Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins
"Jazz up plain old rice with the flavors of Greece. This main-dish casserole gets powerful antioxidents from the spinach and plenty of fiber from the brown rice." - From the Prevention Magazine book, "Natural Healing Guide 2002"
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup brown rice
- 2 cups water or 2 cups broth
- 1 (10 ounce) box frozen spinach, thawed and drained
- 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
- 8 kalamata olives, pitted and finely chopped
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten (or 1 cup egg substitute)
- In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat.
- Add the onion and sautee for about 5 minutes or until just golden.
- Stir in the rice and water.
- Bring to a boil.
- Cover and reduce the heat to a simmer.
- Simmer, covered for about 45 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed.
- Remove from the heat.
- Preheat oven to 350°F Oil a 8x8 baking dish (ceramic or glass would probably be best).
- Stir in the spinach, feta and olives into the rice.
- Stir in the eggs.
- Pour into the prepared baking dish.
- Bake, uncovered for 25-30 minutes, or until a knife incerted into the center comes out clean.
- Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
For those with a wheat allergy, this is a solution, but only a partial. The taste, if cooked as directed, is hollow. It has none of the flair of spano and other greek dishes. Adding nutmeg, some lemon may help, that is if you want something other than a thin taste.Experiment, then post your results fo rthe rest of us.
I liked the sound of this dish - I love brown rice, feta, spinach and olives, but for me it was too bland and a bit 'eggy' tasting. As suggested in other reviews, it needs garlic and maybe some herbs/spices and if I were to make it again I would put more feta and olives too.
This was a delicious and easy to prepare recipe. I substituted fresh spinach for frozen and low fat feta for regular feta cheese. Very tasty and filling without being heavy. I can't wait to make it again.