greek spinach and rice (spanakorizo)

greek spinach and rice (spanakorizo)
9th January 2017 Katie

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Another traditional dish from Greece, that can be served on it’s own or as a side dish.  Also tastes delicious with some chickpeas thrown in at the end for a vegan option.  If you are serving as a side dish, this goes really well with grilled chicken, pan-fried fish, feta (if no fish or diary allergies) or the Greek lamb koftas recipe.

There are two variations – with or without tomato.  I have given you the ‘with-tomato’ option, but it will taste just as lovely if you choose to leave them out.  I add them in because I operate on the basis that, the more vegetables I can feed my family, the better!


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  1. Prepare the washed leek by removing the tough 1-2 outer layers and chopping off the root at the end and the tough green tops. Slice in half lengthways, and then again, so you end up with 2 long strips. Slice these strips across so you end up with lots of little squares.
  2. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pan. Add the leek and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring every so often until it is soft, but not brown. Meanwhile, boil the kettle - you'll need a large mugful of hot water.
  3. Add the rice, tinned tomatoes, tomato purree and salt and give everything a good stir. Cover and cook for about 20-25 minutes - give it a stir every 5 minutes or so and check it isn't dry - depending on your rice and pan you may need to add in more water.
  4. When the rice is cooked and tender, stir in the spinach and dill. Serve with a chunk of lemon on the side to squeeze over at the table.

Nutrition Facts
spinach and rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262
Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 1g
5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Sodium 417mg
17%
Potassium 552mg
16%
Total Carbohydrates 49g
16%
Dietary Fiber 3g
12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 6g
12%
Vitamin A
126%
Vitamin C
54%
Calcium
11%
Iron
26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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