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Rice with Garden Greens

I walked out to the garden the other day and noticed that my parsley was TAKING OVER! I remembered that I had posted in last week’s Bargain Meal of the Week highlights a “green rice” recipe from Frugal Granola. Perfect way to use up the parsley…and the spinach…and some basil too!

I chopped up all the spinach, parsley and basil and added it to 5 cups of rice on the stove (see recipe below).

All mixed together…a HUGE batch of rice that I can use for at least 5 meals!

Rice cooked in a large batch can be frozen in meal size portions and thawed quickly, as part of a “fast summer meal!”

Rice with Garden Greens Recipe

Rice with Garden Greens

Yield – 20 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 50 minutes


  • 2 cups of brown rice ($.80)
  • 3 cups of white rice ($.60)
  • 4 cups raw spinach
  • 2 cups fresh parsley
  • Couple fresh basil leaves
  • 7 garlic cloves ($.35)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • In large saucepan or Dutch oven, bring 12 cups of water to boil. Add 2 cups of brown rice and return to boil. Reduce heat to medium and cover. Let cook for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, add the 3 cups of white rice. Turn the heat back up and bring water back to boil. Reduce heat to medium and cover again. Let simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring often.
  • Chop spinach, parsley and basil. Add it to the cooked rice and stir through.
  • Add crushed garlic cloves and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve a portion of the rice for a meal. Let remaining rice cool while you eat. Then add it to freezer baggies or plastic containers and freeze in batches.

Cost $1.75 for 5 meals