|Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Red Bell Pepper, Feta, and Kalamata Olives may not be that photogenic, but this dish is completely delicious and perfect for Meatless Monday.|
I haven't moved for 25 years, and there's no question that I had completely blocked all the memories of just how awful moving really is, so it's a good thing I'm excited about the hew house! It's now pretty much sorting through stuff and packing for the move every spare minute around here, but a few weeks ago before the new house frenzy switched into overdrive I made this delicious Slow Cooker Greek Rice with Red Bell Pepper, Feta, and Kalamata Olives with Jake. This is one of those slow cooker recipes that could be made on the stove, but cooking the rice in the slow cooker means you don't have to watch it much at all. Definitely this could be a nice side dish for a meal with Greek flavors, but I think this rice also makes a nice vegetarian main dish with all the flavors going on here. The rice didn't end up being overly photogenic, but if you like these flavors, I guarantee you'll love this rice.
This delicious rice that can do double duty as a side dish or a vegetarian main dish is my contribution for Meatless Monday this week. (You can find more meatless recipes by using the label Meatless Monday or checking Vegetarian Recipes in the recipe index. I'm also doing a meatless slow cooker recipe each Monday on Slow Cooker from Scratch. For more Meatless Monday ideas from other bloggers, follow our Meatless Monday board on Pinterest, or check Meatless Monday at BlogHer.)
Then add the onions and cook until they start to brown, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic, Greek seasoning, and dried oregano and cook a couple minutes more.
Then add the chicken or vegetable stock to the pan, scraping off any browned bits.
(Makes about 6 servings; recipe adapted from Greek Rice in Crock-Pot 365 Year-Round Recipes.)
I used my favorite Crock-Pot 3-1/2-Quart Slow Cooker for this recipe.
1 T olive oil
1 3/4 cups Uncle Ben's Converted Rice
1 onion, chopped small
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. Greek Seasoning (I like Greektown "Billygoat" Seasoning from The Spice House.)
1 tsp. dried oregano (preferably Greek oregano)
2 cans (14 oz. each) chicken or vegetable stock (3 1/2 cups total)
1 red bell pepper, seeds removed and finely chopped
3/4 cup sliced Kalamata olives (or regular black olives will also be good)
3/4 cup crumbled Feta cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Heat the olive oil in a large heavy frying pan, add the rice and saute until the rice is nicely browned (watch it carefully.) Put the browned rice into the slow cooker.
Add the onions and cook until they start to brown, about 4-5 minutes. Then add the garlic, Greek seasoning, and dried oregano and cook a couple minutes more. Add the stock and scrape the pan to remove any browned bits; then add the onion/stock mixture to the slow cooker with the rice. Cook on high for 1 1/2 hours.
While the rice cooks finely chop the red bell peppers, and after 1 1/2 hours (or when the rice is fairly softened, but not completely done) add the bell peppers and cook 15 minutes more. While rice and peppers cook, crumble the Feta and slice the olives, then add the the slow cooker and cook another 15 minutes.
Chop the parsley and squeeze the lemon juice. Check to be sure the rice is as cooked as you'd like it, then stir in the chopped parsley and lemon juice and serve hot.
South Beach Suggestions:
Because some starchiness is removed in the converting process, Uncle Ben's Converted Rice is actually the most low-glycemic type of rice you can buy, making this a great dish for Phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet.
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.
More Tasty Ideas with Rice for Meatless Monday:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Vegetarian Taco Rice ~ La Fuji Mama
Spicy Slow Cooker Rice with Green Chiles, Green Onions, and Cheese ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Persian Crispy Rice ~ Herbivoracious
Mujadarra - Middle Eastern Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Saffron Rice Pilaf ~ Simply Recipes
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)
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