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Lebanese Spinach Stew

Spinach Stew
  • Prep Time
    10 mins.
  • Cook Time
    45 mins,
  • Serving
    6
  • Ready In
    1 hr
This Lebanese Spinach Stew is a wholesome, family-friendly meal. This simple spinach stew is lemony, topped with toasted pine nuts and served with white rice with vermicelli noodles.
Spinach Stew

Today I have for you guys another Middle-eastern yakhne (or yekhni), which are Middle-eastern stews that are typically served with white rice with vermicelli noodles. This Lebanese Spinach Stew, also known as yekhni sabenekh or sabenekh w roz translates from Arabic to spinach and rice. This dish is so hearty and filling, loaded with nutrient-rich spinach.

What I love about this dish is how easy it is to make. Unlike other Middle-eastern stews (like Fasolia wa Roz, Okra stew) which typically use beef stew meat or chicken that requires some time to cook until tender, this stew uses ground beef which cooks in just 10 minutes. This entire dish comes together in less than an hour.

How to make Lebanese Spinach Stew

Begin by sauteing ground beef until browned. I then add a little bit of avocado oil, and season with seven spices, salt and black pepper. Like all the Lebanese stews, this spinach stew uses fresh cilantro and crushed fresh garlic. After cooking the ground beef, I add the crushed garlic and chopped cilantro and saute them all together for a few minutes.

Here I add the frozen spinach. You do not need to defrost the spinach as you want the water in it. You can definitely use fresh spinach if you prefer, however, keep in mind that spinach wilts so, you would need about two pounds of fresh spinach!

Spinach Stew

You want to add water or chicken broth (I used a chicken boulion cube with water) depending on how much water is retained in your frozen spinach. The stew is meant to be thick, not watery. I ended up using 3 cups of water, but add more if you need.

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Lastly, the stew is finished with some fresh lemon juice and toasted pine nuts. You can add the toasted pine nuts directly into the stew or, if not everyone likes nuts, you can serve them on the side to add to individual plates. This spinach stew is served with the classic Middle-eastern white rice with vermicelli noodles. You can also serve it with qunoia, brown rice or for a lower carb option, try cauliflower rice.

STEP 1

In a large deep pot, sauté the ground beef until browned, about 5 to 7 minutes. If the meat you are using is frozen, use a Meat Masher and Tenderizer.

Once browned, add 3 tablespoons of the avocado oil, 2 teaspoon seven spices, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and one teaspoon of salt and sauté for an additional five minutes.

STEP 2

Crush the garlic using a mortar and pestle.

Finely chop the washed cilantro.

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STEP 3

Add the crushed garlic to the beef and sauté for 1 minute before adding the chopped cilantro. Sauté for a few more minutes.

STEP 4

Add the frozen spinach with the beef and cook over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes.

Spinach Stew

STEP 5

Add the bouillon cube and water (or chicken broth) and bring to a boil. Add the remaining teaspoon of salt and lower the heat to a medium-low, cover and cook for 25 minutes until stew comes together.

Spinach Stew

STEP 6

In a skillet, heat up the remaining tablespoon of avocado oil. Add the pine nuts and cook until golden brown.

Add the pine nuts to the stew or, serve on the side to add to individual plates.

STEP 7

Prepare the rice with vermicelli.

Spinach Stew

Add the lemon juice to the Lebanese spinach stew, mix well and serve with the rice with vermicelli. 

