This dish is a hearty side dish that will go with almost anything and its quick and easy. It can also be used as a warm dip with crackers or bread. If you prefer to use fresh spinach, blanch in boiling water for 1 minute till bright green and slightly wilted. Strain spinach and immerse in ice water until it is no longer warm. This will stop the cooking process, keep the spinach tender, and retain the nutrients.