bothering (bothering) wrote in vegancooking,

creamy spinach and rice casserole

after figuring that there probably is such a thing as too much apple cake (I know! I really just wanted to save some for later), I decided it'd be a good idea to start dinner. besides, it'd take my mind off of apple cake.

apple cake?! where?

okay, okay. I made a creamy spinach and rice casserole (my first casserole ever) from a recipe also found on vegweb. I'm sharing with an omnivore who likes creamed spinach, and hopefully it'll go over as well as the balsamic portobellos I made last week.

while cooking the sauce, I was a little worried that the casserole wouldn't turn out well or be very hearty. it never really looked "pasty" as the directions said, but I didn't want to add what I thought would be too much flour. the recipe didn't involve many spices at all, so I used five cloves of garlic and added nutmeg, garlic powder, and onion powder. I was generous with salt, pepper, and basil, and also sprinkled the top with nutritional yeast (and a bit more nutmeg) before popping it into the oven. I had a little taste once it had cooled off and I like it- it reminds me of a casserole my mother used to make. what's your favorite (simple) casserole? please share!

here's the recipe:

Creamy Rice & Spinach Casserole

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

several cloves garlic, minced
1 medium to large onion, chopped
3-4 tablespoon olive oil
3-4 tablespoon flour
2 cups vegan soymilk (plain)
1 cup vegetable broth
salt & pepper to taste
1 10-oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed & drained
4 cups (cooked) brown rice - approx.


In a large pot, saute garlic & onion in olive oil until softened. Sprinkle w/ flour & stir until mixture is pasty. Add soy milk & broth. Cook, stirring, at a low boil until sauce thickens. Season w/ salt & pepper. Remove from heat & stir in spinach & rice. Add just enough rice so that mixture is still creamy, not dry. Bake in a greased, 3 qt. 9x13 pan at 350 deg. for about 30 minutes, until bubbly. Reheats well. Pasta could be used instead of rice. This recipe is very flexible, so use your imagination. We like it with lots of garlic!

Serves: 6-8

Preparation time: 1 hour

I just had a small piece and I suppose the little bite from before didn't do this dish much justice- it's more flavorful than I originally thought and it turned out very well all around. still, what spices might you add? what would you serve this with (besides apple cake)? I was thinking maybe a baked sweet potato with cinnamon and a little sugar. yum.
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