1 c. chopped onion
2-3 cloves of garlic
about 1 tsp. olive oil
1 & 1/2 c. long grain brown rice
2 c. chicken broth
2 c. water
10 oz. raw spinach
1 rotisserie chicken from the store deli
seasonings - chef's choice!
Preheat oven to 375.
In a large saucepan, saute onion and garlic in the olive oil until tender.
|Onion & Garlic, slap-chopped!|
|Rice in the pot!|
Add liquids and bring to a boil.
|I added seasonings with the liquids...|
Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes (if using white rice, simmer for about 15 minutes).
While the rice is cooking, prep the rest of the ingredients... Roughly chop the spinach and get your significant other to pull the chicken meat from the rotisserie chicken and then shred the cheese (if you "forgot" to buy pre-shredded cheese at the grocery store).
|Make sure that your significant other has paid enough attention that bones are not included in the chicken...|
|Rough chop of baby spinach...|
After the rice is done, mix the chicken pieces and about 2/3rds of the cheese into the rice mixture.
|Chicken, cheese, and rice combine to a nice creamy sauce!|
Then add the chopped spinach and let it wilt a bit.
|A lid helps speed the wilting process...|
Thoroughly mix the spinach into the rest of the mixture.
|Green is good!|
Pour the chicken/rice mix into a greased casserole dish. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.
|I usually like a little more cheese than this, but Aaron got lazy and didn't want to shred anymore...|
Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown. It will seem a little watery. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes and the water will absorb and it will cool enough to serve.
|All done! About 6 hearty servings!|
|Ready to eat!|
One preference note - I have made this and tried to freeze it... I only recommend this if you actually like the earthy flavor of spinach. The freezing process intensifies the spinach flavor (which I didn't care for, but Aaron didn't mind). If freezing, I would recommend using another green veggie, like broccoli.
Healthy and happy eating, everyone!