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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.

Rice with Spinach

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


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34 comments on “Rice with Spinach”

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    Lauren Campbell

    I’m sorry, but the freestyle points on this recipe are incorrect. There are actually 5 points in 1/5 of the recipe. I did it as a recipe and used the nutritional info listed to calculate.

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      Carol A Hovis

      Using the nutritional info does not take into consideration 0 point food. If you want to recalculate, you should do so by ingredient.

  2. This was a delicious, healthy side to add to our dinner tonight–we loved it! Easy and quick to make, and a good compliment to practically any entree. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Do you think this would be ok if I made it ahead, put in refrigerator and then warmed it in the oven before serving? Do you think it would make the rice mushy?

  4. I've been making this for a few years now, but never commented….One of my favorites from your site!!! I just made it for lunch with some homemade crumbled sausage on top, so delicious!! I think I love it more every time I make it πŸ™‚ Sometimes I double the spinach just because I love it so much. Thanks Gina!

  5. So delicious! I did the rice fully in the microwave, including melting the butter and sauteing the rice while using your proportions with chicken broth instead of the cube. My family was crazy about this dish, along with your recipe for crispy toasted sesame seed chicken breasts.

  6. Gina, this is a healthier version of the spinach rice my Greek mother makes. It's great; I topped it with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of feta. The next day I had it cold with some halved grape tomatos and chopped cucumber. Delicious! Love your recipes.

  7. I guess it does, Gina. btw, it was delicious! definitely a keeper!

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    No. You shouldn't cover it until the water is almost evaporated (just skimming the surface). Does that make sense?

  9. "When all liquid evaporates, reduce flame to low and cover. Cook about 15 minutes. "

    This doesn't make sense to me. Shouldn't it say to cover until liquid is absorbed?

    Love your recipes and recommend your sita at nearly every ww meeting! gail

  10. Can you tell me the points plus for this, pretty please? This is going to be my side dish for Thursday.

  11. Holy cow was this good!!!!! Both of my daughters normally say "ew" to anything green, but they LOVED this! It was so delicious!!!

  12. We love this rice and we have it at least once a week. I have used kale or collards in place of the spinach. I just use any greens that I happen to have. Love it, thanks!

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    The Odom Family

    Just made this tonight with steak and steamed veggies. Very easy and delicious. What a great way to get my kids to eat spinach. Thanks!! Can't wait to try more of your recipes!

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    The Odom Family

    Just had this for dinner with some steak and steamed veggies. It was so easy to make and tasted great! I'm excited to have found another way to get spinach in my kid's diet. Thanks!!

  15. Wow this website is a massive help! ive just started to follow the WW diet and this has inspired me to cook!