Spinach Rice Gratin

This made a awesome weeknight meal! We used pre-cooked and leftover rice which made this super easy and quick to throw together. The whole family loved this! It went fast so we didn’t even get a pic of it cut into slices!

Spinach Rice Gratin

Spinach Rice Gratin
Recipe adapted from 101cookbooks.com
gluten-free

2 1/2 cups leftover/pre-cooked brown&/or white rice, room temp
1 1/2 cups cups well finely chopped spinach
8 ounces firm organic tofu, crumbled
15 black olives, chopped
1/2 medium red onion, diced
1/2 cup pine nuts or almonds, toasted
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup shredded Manchego cheese (or Parm, or Gruyere)
5 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Rack in the top third. Grease a 10-inch round baking dish, casserole pan, oven-proof pot with a bit of olive oil.

In a large bowl combine the rice, spinach, and tofu. Stir in the olives, and red onion, pine nuts and olive oil. Now stir in 1/2 cup of the cheese. In a small bowl whisk together the eggs, and salt. Fold the eggs into the rice mixture, pour into the prepared baking dish, and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until the casserole is set, and the top toasty and golden. Remove from the oven, and sprinkle with remaining onions, olives, and nuts. Sprinkle with a bit more salt before serving – or taste and get a sense of whether you need any.

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Quick Mushroom & Kale over Brown Rice

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Quick, the kids are sleeping! This dinner was a perfect combination of healthy, delicious and fast! Leftover brown rice and a quick mushroom and kale stir-fry in the wok. Yum! The avocado was amazing on the side. First off, doesn’t avocado make everything taste better? and then with the sriracha in the kale the avocado was a nice cooling element.

Quick Mushroom & Kale over Brown Rice

  • 8 ounces mushrooms any type, sliced (I used cremini mushrooms)
  • bunch of kale, destemmed and chopped
  • cooked brown rice
  • olive oil, 1-2 tablespoons
  • mirin, 1/4 cup
  • rice vinegar, 1/8 cup
  • white cooking wine, 1/4 cup
  • sriracha, a few dashes depending on how spicy you like it
  • 1 avocado (optional)
  • salt, to taste

In a wok or large frying pan heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the kale, mirin and white wine. Using tongs toss to coat and keep cooking kale to cook it down (3-5 minutes). Add the mushrooms and cook another 3 minutes till they become soft. Add sriracha and salt to taste. Plate over brown rice and slice avocado on the side.

Enjoy and if possible sit down and relax by the fire your amazing husband built while you cooked dinner 🙂 Image

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Easy Coconut Rice & Beans

I know I haven’t been in the kitchen too much these days, let alone posting/blogging! With our amazing 7 month old twins, involved and complicated recipe building is not really on my to-do list. Being hunkered down for Hurricane Sandy, I figured I could go through my idle ingredient stash and start to whip up some good, quick food. It felt amazing to be back in the kitchen and inspired, even if only a simple recipe!. And now that the kiddos are starting to eat solid foods I plan to be back in the kitchen making quick but deelish family friendly food. I loved that I could get a really yummy but still nutritious (one-pot) meal on the table in less that a half hour!

This recipe came out super creamy!! I used two cans of coconut milk but made sure to use one that was light to calm the fat content down a bit! I didn’t have onions but I could see sauteing some up and stirring in with the beans.  I also served this with Cholula sauce, Michael didn’t use it but since it’s my current obsession, I couldn’t resist. Also, Michael doesn’t typically love anything with coconut, but he really enjoyed this and was ready for seconds! And as you know I LOVE all things coconut!

