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XO Friday Foodie: Spinach & Rice Balls

Category : Healthy Eating

We were introduced to this recipe as an hors d’oeuvre, but we make it as a main dish.  It has it all:  Protein, whole grains with fiber, and spinach!   You can make balls or patties, your choice.  This is a great recipe as a ‘dish to pass’, hor d’oeuvre, or kid-friendly dinner for picky eaters.
Express option:  Substitute 1/2 teaspoon of  powdered onion and 1/4 teaspoon of garlic for fresh and skip sauteing and simply mix it all together.  (AKA ‘The way we make it 90% of the time!’)

Spinach and Rice Balls  (Photo credit: Meatless Monday)


  1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a Baking Sheet or use parchment paper
  3. Locate or create 3 cups of cooked long grain brown rice.
  4. Defrost 10oz pkg chopped spinach & Squeeze out water.
  5. Finely chop 1 small onion
  6. Mince 2-3 cloves garlic
  7. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil over med-low heat
  8. Add 1T Italian seasonings into onion and garlic
  9. Add ½ t salt & sprinkle of pepper
  10. Stir in chopped spinach & sauté covered ~5 minutes, cool.
  11. In bowl, mix rice & spinach together
  12. Stir in 2 eggs
  13. Stir in 1 ¼ cup shredded cheese (mozzarella or mild cheddar)
  14. Stir in ¼ cup shredded parmesan, asiago or romano cheese.
  15. Roll into small balls with wet hands (or use small ice cream scooper)
  16. Bake 20 minutes or until browned
  17. Serve with spaghetti sauce