Spanakorizo - Greek Spinach and Rice, a lovely and simple side dish.
I have gotten better at making the main dish for our dinner - it is the sides that I just don't quite get done often enough. Usually I just cut up some cucumbers and wash off the grapes and call it a meal. But now that it is getting colder out my family wants more "real" sides and so I am going to have to start planning them also. I love side dishes and often that is all I eat at holidays and carry-ins. I just don't particularly like to cook them.
My goal for this month is to cook more side dishes that GO with our meals. If you struggle with the sides, why don't you join me? Side dishes are a great way to get creative. You don't have quite as much invested in them as you do your main course
That is why I decided to make the Greek Spinach and Rice. I found the recipe in an old cookbook I own - Lean and Luscious and Meatless. The recipe makes a nice side dish, or a simple lunch. I changed it some because, well isn't that what you are supposed to do?
Greek Spinach and Rice2 tsp olive oil (I used a 2 TBS - I am not afraid of good fat)
1 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 - 10oz package of frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and drained (I used 6 frozen spinach cubes)
2 TBS grated Parmesan cheese (I used about 4)
2 cups cooked brown rice (all I had was white rice but next time I will use brown.)
1TBS lemon juice (I added this because all the recipes for this I have seen online have a little lemon in it)
Salt and pepper
Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until tender (5 min or so). Add remaining ingredients and heat through, stirring. Serve hot.
This was really good. My picky eaters even liked it. If I was going to serve this to adults I think I would add some mushrooms.
This is my link up for the Hearth and Soul Hop - be sure to join us!!
Linked to My Sweet And Savory's :My Meatless Monday
Brenda's Canadian Kitchen's Cookbook Sunday
Midnight Maniac's Meatless Monday