Afghan Bread With Spinach Recipe

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Servings: 6


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  • 1 loaf Afghan bread - (14 ounce) (or possibly 12-ounce pkg pita loaves)
  • 3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 1/4 lb spinach rinsed, stemmed, and cut into thin strips
  • 1 c. canned fava beans rinsed, liquid removed
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped garlic Salt to taste Freshly-grnd black pepper to taste Zahtar to taste
  • 1 ct herb-flavored soy cream cheese -
  • 4 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds - (to 5)


  1. Preheat oven to broil.
  2. Open up and flatten Afghan bread loaf and slice into 2-oz sections; there will be one leftover section. Sprinkle with water and heat under broiler for about 30 seconds till softened. Remove from oven.
  3. Meanwhile, take rinsed spinach with water still on leaves and place in large pot. Add in 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar, and steam spinach over medium heat about 5 min, or possibly till wilted, taking care not to scorch. Remove from heat, press firmly with tongs to press out excess water and drain carefully. Chop spinach and separate into 6 equal-sized portions.
  4. Mash fava beans coarsely with extra virgin olive oil, 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, zahtar, salt and pepper. Divide into 6 equal-sized portions.
  5. Using about 2 Tbsp. per serving, spread bread slices with soy cream cheese. Then spread with mashed fava beans, covering the cream cheese well, and top with equal portions of well-liquid removed spinach - if not well-liquid removed, spinach could turn bread soggy. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve.
  6. This recipe yields 6 servings.
  7. Wine Suggestions: The slight acidity of the vinegar; the nuttiness of sesame oil, sesame seeds and zahtar; and the fresh taste of spinach match well with Isabel Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
  8. Comments: Afghan bread and the seasoning zahtar are sold at Middle Eastern markets and some well-stocked supermarkets. For the bread, you may substitute pita loavesuplan to use the two-oz size, one loaf per serving. As an alternate to zahtar, use your favorite seasoning mix, one which has plenty of flavor. Dry fruits such as dates, raisins and apricots, plus warm tea, complement this simple, light meal.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 136g
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories 182  
Calories from Fat 113 62%
Total Fat 12.59g 16%
Saturated Fat 1.8g 7%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 278mg 12%
Potassium 516mg 15%
Total Carbs 14.12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3.4g 11%
Sugars 3.77g 3%
Protein 4.7g 8%
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