. This should only take about 2 or 3 minutes at the most.
You might want to saute your spinach with some garlic, oil and red pepper flakes and then give a little accent with some lemon juice. Or you may want to stir fry it with some ginger and garlic and then add some peanut sauce and tofu, if you like tofu. Another good way is to add your spinach to an omelet or a frittata.
Final Note: Remember spinach shrinks a lot when cooked so one bunch of spinach might be just enough for four people who aren't too fond of it, but if people like the spinach then you are going to need a lot more than one bunch of it to serve as a side dish.