Recipe: Spanakorizo

by Carrinicole

Most Greek dishes are “low and slow”: simmered on low heat, requiring time to develop the flavors. Spanakorizo is rare because there is minimal ingredient prep, and it only takes 30 minutes to cook! Therefore, it is a staple weeknight dish for me. There are few ingredients, and the spinach packs nutrients and fiber, making the dish filling to eat on its own.

I typically only like spinach fresh – this is the only cooked spinach dish that I come back to over and over. In fact, Chadwick will ban it from the meal rotation every once in a while, because I make it too often!

Spanakorizo

Most Greek dishes are “low and slow”: simmered on low heat, requiring time to develop the flavors. Spanakorizo is rare… Healthy Recipes Spinach, Healthy, Vegetarian Greek Print This
Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ cup olive oil*
  • 1 8-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water*
  • ½ cup white rice
  • ¼ teaspoon parsley flakes
  • ½ teaspoon fresh mint*
  • ½-1 teaspoon salt (depends on your taste)
  • Freshly ground pepper (generous, to taste)
  • 20 oz fresh spinach*
  • Crumbled feta cheese (optional, for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Sauté onions in olive oil for 5 minutes, in a large pot until onions are translucent.
  2. Add tomato sauce and water. Bring mixture to a boil.
  3. Add rice, parsley flakes, mint, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined.
  4. Add fresh spinach on top of mixture.
  5. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. I use a medium burner and put the heat on low.
  6. After 30 minutes, lightly push spinach aside to check how cooked the rice is. If rice isn’t fully cooked, add 5 minutes.
  7. Once rice is cooked, stir in spinach to fully integrate with rice mixture.
  8. Serve hot, and add crumbled feta to the dish once plated.

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