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Lebanese Spinach Stew

An incredibly easy dish made with spiced ground beef, spinach, and a squeeze of lemon juice
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: middle eastern, stew
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Farah Abumaizar

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 250-350 g ground beef 1/2 pound
  • 1/2 tsp seven spices or allspice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt, more to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 bags frozen chopped spinach , 400 g each total 28 oz
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • vermicelli rice, to serve

Instructions

  • Start by cooking the beef. In a large pot over medium high heat, add the olive oil. Once hot, add the diced onions and cook for 3-4 minutes until softened, stirring continuously.
  • Add the crushed garlic, and cook for a further minute or so, then add the ground beef.
  • Cook for a minute, breaking apart any clumps of meat with a wooden spoon, then add all the spices (seven spice or all spice, cinnamon, salt and black pepper). Continue cooking, a good 6-8 minutes until beef is all cooked through and brown with no pink bits remaining.
  • Keep stirring and breaking apart clumps of meat- you can even use a potato masher to break the meat apart a little. If desired, drain any extra fat. Taste the mince and adjust for seasoning.
  • Add the frozen packs of spinach directly into the pan with the cooked beef. Let the spinach soften in the heat, and then keep it on the heat till its completely cooked through. If it isn't saucy enough, add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of water or broth. I always find that the spinach releases plenty of liquid and I don't need to add any extra. Add the drained chickpeas and cook for a couple minutes more.
  • Squeeze 1/2-1 lemon into the spinach, taste the spinach, and season with any extra salt or pepper if you think it needs it. Enjoy hot, over vermicelli or plain rice.

Notes

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Nutrition

Calories: 160kcal