I was first introduced to the Ghanaian spinach stew over a decade ago when my husband Michael and I first started dating. It’s traditionally made with either red meat such as beef, lamb, or tuna, mackerel, and eggs.
I remember Michael’s dad used to cook it on low for hours, letting it simmer on the stove and infuse all those flavours. His version was always my favourite.
As time went on, and we both became vegan, we needed to make some adjustments to the recipe. We weren’t prepared to say goodbye to this delicious stew that I, in particular, had learned to love over the years.
So we leaned on Michael’s sister and worked out that chickpeas worked really well in this spinach stew. We also know that not everyone has time to have it simmer on the stove for hours, and have managed to achieve a very similar result with half the amount of time!
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Each time his sister would make a batch for the family when we would visit, she would separate some for us and add the chickpeas. Such an easy dish to adjust!
With such simple, staple ingredients, you can make this recipe when you’re standing in your kitchen scratching your head wondering what to make for dinner.
It’s a budget-friendly, healthy, flavourful and hands-off recipe to make for the whole family to enjoy. And what I mean by hands-off is that you don’t need to do too much. You can walk away if you need to and it won’t be a disaster.
It uses frozen spinach so you can whip this up whenever you feel like it. We have at least a few boxes of frozen spinach in our freezer, ready to go.
With the limited fresh ingredients required for this Ghanaian spinach stew, you can plan it out as part of your weekly meal rotation very easily.
It takes no more than 40 minutes to make, and will fill you up!
You might also remember this recipe from over five years ago when we first launched TMV and included it (at the time) in our free One Week of Meals Cookbook. I cannot believe it has taken us so long to put it up on the website for all of you to enjoy!
This Ghanaian spinach stew with chickpeas can be served with:
- Brown rice (as pictured)
- White rice
- Kenkey (fermented ground white corn)
- Taro root
Such a simple, yet delicious meal. I’m so grateful to be able to continue enjoying this meal, vegan or not.
Other recipes you’ll love:
- African Vegan Peanut Soup with Rice Balls
- Vegan Black-Eyed Bean Stew
- Hearty Mung Bean Stew With Kale
- Creamy Red Lentil Curry (Vegan-Friendly)
- Hearty Vegan Minestrone Soup
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