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Spinach And Bean Pie - Tajine

Serves about 8

Heat oil in a frying pan, then sauté meat over medium heat until it begins to brown. Add onions, garlic and hot pepper, then stir-fry for 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, beans, salt, oregano, pepper, cumin and water then bring to boil. Cover, then cook over low heat for 30 minutes or until meat is well cooked, adding a little more water if necessary.

In the meantime, melt butter in another frying pan, then stir-fry spinach until it wilts. Stir in the two frying pan contents and the remaining ingredients into a casserole, then place in a 350° F preheated oven. Cover then bake for 30 minutes.

Note: Excellent for snacks, as a side dish or even as an entree.

HABEEB SALLOUM, author of our "Recipe of the Day" series, is a Canadian freelance writer and author specializing in food, history and travel. Besides 6 books and 18 chapters in various publications, he has written hundreds of articles about culture, food, travel, history and homesteading in western Canada. His writing has appeared in such publications as the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the Western Producer, Vegetarian Journal and Saveur.