Sunday, April 4, 2010

Spinach and Rice with Spicy Peanut Sauce

My sister created this delicious easy dinner when she was living in New York and was getting serious about health and weight loss. She had been working with a trainer and had enrolled in an online nutrition tracker to monitor her calorie and vitamin intake. She said on the days when she made this for dinner, she would get all green check marks for her fiber and vitamins. Its fast, easy, low in calories, high in fiber, and full of flavor. It is a staple go-to dinner for me. I have even made it once for Michael and he has asked for a couple of times since then.

Cook a rice of your choice according to the package. I love this new brown rice I found at Mothers Market. Its more nutritionally complete than white or brown rice and contains a higher protein content.

While the rice cooks, combine about
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce about
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon of hot water (to thin the peanut butter)
  • a dash (or 2 or 3) of red chili flakes. I may use a bit more than most people, but i love spicy food. If you don't, just leave it out all together.
Wilt spinach with a little water in the bottom of a large pan. Add use more spinach than you think, it wilts down to nothing. I can easily use an entire bag of spinach for myself when I make it.

When the spinach is wilted, combine with the rice, pour the peanut sauce over everything and combine! Yum!

You can also use this quick sauce on chicken or meat.



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