Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Spinach Rice Bake

Each week I struggle to find ways that I can incorporate vegetables into dinner dishes. If a vegetable is served alone on the side of a main dish, my three year old will not even attempt to eat it, unless it is broccoli.

My six year old loves his vegetables and even begs for them, except for broccoli. How can two kids from the same gene pool be so different? Only God knows the answer and he is not sharing it with this household.

I love to find dishes where I can hide green leafy vegetables and/or orange vegetables. I stumbled onto a recipe for Spinach Rice that sounded like it would go well with our Lemon Chicken last night. I did change the recipe a little so here is my version.

Spinach Rice Bake


1 Cup cooked white or brown long grain rice
1 Can healthy request condensed cream of chicken soup
1/4 Cup skim milk
1/2 Tsp salt
1/4 Black pepper
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 Cup chopped onion
1 Large carrot shredded
1 Tsp garlic - minced
1/2 Cup - 1 Cup fresh baby spinach, chopped
1/2 Cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a medium baking dish.

In a bowl, mix the soup, milk, salt, and pepper.

Melt the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and carrot to the skillet and cook until the onion is translucent. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds more. Add cooked rice and spinach.

Pour the soup mixture into the skillet, and continue cooking until heated through.

Add cheese and stir well.

Transfer to the prepared baking dish.

Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven until lightly browned.

This recipe makes a great healthy holiday side dish. Guaranteed to make the kids come back for seconds.

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Marna said...

I'm going to try this one - it looks good!

What's For Dinner said...

Marna, I made this spinach rice bake for Christmas with the extended family and they loved it, nothing was left! Let me know what you think once you try it.