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Spinach Rice

spinach riceA simple and easy way to serve rice and get your vitamins too! We’re all familiar with the cartoon character, Popeye the sailor man, who was always eating spinach to make him strong.  While you would have to eat vast amounts of spinach for the daily recommended amount of iron (only 3.5 milligrams of iron in a 100g serving of spinach), spinach does help to protect against osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer, arthritis and is also important for maintaining bone health.  It is a staple in Greek cooking and with the arrival of early traders, rice was quickly incorporated into local Greek cuisine. Spinach rice is a family favorite of ours and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Serves 4
1/4 cup olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup long grain rice (I use Basmati)
1 medium tomato, coarsely chopped
1 bay leaf
2 or 3 handfuls fresh baby spinach
1 cup beef consommé or beef stock
1 cup water

spinach rice ingredientsIn a large pot heat olive oil and sauté onion, garlic and rice until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add tomato, bay leaf and spinach. Stir until all ingredients are well mixed and spinach has started to wilt. Add stock, reduce heat and cover. Cook 15-20 minutes until all liquid is absorbed and rice is cooked.  Serve immediately.

The Culinary Chase’s Note: The last 5 minutes of cooking I turn the heat off and let the rice sit. The rice will still continue to cook but should not dry out. For added flavor, once rice has cooked, crumble feta cheese over the rice and gently stir.   Enjoy!

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A simple and easy way to serve rice and get your vitamins too!
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Recipe type: side dish
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup long grain rice (I use Basmati)
  • 1 medium tomato, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 or 3 handfuls fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup beef consommé or beef stock
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. In a large pot heat olive oil and sauté onion, garlic and rice until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add tomato, bay leaf and spinach. Stir until all ingredients are well mixed and spinach has started to wilt. Add stock, reduce heat and cover. Cook 15-20 minutes until all liquid is absorbed and rice is cooked. Serve immediately.
Notes
The Culinary Chase’s Note: The last 5 minutes of cooking I turn the heat off and let the rice sit. The rice will still continue to cook but should not dry out. For added flavor, once the rice has cooked, crumble feta cheese over the rice and gently stir. Enjoy!

 

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