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Recipe: Dad’s Greek Spinach & Rice

Whenever I go home, I ask my dad to make some of his famous spinach and rice recipe, inspired by many trips to (and many meals eaten in) Greece. It’s healthy and it’s delicious. Over the holidays, he showed me how it’s done so I could make it here in London and share it with you.

Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist - Spinach and Rice Recipe

Ingredients:Ā 

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 kilo spinach
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 cup fresh dill or 1 tbsp dry dill
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 cup water
  • Parsley to garnish
  • Lemon wedges to serve

*The olive oil and oregano we used came from my dad’s friends Jehny and George at The Spartan Table. Highly recommended!

Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist - Spinach and Rice Recipe

Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist - Spinach and Rice Recipe

Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist - Spinach and Rice Recipe

Wash your spinach, measure your herbs and chop up your onion and garlic, then set the heat on the stove to medium. You’ll want a large frying pan for this.

Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist - Spinach and Rice Recipe

Start by heating your oil in the pan. Once it’s hot, saute the garlic.

Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist - Spinach and Rice Recipe

Add the onions and cook until soft.

Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist - Spinach and Rice Recipe

Next, add the dill. Mix it in and cook for another minute or so.

Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist - Spinach and Rice Recipe

Then start adding the spinach. You’ll probably have to add it in stages. Wait until it cooks down, then add some more.

Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist - Spinach and Rice Recipe

Keep going…eventually it will all fit!

Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist - Spinach and Rice Recipe

Add some salt and pepper to the top and then pour in the basmati rice.

Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist - Spinach and Rice Recipe

Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist - Spinach and Rice Recipe

Mix it all together.

Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist - Spinach and Rice Recipe

Pour in your water.

Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist - Spinach and Rice Recipe

Cook on low until the rice is soft. Then garnish with parsley and add a slice of lemon to serve. Great as a side and excellent the next day for lunch too!

Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist - Spinach and Rice Recipe

Enjoy!

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Diana Mieczan
    January 28, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    The technique is so nifty…We will totally try it since Balazs and I love spinach! Looks scrumptious. xoxo

    • Reply
      littleobservationist
      January 29, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      I love spinach too. I eat way too much of it! I actually made this last night and I’m having some leftovers for lunch in a few minutes. šŸ™‚ Let me know if you try it!

  • Reply
    Deborah
    March 25, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    I made this last night, adding a little lemon juice and using homemade broth instead of water. Then I stirred in a little shredded aged cheddar right before serving. So delicious!

    • Reply
      littleobservationist
      March 25, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Mmm, sounds delicious! I’ll have to try that next time I make this. Thanks for sharing and glad you enjoyed it!

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