This rice, spinach and Cheddar pie is a cinch to prepare--especially if you have leftover cooked rice. If you don't, follow package directions for 4 servings to get about 3 cups cooked rice. Serve with steamed artichokes with light mayo mixed with lemon for dipping.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2012
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Generously coat a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray.

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  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and spinach; cook, stirring, 1 minute more. Transfer to a large bowl. Add rice, cheese, pepper and salt to the bowl and stir to combine.

  • Whisk eggs and milk in a medium bowl. Stir into the spinach-rice mixture. Transfer to the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula.

  • Bake the pie until lightly browned in spots, about 25 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting into wedges.

Nutrition Facts

340.5 calories; protein 14.1g 28% DV; carbohydrates 30.5g 10% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 3.2g 13% DV; sugars 1.5g; fat 18g 28% DV; saturated fat 5.7g 29% DV; cholesterol 143.4mg 48% DV; vitamin a iu 5929.9IU 119% DV; vitamin c 3.9mg 7% DV; folate 91.9mcg 23% DV; calcium 225.5mg 23% DV; iron 1.9mg 10% DV; magnesium 47.5mg 17% DV; potassium 295.6mg 8% DV; sodium 313.1mg 13% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 12% DV.

Reviews (26)

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26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 1 stars
08/09/2017
This was the worst meal I have ever made. The rice was not cooked all the way through - very crunchy the meal was incredibly dry and it was extremely bland. Ate a small piece and threw out the rest. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2017
Excellent dish. Easy to make. Lots of flavor from the extra sharp cheddar cheese! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2014
Substitutes Can you substitute cows milk for almond milk? Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/03/2014
Bland I made this as given using fresh spinach but found it to be very bland. I think more salt pepper and a good dose of lemon would work wonders Pros: Healthy Cons: Tasteless Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/07/2014
Easy Healthy Pantry meal I didn't feel like using another pan and I was short on time so I skipped the Onion and did not saute the garlic or the spinach. It was still tasty. Pros: Easy can have all the ingredient on hand in the freezer or pantry Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/26/2013
My husband and I really enjoyed this. It was very satisfying as a vegetarian main dish. I'll definitely be making it again but I will add a little more salt and pepper next time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/03/2013
who needs recipes!? I changed all the ingredients and this recipe worked great! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/29/2013
Tasty - we ate the whole pie! This made a great dinner. I used the extra sharp cheese and the dish was very flavorful and tasty - I shredded a little bit & added it to the top of the pie but don't think it was necessary. I made a pot of traditional brown rice earlier in the day after that the prep work was quick and easy. I'll be making this dish again. It would actually make a great brunch dish or light lunch for company. Pros: Easy 'pantry' meal with basic ingrediants from your freezer & fridge Tasty meatless meal Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/05/2013
Spanish rice I used Spanish rice instead and put salsa and greek yogurt on the side. Yummy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/19/2013
I used the cast iron pan method as another reviewer did and it worked great. Also I added garlic powder and onion powder the second time I made this as it was a bit bland the first time. Very good. Everyone in the house likes it. Pros: Easy Yummy Cons: NULL Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/12/2013
Better than I expected I substituted brown for black rice & added squash. Lots of garlic and old sharp cheddar. So Good! Pros: Taste Cons: Took a bit longer than I like Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2013
Yummy I used almond milk in place of milk and I added the juice of 1 lemon. I also mixed in one can of canned salmon and I added about a teaspoon of old bay seasoning in place of the salt on the ingredients list. I also I added a couple of dashes of Italian seasoning and I added one extra garlic clove. I dusted the top with Italian breadcrumbs and freshly shredded mozzarella. It was DELISH. I will definitely make this again! Pros: Easy to make Cons: Not the healthiest meal Read More
Rating: 2 stars
02/16/2013