Spinach Stew
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Spinach Stew
Spinach Stew

Lebanese Spinach Stew

This Lebanese Spinach Stew is a wholesome, family-friendly meal. This simple spinach stew is lemony, topped with toasted pine nuts and served with white rice with vermicelli noodles.
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Lebanese
Keyword: Ground Beef, sabenekh, Spinach Stew, yakhne
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 362kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 24 oz Frozen Spinach
  • 1 bunch Cilantro
  • 10 cloves Garlic
  • ¼ cup Pine Nuts
  • 1 Lemon (Jucied)
  • ¼ cup Avocado Oil
  • 2 tsp. Seven Spices
  • ½ tsp. Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Bouillon cube (Optional)
  • 3 cups Water (As Needed)

Instructions

  • In a large deep pot, sauté the ground beef until browned, about 5 to 7 minutes.
    Once browned, add 3 tablespoons of the avocado oil, 2 teaspoon seven spices, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and one teaspoon of salt and sauté for an additional five minutes.
    1 lb Ground Beef, ¼ cup Avocado Oil, 2 tsp. Seven Spices, ½ tsp. Black Pepper
  • Crush the garlic using a mortar and pestle.
    Finely chop the washed cilantro.
    1 bunch Cilantro, 10 cloves Garlic
  • Add the crushed garlic to the beef and sauté for 1 minute before adding the chopped cilantro. Sauté for a few more minutes.
    10 cloves Garlic
  • Add the frozen spinach with the beef and cook over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes.
    24 oz Frozen Spinach
  • Add the bouillon cube and water (or chicken broth) and bring to a boil. Add the remaining teaspoon of salt and lower the heat to a medium-low, cover and cook for 25 minutes until stew comes together.
    1 Bouillon cube, 3 cups Water
  • In a skillet, heat up the remaining tablespoon of avocado oil. Add the pine nuts and cook until golden brown.
    Add the pine nuts to the stew or, serve on the side to add to individual plates.
    ¼ cup Pine Nuts
  • Prepare the rice with vermicelli.
    Add the lemon juice to the Lebanese spinach stew, mix well and serve with the rice with vermicelli. Top with the toasted pine nuts.
    ¼ cup Pine Nuts

Nutrition

Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 939mg | Potassium: 706mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 13402IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 4mg

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      Dana

      5 stars
      Everyone in my family absolutely loved it.

      • Iman

        Iman

        That is amazing, thank you for your comment!!

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      Rania Darwich

      5 stars
      Easy and delicious

      • Iman

        Iman

        Thank you!

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      Rita

      5 stars
      First, I’m a first generation born Lebanese girl and grew up with my mom making this recipe. I couldn’t find her recipe , so I searched the eeb and came across yours. The picture drew me to it because it looked like my mom’s meal.

      I followed yours exactly (except I used 2 lbs ground beef and 2 12 oz packages of frozen spinach). The meal was amazing! My kids(9, 6, & 6) and husband devoured it! I only had enough leftovers for lunch today which was perfect.
      Don’t forget to add the lemon juice at the end-it’s what brings together the whole meal! Yum yum yum! Thanks or sharing your recipe!

      • Iman

        Iman

        Yes, the lemon juice makes it! Thank you so much for your sweet comment, I am so glad to measure up to your moms recipe!

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      Thena Franssen

      Wow, I love the look of this stew! With the weather getting colder, I’m going to try this!

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      Jasmine Martin

      Ooooo I have never heard of Lebanese spinach stew. It sounds like it’d be absolutely delicious though. I’ll have to try this.

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      rachel

      I LOOOOVE pine nuts. This sounds delicious.

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      Rosey

      Honestly, I don’t think I have ever had spinach and rice in the same dish. It sounds good though.

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      Renata Feyen

      that looks great. Never tried Lebanese food, but it sounds good

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      sambo

      Very nice and easy to follow recipe. Thank you for sharing.

      • Iman

        Iman

        Thank you!

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      Sally

      I have not heard of this dish before, but is sounds very good. I’m going to have to try making it.

      • Iman

        Iman

        It is delish and so easy!

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      Lyosha

      5 stars
      looks so very delicious! I am adding it to my list of recipes to try. I love spinach and rice so this hits right up my alley.

      • Iman

        Iman

        You are going to love it!

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      Krysten Quiles

      5 stars
      This looks delish, and spinach is so good for you!

    5 from 9 votes (4 ratings without comment)

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