Stewed Spinach – Super simple way of enjoy spinach African style -bursting with a good amount of greens and delivers the perfect amount spice. A quick and easy way of putting greens on the table.
If at times you get caught in a rut doing the same recipes over and over again, here is an African spinach dish that is easy to make, any time of the week with minimal prep work.
All you need is spinach, tomatoes, onions, shrimp and smoked turkey and you are on your way to a tasty dish. And for added flavor you may use garlic and thyme .
This side dish of spinach is one I’ve been making for as long as I can remember, it’s one of my absolute favorite ways of eating spinach (other than eating it raw in a salad)-Simple, rustic, quick and easy, but the taste is remarkably good.
Oh yes! My cousin called ,that he was coming over for lunch break and that he was SUPER hungry . I get that a lot, from him. This is when he wants me to whip up something fast . And I always fall for it . Luckily for me , or should I say him, I had some thawed spinach already in the fridge . Got out the rest of ingredients, grabbed some plantains and within 50 minutes I had finished cooking and taken a few pictures for the blog. Doesn’t work like this always but today it just did! I gave myself 10 minutes tops for the pictures.
Now can you believe I didn’t have a plate of this deliciousness. Him and hubby wiped the plate cleaned!
No leftovers for the cook😮
For the health conscious , you may be boil the plantains – Mine was far past the boiling stage – Okay who am I kidding , I love fried plantains was hoping to have some leftover.
Any starchy meal works – plantains(roasted or fried), corn fufu ,or yam.
You may leave out the shrimp but the smoked turkey adds a smoky flavor to the dish. Feel free to swap out the spinach for collard greens, add more spices or play with the spice combination to suit your taste buds. If you have crayfish you may throw it in as well.
- ½ pound shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1/2- 1 teaspoon creole seasoning (or your favorite spice mix) Adjust to taste
- ½ pound chopped smoked turkey
- 1 medium onion sliced
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 -2 teaspoons thyme optional
- 4-5 fresh tomatoes chopped
- ½-1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, whole scotch bonnet pepper works too!
- 1- teaspoon paprika
- 3 pounds spinach frozen thawed and drained
- ½ -1 cup canola oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1- teaspoon bouillon powder or Maggie cube optional
Heat canola oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until hot.
Season shrimp with salt and creole seasoning(salt free) or use favorite seasoning .
Lightly sauté the shrimp in about 2 tablespoons oil ,until turns pink about 4-5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
Add the smoked turkey sauté with onions in the oil for 3-4 minutes, stirring often and scraping any browned bits off the bottom of the pot.
Add minced garlic , thyme , cayenne or whole pepper, paprika, chicken (bouillon) and cook stirring for about a minute, then add tomatoes . cook for about 10 minutes. Salt lightly
Through in the spinach, and let it simmer, for about 3-5 minutes.
You may add saute shrimp at the point or serve with shrimp on top of the spinach , adjust for seasonings