Indulge Yourself With This Healthy Greek Spinach Rice Balls
A very easy Greek dish that you will certainly get addicted to.
I am not really a big fan of eating rice. But there are times when the dish is so good that they only taste good when they are eaten with rice. This recipe is one example of such dish.
But the thing about this dish is that rice is one of the main ingredients and my favorite spinach. I love making them as I find them super fun. I feel like doing an art project whenever I make them. And my kids are particularly fond of helping me make these rice balls as well.
The best part is that my kids love eating them as much as I do. So, this is another victory on my part for making my kids eat something healthy (specifically, something vegan). As always, you can adjust the recipe depending on your liking. So go crazy with it. I, myself, sometimes change it up a bit to give it a bit of variation. So try it out and tell me what you think of it.
Check out the recipe below.
Greek Spinach Rice Balls
2 lbs fresh spinach (frozen would work)
1 cup chopped scallion
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups cooked brown rice
2 teaspoons dried dill
1 1⁄2 teaspoons lemon juice
salt and pepper
1 cup plain breadcrumbs (I bet wheat germ would be good too)
In a large pot, steam spinach. Chop and set aside. Preheat oven to 350. Sauté the scallions in oil until just softened.
In a large mixing bowl, combine spinach, scallions, rice, dill and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir well, mashing the rice against the sides of the bowl until the mixture holds together.
Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. With Dampened hands, pack a heaping ¼ cup of the rice mixture into a ball. Roll the ball in the bread crumbs and place on the baking sheet. Repeat the process until all of the rice mixture is used up.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until the balls are heated through and crisp on the outside.
A very big thank you to food.com for this delicious recipe.