Spinach Parmesan Rice Bake

This Spinach Parmesan Rice Bake is a cheesy side dish with spinach, cheese, and rice. Even your pickiest eaters will love this once they take a bite.Spinach Parmesan Rice Bake - a cheesy side dish with spinach, cheese, and rice. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

My friends and I just started reading a book called Deliberate Motherhood. My first thought was what is deliberate motherhood? Then that day as I was playing at the park with my kids, I saw a mom drive up, drop her kids off at the park, then she preceded to take a nap on a blanket under a tree. Meanwhile, her young kids ran around eating other people’s food and pushing other kids off of the slides. Maybe you can let your kids roam free in other parts of the country but in Florida, you better watch your kids or someone will take them. No joke. And I really can’t judge. Maybe she was having A DAY and her choices were to take a nap or drive her car into the ocean. Who knows. All I know that for that moment she wasn’t practicing deliberate motherhood.Spinach Parmesan Rice Bake - a cheesy side dish with spinach, cheese, and rice. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

Okay…that sounded bad. I’m not perfect. I definitely check my Instagram more than I should and let out a sigh of relief when bedtime comes (amen). That’s actually what the first chapter is on…accepting that you’re not the perfect mother; letting go of what you think the perfect mom is and what you should be. I think I’ve already mastered that chapter. Spinach Parmesan Rice Bake - a cheesy side dish with spinach, cheese, and rice. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com
I’ll admit that I do have this stigma that I have to serve something green at every dinner. Broccoli, asparagus, salad…those are our staple sides that make me feel like a good mom and make me feel like I tried to serve something nutritious to my kids. This Spinach Parmesan Rice Bake is green but it’s not exactly healthy since it has a fair amount of cheese, butter, and more cheese. But they ate it. And liked it! It’s almost like spinach dip, but baked.

 

Spinach Parmesan Rice Bake
 
Ingredients
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach (thawed and squeezed to remove excess liquid)
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 1⁄3 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3⁄4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1⁄3 cup chopped onions or 2 large green onions, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 3⁄4 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1⁄4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, for topping
  • shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and generously grease a 11 x 7-inch baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, combine spinach, rice, butter, cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, onions, garlic, eggs, and milk until well combined.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes and then top with mozzarella cheese the last 5 minutes of baking if desired.
Notes
Source: Food.com

 

Spinach Parmesan Rice Bake - a cheesy side dish with spinach, cheese, and rice. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

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  1. I love sneaking veggies like spinach into a starch. It helps fill you up without more carbs.
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  2. I have ALL of these ingredients right now!!! I foresee a big bowl of this to make myself warm tomorrow night.

  3. I wish I wasn’t sat my desk at work because I want to make and eat this right now! I know this is going to be on the menu at home very very soon. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Yum. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  5. Eleanor Schwartz says:

    Looks great. I will try it soon using brown rice, maybe cutting back on the cheese just a bit and use 2% cheese.
    I have to ask you a question — I’m new to Pintrest and couldn’t find a way to do so on the Melting Snowman Cookie recipe — is the Nutrition Information correct for that recipe? I just can’t believe the caloric value — is that for the whole batch of cookies or how many? The number shown is enough to scare a lot of people, including me from making the adorable cookies!! Thanks, Eleanor

  6. This may be a silly question, but do I cook 2 cups of dry rice to use, or do I cook rice and then just use 2 cups of that rice? I’m guessing you use 2 cups of already cooked rice, but I want to make sure. Thanks 🙂

  7. This was delicious! I added coconut oil with my rice. This was the only change I made and the dish came out super moist. I will definitely be making this again. Thank you.

  8. Could I use fresh spinach instead of frozen??? I’m not a fan of frozen spinach

  9. Barbara Basile says:

    I made this and bought it as a side dish to a dinner party. It was a hit and delicious. I made one change – I divided the milk because I use Almond Milk, I did half Almond Milk and half – half and half. It was soooo good.

  10. Barbara Basile says:

    I loved this recipe. The only change is that I mixed half and half with almond milk. It was delicious. I took it to a dinner party as a side.

  11. Has anyone tried adding shredded chicken?

  12. Just made this and it is delicious! Thank you!