Easy Saag Paneer

Easy Saag Paneer

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From: EatingWell.com, February 2018

The paneer cheese in this fast and easy dinner doesn't melt when it cooks. It browns instead, giving a toothsome texture to this Indian classic packed with spinach and spices. Serve over brown basmati rice to round out this healthy meal.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 8 ounces paneer cheese, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 20 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and finely chopped
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups low-fat plain yogurt


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  1. Toss paneer with turmeric in a medium bowl until coated. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the paneer and cook, flipping once, until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add onion and jalapeño (if using) and cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes. (If the pan seems dry during cooking, add a little water, 2 tablespoons at a time.) Add garlic, ginger, garam masala and cumin. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add spinach and salt. Cook, stirring, until hot, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in yogurt and paneer.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 cup
  • Per serving: 382 calories; 24 g fat(12 g sat); 5 g fiber; 19 g carbohydrates; 25 g protein; 223 mcg folate; 64 mg cholesterol; 11 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 17,159 IU vitamin A; 10 mg vitamin C; 700 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 641 mg sodium; 815 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (343% daily value), Calcium (70% dv), Folate (56% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 2 fat, 2 high-fat protein, 1½ reduced-fat dairy, 1½ vegetable

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