WIAW: Spinach & Rice Recipe

Thanks to Jenn for hosting WIAW! Make sure to head over there after checking out my eats and recipe.

For this week I am going to focus on what I have been eating during the days we fast.

My favorite post-workout carb!

My favorite post-workout carb!

For breakfast, post-workout, I have my usual oatmeal with a scoop of peanut butter, I have been subbing the regular milk for almond milk. The same goes with milk in my coffee.

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Lunch is usually a salad with lots of veggies, this one had a side of sweet potato and broccoli. I also had some shrimp.

For dinner, we had a staple in Nick’s home, Spinach & Rice. It is super easy and fast, and if you workout at night, it is an awesome post-workout meal!

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp of Olive Oil

1 medium yellow onion

3-4 cloves of garlic

1 15 oz can of tomato sauce

1 large box (I used Olivia Organics) of fresh spinach

1 cup of rice

Instructions:

Chop onion and garlic and saute in olive oil in a large pot until the onion is translucent.

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Add Spinach, I usually put half of the box in and let it cook down a little and then add the other half.

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Add the can of tomato sauce and then one and half cans of water to the pot.

Let the mixture come to a boil then bring the heat to low.

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Add a cup of rice. Cover and let it cook for 30 minutes. I usually end up letting it cook for closer to 25 minutes but that’s because of how my stove cooks. You want the rice to be cooked completely.

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Serve with a slice of fresh french bread to soak up the extra tomato sauce!

Notes

Make sure you use fresh spinach, because frozen spinach will add too much liquid to the mixture and fresh tastes better!

You can half the recipe if you want to use a smaller box of spinach. You could also substitute the grain if you prefer.

Have you ever had spinach and rice, or something like it?

 


A Tale of Two Easter’s: Part Two

As I explained in my last Easter post, Nick and I celebrate Easter twice. The Catholic Easter with my family and Greek Orthodox Easter with Nick’s, some years they fall on the same weekend, but more often than not they are a few weekends apart.

For this marvelous Monday I will show you a bit of our weekend.

We started our weekend with a great Church service with the family, even B wore his best outfit.

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Photo courtesy of my brother-in-law

My mom drove down for the weekend and we spent Saturday together, I even stayed up for the monologue of SNL, that has happened in a very long time.

Sunday was Easter, we had dinner at my in-laws.

Some of mine (and B’s favorites)

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Spanakopita and Tyropita

We also had lamb, steak, pastichio, lots of salad, guacamole, stromboli and many many desserts (which I will blog about soon).

How was your weekend? Have you ever been a part of Greek Easter festivities?

A sneak peek at B’s Baptism

I have a few of my photo’s and a few that our videographer took, so I want to share those. Once we get our photos and video back, I will share some of that as well as a review of our vendors. If you live in the New England area definitely keep your eyes peeled for those posts.

My husband’s family is Greek Orthodox, so we had a traditional Orthodox Baptism and reception!

Here are a few of my photos that my dad took:

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Maria presenting our baptized baby to me

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The Nouna and Nouno (Godparents) Maria & Kosta and Nick & I with B

Here are some from our videographer:

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B and his Godmother Maria (Nouna), she is also my sister-in-law

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One of my favorite photos. My husband, brother-in-law and their aunt with B

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Even at our own wedding my husband played with the band. I expect nothing less at our sons baptism

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Our little family, dancing