Greek-Inspired Leftover Brown Rice Casserole with Red Pepper, Onions, and Feta
4 cups cooked leftover brown rice
1 T olive oil
1 large onion, chopped fairly small
1 large red bell pepper, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
2 tsp. Greek Seasoning (I use Penzeys Greek seasoning, which is a mixture of salt, Turkish oregano, garlic, lemon peel, black pepper, and marjoram.)
6 oz. crumbled feta cheese (about 1 cup, don’t buy pre-crumbled feta, buy a block and crumble it)
1/4 cup chicken stock, preferably homemade chicken stock
Chop onion and red pepper. Heat 1 T olive oil in heavy frying pan, add onion and saute over medium-high heat about 2 minutes. Add red pepper and Greek seasoning and saute 2-3 minutes more. Add rice and saute about 1 minute, stirring with a turner so the veggies are evenly distributed in the rice. Turn off heat and gently stir in crumbled feta cheese and pour over chicken stock.
Spray a glass or ceramic casserole dish with olive oil or non-stick spray, then pour in rice mixture and spread around in an even layer. Cover casserole and bake about 25 minutes. Remove lid and bake about 5-10 minutes more, until cheese looks slightly melted. Serve hot.
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South Beach Suggestions:
Made with brown rice, olive oil, and a moderate amount of feta cheese, this is a great dish for phase two or three of the South Beach Diet or any other low-glycemic eating plan. Serve as a vegetarian main dish with something like Pan-Fried Asparagus Tips. This would also make a great side dish for something like Very Greek Grilled Chicken or Kalyn’s Souvlaki.
More Ideas with Brown Rice:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Brown Rice with Cashews and Herbs from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Brown and Wild Rice with Pine Nuts and Thyme from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Brown and Wild Rice Salad with Snow Peas and Peppers from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Santa Fe Brown Rice Bake from Karina’s Kitchen
Oven-Baked Brown Rice from Kitchen Parade
Vegetable Fried Rice from The Perfect Pantry
Perfect Brown Rice from Apple Pie, Patis, and Pate
Gluten-Free Fried Brown Rice from Gluten Free Cooking School
(Want even more brown rice recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)