Meatless Monday: Spinach Brown Rice Balls


by Mar 14th, 2011 // Dinner, Kid-tastic, Meatless Mondays

Meatless Monday: Spinach Brown Rice Balls

Meatless Monday: Spinach Brown Rice Balls

We could all use a little more green in our lives and since it’s almost St. Patrick’s day, I decided we’d dedicate the next few posts to green food. Here’s the background on these amazingly deelish balls: Between the rice cooker and ordering in, we often have left over rice in the fridge that gets thrown away. Since both kids and the vegetarian husband are all fans of rice, we made ourselves a nice little vegetarian version of meatballs.

Meatless Monday: Spinach Brown Rice Balls

My kid wasn’t feeling well and got the super special treatment of being allowed to eat dinner on the sofa while watching TV. I’m a horrible mother but at least he was eating brown rice and spinach. They were a serious hit and that’s not just the zombie-Scooby Doo-watching-kid talking, my husband said “you could make these once a week for the rest of my life and I’d be a happy man.” So simple to make and done in under 30 minutes!

Spinach Brown Rice Balls Recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins  Cooking Time: 20 – 25 mins

2 cups cooked brown rice (works best with day old, stickier rice)
2 egg whites
1 10 oz package frozen spinach, thawed
1 shallot finely, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper
olive oil cooking spray
marinara sauce

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking sheet or prepare it with a Silpat.
2. Saute shallots in olive oil in a pan over medium heat until translucent. Add spinach and garlic and continue to saute until most of the moisture is cooked off. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl mix together brown rice, egg whites, bread crumbs, and mozzarella cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Mix in spinach and use hands to form golf ball sized rice balls. Place each rice ball on the prepared baking sheet.
5. Spray tops of rice balls with cooking spray and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until lightly browned and slightly crispy.
6. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

Makes approximately 2 dozen.

Meatless Monday: Spinach Brown Rice Balls

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10 Comments on “Meatless Monday: Spinach Brown Rice Balls”

  1. 1.) Susan
    March 14th, 2011

    Where do u buy all of Gus’s cute t-shirts?

  2. 2.) Jacqueline
    March 17th, 2011

    Just made this- These are delicious. Great recipe, love love love. Thank you!

  3. 3.) Becky
    April 14th, 2011

    THESE ARE THE BEST PICKY BUSTERS EVER. My preschool class gobbled them up…and proceeded to 'spinach-rice-ball' evangelize to their not-so-spinach-enthusiastic peers. And it worked. Spinach rice ball conversion success. We'll definitely be making these again and again

  4. 4.) Amanda
    July 5th, 2011

    These look so good, we’re making them tomorrow! We’re about to have another baby, so my time will be more sparse. Do you think they would freeze well (for the toddler)?

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  6. 6.) Nutmeg
    January 23rd, 2012

    Hey, just wanted to let readers know that this works with broccoli too. I didn’t have spinach (oddly). I used some frozen broccoli florets (almost all of a 16oz. bag), thawed them, zipped them in a food processor and treated them like I have the spinach in previous batches. Worked just great and tasted great too.

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  9. 9.) ally
    March 31st, 2013

    can i use fresh spinach?

  10. 10.) Katie
    December 16th, 2013

    This looks great! Cannot wait to try it!

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