Quick and Tasty Recipe. This recipe is vegetarian but you can also make it with different meats and fish. This recipe has a special ingredient called Locust Beans – which is common in most Nigerian stews and soups. Locust Beans whose botanical name is Parkia Biglobosa is referred to as “Iru” by the Yorubas in Nigeria, West Africa – This could be optional ingredient if you can find it. This can be found in most African food market. Local research shows that locust beans is rich in a substance called tannins which promotes good eye sight, help controls blood sugar levels, and reduces hypertension. Locust beans by itself might not have the most pleasant smell or look but it makes your food taste so darn goooooood.
Total Prep and Cooking Time: 25 Mins
What you need:
- 1/4 Cup of Vegetable Oil
- 2 Scotch Bonnet Peppers – Chopped
- 1/2 Medium Sized Onion – Sliced/Chopped
- 12 Oz of Crushed Tomatoes – Organic Canned Tomatoes
- 1/3 Cup of Dried Locust Beans (Iru) – Optional
- 1 Tsp of Thyme
- 1/2 Tsp of Goya Adobo
- 2 Maggi Seasoning Cubes – Crushed
- 16 Oz of Chopped Spinach – Frozen or Fresh
- 4 Oz of Chopped Kale – Frozen or Fresh
- In a saucepan, pour 1/4 Cup of Vegetable Oil – Turn heat up to medium heat, and let the oil get hot, then add chopped scotch bonnet peppers and onions.
- Add crushed tomatoes to onions and peppers mix, then add locust beans, thyme, adobo, and crushed seasoning cubes. Stir in mix all together (if you were adding any meats or fish, this is the time to add it) and let simmer for 10 mins.
- If you don’t have frozen spinach or kale, it may take you a little longer to prep, because you have steam and chop the vegetables. To skip these steps, I buy organic frozen vegetables. So while the pepper sauce/mix is simmering, I rinse frozen spinach and kale in hot water, drain out excess water and add spinach and kale to the mix, stir thoroughly till vegetables are completely immersed in sauce. Cook for no more than 5 mins under low heat.
- Preeti Sautéed Spinach and Kale is ready to be served and eaten with your choice of starch and/or proteins or just simply by itself.