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Saturday, October 23, 2010

MEATLESS MONDAY: Spinach and Brown Rice - Spinaci e Riso Integrale

There is a movement out there to have people go meatless one day of the week – The movement is known as Meatless Monday.  The movement’s goal is to have people change their eating habits incrementally.  I am not a vegetarian and I still like and enjoy eating meat but I think we consume way too much.

Why Monday? I think it’s the perfect day to go meatless. We all indulge on weekends and Monday is the perfect day to eat vegetables to cleanse our bodies and purge toxins from our system.  I, personally, do not have to change my eating habits as I have been eating well since childhood.

Fresh spinach
Spinach and Brown Rice

Ingredients
2 bunches of fresh spinach (2 - 8 oz. frozen spinach)
1 cup brown rice
2 garlic cloves chopped
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper
Red pepper flakes (optional)
Parmigiano Reggiano shaved

Preparation
Wash spinach thoroughly.  Wash the rice well and place it in a pot with cold water (2 cups of water for every cup of rice) add salt.  Bring it to a boil, then cover the pot and simmer slowly for 45/50 minutes.  In a pan, add the oil and garlic.  Cook garlic until golden, add the washed spinach, salt, pepper and cook for 10 to 15 minutes.  When the rice is cooked add to the spinach and mix well.  Simmer for few minutes and serve with an abundance of shaved Parmigiano Reggiano.

Spinach and Brown Rice with Parmigiano Reggiano
Spinaci e Riso Integrale

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