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Rice with Spinach

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Sauteed spinach combined with rice makes a delicious side dish I just can’t get enough of!

This is one of those side dishes I make when I need to go shopping and don’t have much left in my refrigerator. I always keep frozen spinach on hand for emergencies.

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Rice with Spinach

4 from 1 vote
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 generous cup


  • 1 cup whole grain brown rice
  • 1 chicken or vegetable bullion, cube
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 10 oz frozen spinach, thawed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • salt
  • fresh grated cheese, optional


  • In a small heavy pot, melt the butter. Add rice and saute about 1 minute.
  • Add the water and boullion cube and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Cover and cook 45 minutes, until all water is absorbed.
  • Meanwhile, in a saute pan, heat olive oil. Add garlic and saute until golden.
  • Add spinach and a pinch of salt, mixing well for about 4 minutes.
  • Toss rice with spinach and top with good grating cheese like Pecorino Romano.

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Makes 4-1/2 cups.


Serving: 1 generous cup, Calories: 172.6 kcal, Carbohydrates: 32.3 g, Protein: 4.1 g, Fat: 2.9 g, Fiber: 1.8 g