Too bland I made this using the suggestion of substituting feta for the cheddar cheese. I used about 1 1/4 cups feta and still found it very bland.. I ended up mixing up some low sodium cream of mushroom soup and sour cream that I heated up as a sort of gravy and topped with some french fried onions. Still bland and definitely not as healthy as I would have hoped but at least edible. Pros: Cheap and easy to make Cons: Bland bland bland Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2012
Great vegetarian recipe I have made this recipe many times. Sometimes I substitue feta for the cheddar and other times I have substitued wheat berries instead of the brown rice. I used basmati brown rice. My whole family absolutely loves this dish. My daughter asked me to make her a vegetarian dish for her birthday and she loved it. I have also added zucchini along with the spinach. I have given this recipe to all of my friends. Pros: Delicious and filling Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/18/2012
Family Hit! This was great my whole family liked it. I might try some old bay to spice it up a bit more next time but it wasn't bland. I have to wonder if everyone who found it so was using extra sharp cheddar and not just sharp or mild cheddar the extra sharp taste was definitely noticeable in the end result and I felt that's what kept it from being bland. Pros: Easy to assemble and prepare healthy Read More
Rating: 2 stars
06/12/2012
Bland I made this just like the recipe called for except I substitute egg whites in place of 3 whole eggs and then just used 1 whole egg to make 4 total. There was not much flavor at all though. More cheese would be good but then it would be out of the healthy range probably. Maybe more spices of some kind would help. Not sure... I probably will not make this again. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
05/01/2012
I used a large onion and more cheese and chopped bacon extra salt and pepper and it was STILL bland! So when I heated up the leftovers for lunch the next day I added a dollop of sour cream and Yum sauce---that made all the difference! For kids you may want to have the ketchup ready. Pros: Very easy and beautiful. It made a lot! My daughter even ate it! Cons: Bland. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/27/2012
Fabulous I used asparagus scallions & zucchini and left over cooked brown rice. Also my favorite Tuscan spice blend. Tastes great & looks so appetizing. This recipe lends itself to so many variations. Thanks! Pros: Easy to prepare keeps well Cons: None yet Read More
Rating: 2 stars
04/11/2012
Blah I made this per recipe(I did add more garlic) but found it very boring and blah. There was very little flavor despite adding 2 extra cloves of garlic. Might be better with a different rice(I used plain brown) and if I made it again I would probably use Feta instead of the cheddar Pros: Easy Cons: No flavor Read More
Rating: 3 stars
04/06/2012
Delicious... just a couple changes for next time Making the pie was super easy... instead of the frozen spinach I used 6oz of fresh spinach. I think adding a little more cheese would make it even tastier (although not healthier) and maybe some broccoli next time. I also put all the ingredients in my cast iron skillet and made it a one skillet meal. My husband definitely enjoyed this new recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/23/2012
Great tasting! This was so delicious! I made it just as the recipe instructed loved it. I think I would throw some crisp bacon into it if I were making it for my meat loving friends. Pros: Nice texture browned just right Cons: Used quite a few bowls/pans to make it all Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/09/2012
Excellent quick together dish that had all at the table asking for seconds! (and that included 2 vegetable leery adults and a 3 year old). Sauteed the oinions in an oven safe skillet so that I could bake the pie using only one pan (instead of a pie pan). made clean up a snap! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2012
Loved this I did do colby/jack. Used 3 eggs and only 2 cups rice. Used more spinach. This was fantastic! Even my 4 year old loved it and asked if we could have it every night!!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/06/2012
Yummy I made this tonight. I added s sprinkle of nutmeg and some sliced cherry tomatoes on top. Delicious! Pros: Easy common ingredients Cons: Not all that quick Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/06/2012
This was really good! I think next time I will grate the cheese to get it more uniformly distributed throughout the dish. I used Trader Joe's frozen brown rice saved a ton of time. This would probably also be good with feta. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2012
Quick easy and Delicious! Will do again I just made this tonight. I followed the recipe except I added about 1 cup diced Shiitake mushrooms (no stems) and used Brown basamati rice to mine. Husband and I LOVED it...Can't wait for lunch leftovers tomorrow. Next time I make this I will probably add a bit more garlic. However I did pair this dish with a mixed greens salad and the Roasted Garlic Dressing recipe I found on this site. Read More