Yam with Stewed Spinach

If you have read my previous post on the Food Profile for Yams, you would by now know that yams and sweet potatoes are not the same! I needed to clarify this fact because it's quite common for people to confuse them.

Funke Koleosho's Yam with Stewed Spinach

I love yams first for their nutritional value, they are rich in complex carbohydrates which release energy slowly. I also love them for their versatility. You can boil, fry, mash, roast or stew them and of course pound them. I always find it quite exciting to use them in new ways to create appealing dishes.

Today's recipe is an old favourite presented differently. Its simple to make, delicious to eat and healthy too. This dish would also be great for vegetarians if cooked without fish or meat. Try it.

What you need
  • Half a tuber of puna yam
  • 2-3 bunches of broad leaf spinach
  • 300g skinless cod/haddock (any other white fish can be used)
  • 1 jar of Molli's Jollof cooking sauce (you can make some sauce using tomatoes, peppers, onions and scotch bonnet chilli. (See the recipe in one of my previous posts here.)
  • Salt

What to do
  1. To boil the yam, peel it and wash thoroughly to remove traces of soil/sand. Slice the yam
    Yam & Stewed Spinach
    about half an inch thick, then cut each slice in to quarters. This will allow easy layering.
  2. Pick the spinach leaves from the stems, and wash thoroughly to remove traces of sand. Blanch in hot salted water for no more than 2 minutes. Cool straight away by running cold water over the blanched spinach. As an alternative, you can steam the spinach or heat in the microwave for about 2 minutes, high power. Squeeze excess water out of the spinach and slice thinly. Then set aside. 
  3. Cut the fish into small bite-size chunks and wash if required.
  4. In a sauce pan, empty the content of 1 jar of Molli's Jollof Cooking sauce or about 6 serving spoons of pre-made Nigerian style red pepper sauce. 
  5. Allow to sizzle and heat up and then add the fish chunks. Allow the fish to cook through then add the spinach. Stir well to ensure even distribution of sauce with the spinach. Add salt if needed. 
  6. Lower the heat and sallow to simmer for about 5 minutes.
  7. Simultaneously cook the yam pieces in some salted water. They should be cooked in about 5 minutes, Drain the excess water and serve with the stewed spinach.
Enjoy it

Yam with Stewed Spinach

Find out about the nutritional profile for Spinach here.


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