Here is just a sampling of some of my other recipes with coconut milk:
Thai Root Veggie Curry with Coconut Milk
Coconut Lentil Soup
Polenta with Black Beans, Pan-Fried Tofu & Roasted Coconut Tomato Sauce
Dina’s Chili-lime Ginger Tofu in Coconut Basil Broth with Rice Noodles
Yummy Protein Goo Ball Bites
Vegan Fudge

If you are on the East Coast – Be Safe with Hurricane Sandy!! Prayers for a peaceful day ahead. We are already enjoying some inside time together after our fun-filled Halloween weekend 🙂

Easy Coconut Rice & Beans

  •  2 cans coconut milk (I used 1 Light and 1 Regular)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • onion powder, pinch (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups rice (short or long grain)(I used white basmati because it is what I had)
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 can cooked beans (kidney, pinto, or black beans)
  1. In a pot, combine coconut milk, bay leaf, garlic, (onion powder), salt and rice. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Once you see a boil, lower heat to low and cover, cooking for 10 minutes, stirring to prevent burning.
  3. Uncover and continue to cook & stir over low heat, until tender and creamy, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the beans, stir, and cook for 2-3 more minutes. Salt to taste and enjoy!

Kitchari from Kurma Dasa – Challenge Recipe #4

When putting together my Kitchari Challenge, I asked some friends for their favorites. This one is the favorite of my friend Jynne and from Kurma Dasa. Click for the original recipe.

I really liked the addition and punch of flavor with the veggies added. Great choice Jynne!


Kitchari adapted from Kurma Dasa

1 cup yellow split peas or mung beans
12 cups water
2 bay leaves
finely chopped ginger
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 teaspoon turmeric
4 teaspoons coriander powder
2 cups long grain rice
a heap (about 3 cups) of vegetables, cut into cubes (I used edamame, colorful carrots and fresh corn)
2-3 teaspoons salt
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon asafetida powder

1. Bring split peas, water, bay leaves, ginger, pepper, turmeric and coriander to boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook partially covered for about 15 minutes

2. Add rice, vegetables, and salt, increase heat and stir as you bring to the boil, then return to a simmer, covered. Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until rice is soft.

3. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over moderate heat. Add the cumin seeds and fry until a few shades darker, then add asafetida powder, then stir through the big pot-o-stuff and cook for another 5 minutes.

4.  Serve and Enjoy!

Thai Root Veggie Curry with Coconut Milk

I love curries! Since winter is ending (yeah!!!!) I wanted to get one last yummy root veggie dish on the table and this turned out amazing! I also love a big one pot meal, especially if I already have cooked rice in the fridge already like I did this night! Perfection!

Thai Root Veggie Curry with Coconut Milk
Serves 4

2 cups rice, cooked and set aside
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
1 onion, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups butternut squash, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 turnips, trimmed and cubed
3 carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 fingerling potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 zucchini, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 1/2 cups hot vegetable broth, or more as needed
1 teaspoon red or yellow Thai curry paste, or more to taste
1 cup low-fat coconut milk
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and set over medium-high heat. Add ginger, onions and salt and cook 4 to 5 minutes until the onions softens. Reduce the heat to low and add the butternut squash, turnips, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and zucchini and simmer.
  2. In a separate saucepan over medium heat, whisk the hot broth with the curry paste until the paste dissolves. Pour the broth over the vegetables to cover them; simmer over medium heat, covered , for 20 to 25 minutes,until veggies are tender.
  3. In the empty broth saucepan boil coconut milk until it reduces in volume by half. The pour over the vegetables and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the lime juice and serve over rice with lime wedges.

Kitchari Challenge – Recipe #3

Many recipes have the option to add chopped veggies to the Kitchari and I’m sure it would be super tasty. But I am a Kitchari purist. Maybe sometime during this challenge I might try some of the chopped veggies, but I am not there yet. This one was simple, easy and deelish.

Cleansing Kitchari
Recipe adapted from Ayurveda for Women: A Guide to Vitality and Health

2 cups basmati rice
1 cup yellow split peas
12 cups boiling water
3/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 big pinch asafoetida
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoon of salt

optional, chopped veggies

  1. Combine the rice with the split peas and wash twice.
  2.  Place rice and beans into boiling water, adding the turmeric and asafoetida.
  3. Cook over medium heat until the water is mostly absorbed.
  4. I usually use an immersion blender to have a semi-smooth consistency. I only blend about half.
  5. Add one more cup of lukewarm water, vegetables, and optional spices if you’re using them. The final dish should be a stew with a very moist and soft consistency.

Love seeing this big pot of Kitchari!

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