Healthy Living Platform Ghanaian Spinach Stew


Prep time: 
10 minutes
Cooking time: 
20 minutes


Diane is a Healthy Living Platform food ambassador, and she is from Ghana. As a child this was her favourite dish. Here’s the story of how she learnt to make it: “I actually learnt it from my granmum who I called 'MaMa.' When I went to her for holidays as a very fussy toddler, I wouldn’t eat anything she made. One day she took me to her farm and I picked the spinach and we sang and danced like the leaves. We came home and she prepared the spinach and served it with green boiled plantains. I ate so much, according to her, that I threw up! And the rest is history.”


200g fresh spinach, chopped (or 8 cubes of frozen spinach)

1 vegetable stock cube

3 fresh tomatoes or 1 tin of tomatoes

1 small onion

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon dry ginger

1 tablespoon sunflower oil


  1. Blend the tomatoes and onion together.
  2. Heat a large frying pan and add 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil.
  3. Add the blended tomatoes and onion, stir and leave to simmer for five minutes.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1 teaspoon of ginger and stir. Add the vegetable stock, stir and leave to simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. If it starts to stick at the bottom, add a little water.
  6. Add the chopped or frozen spinach and leave for five minutes.
  7. Taste and check that the spinach is cooked through.
  8. Serve over rice or boiled sweet plantains.


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