CHILLI BEEF AND SPINACH

 

I had earlier on in my blog posted that I am not a fun of spinach or any dark greens for that matter apart from Kale( sukuma wiki). Well this is one of the recipes that are weaning me into eating spinach, I still can not eat them by themselves but I guess as long as they get into my mouth and eventually my stomach that should count right???? I loved the chilli flavour in this dish and also the fact that I made it in less than 20 mins. I also had this on its own with no accompaniment and I really enjoyed it, I think it would go great tho with either rice or Ugali (Kenyan meal made out of maize meal). HAPPY COOKING!

SERVES4

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon of peanut/Sesame  oil (this is great for stir fry’s coz it has a high smoke point but if you don’t have regular vegetable or olive oil is fine)
  • 400g beef fillet/steak, thinly sliced
  • 2 small fresh chillies
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 bunch of spinach, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons teriyaki sauce ( when I don’t have this I mix soy sauce with just a bit of brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon corn flour
  • ½ teaspoon beef stock powder (such as royko)
  • ¼ cup (60ml) water

 

METHOD

  1. Combine beef, oil, chillies and garlic in a bowl and marinate for at least 20 mins (This is optional but adds to the flavour in the meat the longer the better)
  2. Heat oil in wok
  3. Add combined beef, oil, chillies and garlic in batches
  4. Stir fry until beef is tender
  5. Add spinach, sauce and sugar
  6. Add blended corn flour, stock powder and water
  7. Stir until sauce boils and thickens

 

Baked eggs with spinach, tomatoes and bacon

I have never been a big fun of greens let alone spinach. But of late I am discovering new and tasty ways of preparing it that has made it my “new found” green. This meal is pretty healthy (minus the bacon). One serving is about 176 calories, so it’s great for those who are calorie counting. Add a slice of toasted brown bread a little butter and end up with about 300 calories. Anyway as fate would have it on the day I was to try out the recipe I had just gotten some bacon and thought what the hell, so I put some in. It turned out great. This can make a great starter, nice brunch or light meal. I am sorry for the horrible picture quality 😦 . Enjoy

Baked eggs with spinach, tomatoes and bacon

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 bunches of spinach
  • 1 teaspoons of minced/ crushed garlic
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 8 rashers of bacon
  • 4 eggs
  • dhania

METHOD

1.      Heat oven to 200°C.

2.      Wash spinach and trim off stalks

3.      Put spinach in a pan and cover until it just begins to wilt. Add the garlic and mix well.

4.      Divide spinach between four ramekins.

5.      Cut up the tomatoes, dhania and bacon

6.      Mix the tomatoes, bacon, dhania and chilli flakes, season with salt and pepper.

7.      Add this mixture to the ramekins with the spinach.

8.      Make a small well in the middle of each dish and crack in an egg.

9.      Bake for 12-15 minutes depending on how you like your eggs. I kept mine for about 20 minutes.

NB: if you do not have ramekins you can use an oven proof dish. Follow the same procedure but place the eggs on separate ends of the dish.

-You can also get ramekins at Mr. Price Home. I got mine at less than Ksh 300 each