Thursday, May 1, 2014

Cheesy Spinach Rice Pilaf

I just love side dishes.
This dish is a perfect compliment to any chicken,
I prefer it with grilled chicken.
It has a Mediterranean flair to it, which I <3.
You can also put it along side pork, beef or lamb.
Or just eat it alone like I have in she past...shhhh
I do that sometimes.
I guess there is really no rule for just 
eating a side dish for a meal right?
Ahhh who cares! 

2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 cup orzo
1 clove garlic, finely chopped or grated
1 cup light brown or white rice
1 3/4 cups low sodium chicken stock 
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
3/4 to 1 cup crumbled Feta cheese

Place a medium pot over medium-high heat add the 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the orzo to the pan and toast until golden brown, 3-4 minutes.

Add the garlic to the pan and continue cooking for about another 30 seconds. Then add the rice, broth, salt and pepper to the pan and bring up to a boil. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until all of the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.

Fluff the finished rice with a fork and fold in the spinach and sprinkle with cheese.


  1. This would be the perfect side to our grilled chicken tonight!

  2. Hi Rina! This looks great! You know, I love rice and I could totally eat just this for dinner:) I can't wait to try it!

  3. What a great dish! I bet it is delicious!

  4. This looks delish! The perfect accompaniment to my grilled salmon. Have you ever tried making it with quinoa instead of rice? Thanks for sharing on Mouthwatering Mondays.

  5. My family is looking to eat more vegetarian meals... we all love spinach so this is great. Thanks for bringing it to foodie friday. Pinned.

  6. Feta looks like a great addition! Thanks for sharing at "Share Your Stuff Tuesdays" (Rachael @ Please come back & link back next Tuesday!!!