Greek Spinach Rice
This hearty vegetarian dish is the perfect winter warmer. Traditionally called Spanakorizo, this dish is packed with antioxidants and fibre making it not only tasty but heart and immune friendly too.
You want to make sure you use the correct rice for best results, short grain rice can leave the dish a little sticker than you might like.
Greek Spinach Rice
Greek Spinach Rice is the comfort food of your dreams. It gives you all the cozy, feel-good vibes but is also loaded with nutrients from spinach, plus flavor from dried herbs and a splash of lemon juice.
1 cup medium-grain rice
4 tbsp Olivebox extra virgin olive oil
1 pound baby spinach
1 lemon, juiced
Kosher salt and black pepper
2 cloves garlic minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 ½ teaspoon dried mint flakes
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
Feta for garnish
Rinse the rice well a few times until the water runs clear. Put the rice in a bowl and add water to cover it by 1 inch. Let is sit to soak for 20 minutes or until you are easily able to break one grain of rice between your fingers.
Heat ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil in a braising pan. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly, until soft and golden brown. Add the spinach, lemon juice, garlic, tomato paste, and a big pinch of kosher salt and black pepper. Sautee the spinach until just wilted. Stir in the mint and dill weed.
Drain the rice well and add it to the pan. Add 1 ½ cups of warm water. Bring to a boil for 3 minutes until the water reduces a bit. Turn the heat to low and cover.
Let the rice cook undisturbed for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender and fully cooked through and all the liquid has been absorbed.
Once cooked, let the rice sit covered for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
When ready, fluff the rice with a fork and garnish for feta and parsley, if you like.