Greek Inspired Wild Rice

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What I've Learned So Far


As a vegetarian, I’ve had to rethink the definition of dinner. Growing up in Southern California, I was lucky enough to eat foods like avocado, jicama, and kiwi, but an average dinner was still some type of meat with a starch, a vegetable, and maybe bread. The way I remember it, there were always at least three things to put on your plate.

I still do the same thing – I just substitute “protein source” for meat. The starch is generally a grain (and if that grain is quinoa it doubles as a protein source). The main difference is that everything is put together to create a single dish, rather than being separate dishes. That, and the fact that I’ll use more than one veggie in my meal. It used to feel weird to have only one serving bowl on the table, but I’ve come to really enjoy my simple, healthy meals.

I’ve also had to rethink how I use herbs, spices, sauces and condiments. I’ve found salad dressing can make an awesome sauce for a grain-based meal, and I’ve branched out on the spices I use. Honestly, I kind of like to experiment. Sometimes it works – and sometimes it absolutely doesn’t. This recipe was one of the times it worked, and I hope you enjoy it.

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The Recipe


You'll Need:

• 1 C uncooked wild rice

• 1 Tbl olive oil

• 1 pint grape tomatoes

• 1 pint Greek olives, pitted

• 5 oz. fresh spinach

• 4 oz. crumbled feta cheese

• Dressing

      o ¼ C Olive oil

      o 2 Tb balsamic vinegar

      o ¼ tsp salt

      o 1/8 tsp celery salt

      o Pinch each of white pepper, dry           mustard and paprika

Do This:

1. Cook the rice according to package directions.

2. While the rice is cooking, slice the tomatoes and olives into quarters and set aside.

3. When the rice is almost done, steam the spinach for 10 minutes.

4. Just before the spinach is done steaming, put the tomatoes and olives in the microwave and heat them for about 90 seconds.

5. When the rice is done, stir in the olive oil, tomatoes, olives, spinach, and feta cheese. Mix well.

6. Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing and stir into the rice.


Recipe Notes


• Try adding some toasted pine nuts or toasted walnuts for a little extra crunch and flavor.

• This would also be a great filling for a pita if you wanted something you could take to work.

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