Spinach stew

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We’ve been having spinach stew every week for the last month or so. It’s very fast to make, so perfect when we are in a hurry, with work or just because we are relaxing and not wanting to spend too much time cooking. This is a dish we had for years, as it is a Romanian recipe. The recipe is traditionally vegan, without any animal-based ingredients. It is usually made in Spring, as that is the perfect season for fresh spinach.

Spinach stew

I made this dish with all types of available spinach: fresh, frozen, canned. It works great with all of them, so pick the one which is more convenient for you. All spinach is healthy and delicious, regardless of the form you buy it in. I kept the spices at a minimum as the veggies are delicious on their own, but, if you want to add more spices, do that. I would highly recommend freshly grounded pepper, of course, but the rest is up to you.
Also, you can use ready-chopped, frozen onions to make your life easier if you want to. Add a handful of chopped onions instead of a medium one and that is fine.

Ingredients for 2 servings of spinach stew:

– 500g fresh spinach
– 1 can of chopped tomatoes
– 1 medium onion
– 1 spoon oil
– salt
– pepper
– pizza seasoning

Wash, peel, and chop the onion. Heat the oil in a frying pan and toss in the onions. Cook them over medium heat. Stir so they don’t burn and add the chopped tomatoes when the onions are almost done.

Wash and drain the spinach if it’s necessary. Some supermarkets sell spinach which is washed and ready to eat. Add gradually the spinach, allowing for the first batch to soften before adding more, making it easier to stir and cook. Leave the spinach on the hob for about 20 minutes or until the moisture has largely evaporated.

Add the spices and stir. Now the dish is ready to be served.

8 thoughts on “Spinach stew

  1. I imagine the pizza seasoning is lovely in this stew. I tend to add fresh spinach to salads or soups. I haven’t bought frozen spinach in ages, I think because of the distant memories of rather unpleasant tasting frozen spinach from the days of my youth.

  2. I love spinach in any form or fashion, so this looks delicious!! I grew up eating canned spinach and have a holiday dish my kids like made from frozen, but I think my favorite is fresh. I’ll definitely be making some form of this soon.
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      1. It’s simple and can easily be adapted with vegan options. Cook two 10-oz. packages of frozen spinach according to the directions then drain well. Stir in 6-oz. cream cheese and 2 Tablespoons butter. Add salt to taste. Transfer to a greased baking dish and top with breadcrumbs tossed in melted butter. Bake uncovered about 20 minutes in a 350F oven. You just want to get it browned on top and bubbly inside.
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      2. And now that I think about it, your spinach preparation is very similar to what I do with other kinds of greens (turnip, collard, mustard).

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