The Greek Vegan: Spanakorizo


Need something to warm you up this winter? Spanakorizo is just the thing!

Kiki Vagianos is The Greek Vegan! Kiki lives and cooks in Boston (where she’s currently buried under feet and feet of snow!). She spends her free time collecting, testing and posting favorite traditional Greek lenten recipes at The Greek Vegan website. She loves sharing these simple and delicious authentic dishes and helping to bring them back into kitchens throughout the Greek diaspora. Kali Orexi!

Spanakorizo (Σπανακόριζο) is served as both a main and side dish and this classic, traditional meal can be on your table in less than 40 minutes.

Pair it with a wedge of lemon and a piece of crusty bread, this dish is delicious right off the stove or served a day or two later. Simple, hearty and delicious – spanakorizo is a winner any time of year!

1 pound fresh spinach rinses and chopped OR 1 cup of frozen spinach thawed and drained
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped garlic
1/4 cup fresh chopped dill OR fresh chopped mint OR combination of both
1 tbsp dried Greek oregano
1 cup white rice (medium grain)
3 cups water
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
optional : 1/4 cup tomato paste dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water

Cooking Instructions
Sauté onions and garlic gently in olive oil over low heat. Add salt, pepper, oregano and dill or mint. Stir to combine well.

If adding tomato – mix tomato paste in 1/2 cup of warm water. Add to pot. Mix ingredients well.

Add rice and cook for 5 minutes stirring often. If rice starts to stick to the bottom of the pan, lower the heat just slightly.

Add spinach and 3 cups water to pot, mix well to combine and bring to a low boil.

Once you’ve reached a low boil, lower to a very gentle simmer and cover. Cook for 25-30 minutes. Check the rice for doneness at 25 minutes. It may need an additional 5 minutes or so for longer grains.

When rice is completely cooked, mix ingredients well, cover and set aside for at least 15 minutes before serving.

This recipe serves 4/6 – a family of 2 adults, 2 children with leftovers OR 4 adults.


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