Spinach Feta Rice



  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 6 cups spinach leaves, shredded
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped pimiento olives (optional)


  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, bring rice, broth, and water to a boil. Stir, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.
  2. In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, cook onion, mushrooms, and garlic over medium heat until onion is tender. Stir in lemon juice and oregano. Add to rice.
  3. Add spinach, cheese, and pepper to rice; toss lightly until spinach is wilted. Garnish with chopped pimiento, if desired.


6 servings


The Color Code, 2002 by James Joseph

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