Parmesan Rice with Spinach

Mixing spinach into rice is a great way to incorporate a healthy vegetable into a side dish without compromising flavor or texture. The leafy veggie will soak up any ingredient you add to it, so I’ve used a garlic-infused olive oil as the main flavor of this simple side dish. Toss in some brown rice and salty Parmesan cheese and you’ve got a unique twist on classic cheesy rice. You can also experiment by adding toasted pine nuts to give an added crunch to each bite.


Parmesan Rice with Spinach

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 1 hour


1 cup brown rice
2¼ cups water
1 (10-oz.) package frozen spinach
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/8 teaspoon salt


Begin by combining the brown rice and the water in a saucepan and bringing the mixture to a boil.

Cover the saucepan with a lid, reduce the heat and let simmer for 45 minutes, or until fully cooked.

Transfer the cooked rice to a serving bowl. Set aside.

Defrost the spinach by placing it in a bowl and microwaving for 6-7 minutes until thawed.

Strain the frozen spinach in a sieve to remove all liquid (you can also just ring it out in your hands, but make sure to remove as much liquid as possible.)

Add two Tablespoons of olive oil to a pan set over low heat. Add the garlic and saute in the oil for 5 minutes until garlic is golden brown.

Add the drained spinach to the garlic-infused olive oil and saute for an additional 5 minutes.

Transfer the spinach mixture to the bowl with the cooked rice, folding the ingredients into each other.

While the mixture is still hot, add Parmesan cheese and salt.

Fluff with a fork and serve.

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