Rice with Spinach, Carrots, and Pistachios—CYOB

Last updated on September 25th, 2021

We love Create Your Own Bowl nights because grown-ups and children can customize their meal. Grain bowls, or Buddha bowls, start with a whole grain, and then add a combination of veggies (cooked or raw), protein, and sometimes even fruit. Top it off with a prepared sauce or a simple drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

This uncomplicated dish was developed to pull together quickly on a busy weeknight. It’s almost effortless to prepare, and there’s no intense clean-up after dinner.

Close up grain bowl: rice, spinach, carrots, pistachios

To make meal-prep easier, grate the carrots ahead of time, use a food processor, or even purchase pre-shredded carrots. The recipe calls for chopped pistachios, but on a time-strapped night skip that step and serve the nuts whole.

Assembly begins with reheated left-over rice; we used red and brown rice, but you can serve whatever you have on hand. I like to cook large batches of rice and freeze most of it in individual containers to thaw another time for easy meals. If you don’t have cooked rice ready to go, prepare 1 cup of rice according to package instructions.

Bowl of red and brown rice with baby spinach, shredded carrots and pistachios

Next fold in baby spinach, shredded carrots, and pistachios—all foods my youngest enjoys this week. Finally, add a touch of olive oil with salt and pepper keeps the dish uncomplicated. Serve with your favorite protein on top or on the side to round out the meal.

If your kids aren’t ready for all their food to mingle in one bowl, it’s not a problem. Serve the components in little piles on a plate. And if someone’s not wild about one of the ingredients, skip it and load up with their favorites.

Child's plate with shredded carrots, pistachios, baby spinach and a bowl of rice

With this level of personalization, everyone will be happy with their meal!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups prepared rice, reheated if necessary
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • ¼ cup roasted pistachios, shelled and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Assemble each bowl individually. Add ¾ cup of rice to each bowl. Fold in ½ cup baby spinach, shredded carrots, and about a tablespoon of chopped pistachios. Top with ½ teaspoon olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with a protein of your choice.

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

Note:

In the spirit of CYOB, all amounts are approximate. Add any or all of the mix-ins to match your appetite.

Remember to rate this recipe and leave a comment below!

Bowl of red and brown rice with baby spinach, shredded carrots and pistachios
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Rice with Spinach, Carrots, and Pistachios—Create Your Own Bowls

This uncomplicated dish was developed to pull together quickly on a busy weeknight. It's almost effortless to prepare, and there's no intense clean-up after dinner.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Lactose, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 241kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups prepared rice, reheated if necessary
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • ¼ cup roasted pistachios, shelled and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Assemble each bowl individually. Add ¾ cup of rice to each bowl. Fold in ½ cup baby spinach, shredded carrots, and about a tablespoon of chopped pistachios. Top with ½ teaspoon olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with a protein of your choice.

Notes

In the spirit of CYOB, all amounts are approximate. Add any or all of the mix-ins to match your appetite.

2 thoughts on “Rice with Spinach, Carrots, and Pistachios—CYOB

  1. 5 stars
    This looks delicious and easy, and what a great idea to offer the add-ins separately, especially with kiddos who might not like all the ingredients. It’s a lot better than having to pick them out! Thanks for another great idea.

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