Slow Cooked Delight: Turkish-style Spinach with Beef

My dad has been making Turkish-style spinach and beef for my entire life and it never disappoints. It’s a glorious mix of greens and spices and rich tomato sauce, all tied together with lovely pieces of beef to, well, beef it up.

I’ve made some modern-day adjustments to factor in the likes of my wholefood kitchen, including switching pilaff for a bed of raw kale and choosing grass fed beef over mince. That said, good quality mince would also work really well with this dish.

Here’s the meal in question, bubbling away on the stove top…

And here’s what you need to feed four people…

  • 1 kg of good quality grass fed beef blade or chuck steak, fat removed and cut into cubes
  • 4 x cooking tomatoes, peeled and chopped into cubes (or 1 large can of cooked tomatoes)
  • 2.5 teaspoons each of smoked paprika, cumin, ground coriander, oregano
  • 1 x large bunch of spinach, washed and cut. Keep the stalks as well, they work a treat in the dish.
  • 2 x carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 x brown onions, chopped finely
  • 2 x garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 x cup of water
  • 1 x lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 x bunch of kale, chopped very finely, stalks removed

And here’s what you need to do…

  1. Throw your onion and garlic into a large, heavy bottom saucepan on medium heat. Leave to sweat for about 5 minutes.
  2. Now, toss your meat cubes in and brown off.
  3. Add your spices and salt and pepper to the onions, garlic and meat and cook for a few more minutes, before adding your tomatoes and a cup of water. The liquid should just cover all the meat and onions.
  4. Bring back to the boil and turn down to low heat, cover, and cook for about 3-4 hours. The slow cooking makes the meat melt in your mouth and is so worth waiting for. Alternately, you can throw this dish in a pressure cooker to speed up the process, or in a slow cooker before you head off to work.
  5. Once your meat is soft, add the carrots and spinach and cook for another 30 minutes, leaving the lid off for the remainder of the cooking time. This just lets it reduce a little.
  6. Finally, squeeze in your lemon and serve on a bed of raw kale, brown rice or baked eggplant. Enjoy!

Tell me Happies…

What do you think of this Turkish-inspired dish?



  1. Tess Ross · October 24, 2012

    I make a similar dish to this but without the kale, must try your version … thanks!

  2. Alexandra · October 25, 2012

    sounds delicious! i can’t wait to try it, bring on grocery day!

  3. Soph · November 9, 2012

    Yaz I just made it!!
    Starting a slow cooked meal at 6pm probably isn’t the best idea, but WOW it is delish! The lemon is so perfect in it. My tummy thanks you and your Dad for the awesome recipe. Xx

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