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Spinach Stew

Looking for something warm and spicy during the winter months? Try this recipe for Spinach Stew, a common dish in Central Africa! Spinach is a rich source of vitamins A, C, and K, along with other vitamins and minerals (Popeye knew what he was doing). This recipe comes to us courtesy of Samuel Akombi, a refugee resettled in Atlanta, GA.


1 onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 tomatoes, peeled and sliced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 pounds fresh spinach, chopped (or substitute 2 small packages frozen spinach)
1 teaspoon salt
2 chili peppers (or substitute 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper)
4 tablespoons peanut butter


  1. In a heavy skillet or stew pot, combine oil and onions. Sauté on medium heat until onions are golden brown.
  2. Stir in tomatoes and green pepper. After a minute or so, add spinach, salt, and hot pepper. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Thin peanut butter with 5 tablespoons of warm water to make a smooth paste. Add to the pot.
  4. Continue cooking for another 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Add small amounts of water for desired thickness, and also to prevent the stew from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  5. Serve with rice — or fufu!

Serves four.


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Seed Programs International (SPI)

Seed Programs InternationalSeed Programs International (SPI) is a non-profit, tax exempt, non-governmental humanitarian organization.

We work thorough other humanitarian organizations, church groups, service clubs and individual donors, to provide quality seed to impoverished communities in developing countries enabling them to grow some of their own food. In addition to seed, SPI provides critical seed expertise and experience operating seed based self help programs.”

SPI is operated by individuals with over 50 years seed industry experience plus over 20 years experience in vegetable research and production. We also have 15 years experience operating programs that have successfully shipped seed to over 70 countries on five continents. SPI has shipped enough seed to plant over 1,000,000 vegetable gardens, providing more than 20 kinds of vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals often missing in people’s diets.