Hello..I have had this recipe posted on my message board for some time now, it is from the book Feed Your Face Diet that I had discussed about earlier. The author Dr. Wu explains how tomatoes are great for protecting your skin from freckles, sun spots and premature wrinkling because of the powerful antioxidant lycopene. She also suggest eating a tablespoon of tomato paste with each meal when you are on a sunny vacation for extra protection for sun rays ( still need to apply sun screen as well). So I made this recipe for dinner tonight and it is amazing!! What I liked best about it was the broth, it was too acidy as I find some tomato based recipes to be.
The recipe is from actress Marina Sirtis, its a family Greek dish. Hence the term Kokkinisto meaning “reddening” as you must brown meat ( lamb or beef) before adding it to a tomato paste sauce. I do admit that I would change some things up. I will give you the original recipe then suggest some changes I plan to make next time.
1 1/2 – 2lbs leg or lamb or lamb shank ( I used to sirloin)
1 yellow onion, chopped
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup dry red wine
1 can stewed tomatoes ( I used two, but only liquid of one)
1 tablespoon tomato paste ( I would use two)
2 bay leaves
1 cup water ( oopps I forgot this, but didnt miss it)
salt and pepper to taste
2 or 3 russet potatoes, peeled and chopped ( would prolly just use one larger one next time)
1/2 cup peas ( I would use one cup)
2 cups of spinach ( I would use 3 cups)
Cut meat into individual pieces
In a large pot saute the onion ( I also added one glove of garlic) in the olive oil until tender
Add the meat and brown on both sides
Add wine and stir, add the tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaves, salt and pepper
Cover and simmer until the meat begins to soften, 30-40 minutes ( if sauce begins to thicken you can add water, I never had too)
Then add remaining veggies and simmer until the meat is tender and the sauce is reduced and thickened.
These pictures don’t give it total justice! It was really yummy!
I think that I would possible cook the potatoes separate, because they took forever! Causing the other veggies to wilt ( spinach). I would also perhaps just do one because they are a big higher in the glycemic index and I am trying to consume foods that are lower.
I hope everyone had a great weekend, I did update this post with some pictures. Most of the pictures we took out were blurry from the fog machine, lol. Oh well.