I found this recipe in a Whole Foods flier and thought it sounded like another good idea for a vegetarian meal. So I tried it and I think we were all surprised at how good it was, especially with such simple ingredients. My almost-three-year-old son even liked it!

Ingredients:

  • 2 organic carrots, shredded
  • 2 bunches organic dark leafy greens (kale, collard greens, or Swiss chard), tough stems removed, leaves very thinly sliced
  • Salt & ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 lb Feta cheese, crumbled
  • cooked organic brown rice (I cooked 2 cups dried rice)
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Simple ingredients I used to make this meal

Notes About Ingredients

I deviated from Whole Foods’ recipe in the following ways:

  • I did not use onion, like the recipe called for (1/2 red onion, finely chopped)
  • I used 1/2 lb (8-oz) Feta cheese because we like it (the recipe calls for 1/4 lb)
  • I cooked 2 cups dry organic brown rice ahead of time; I guessed at the amount needed. (the recipe calls for a 20-oz package of Whole Foods’ brand frozen organic brown rice – I do not agree with using pre-packaged foods like that, although I’m sure some people like it to save time)

Directions:

  • Put carrots, greens, onions, 1/4 cup water, salt, and pepper into a large, deep skillet and toss well.
  • Cover and cook over medium heat, tossing once or twice, until greens are wilted and tender, 10-15 minutes.
  • Toss with Feta cheese and spoon over brown rice.
meal done and tossed with Feta

meal done and tossed with Feta

Finished meal!

Finished meal!

(Sorry about my less-than-stellar photos. Go to the Whole Foods website to see a better photo of this meal. It truly was great!)

Final Thoughts

This meal was really easy to make, even when I cooked the rice myself. And it was very tasty; maybe surprisingly so, given the few ingredients. Yes, the extra Feta cheese we added might be part of the reason. And I was pleasantly surprised that our son ate it all up, especially given his recent “dislike” of most things green. I would definitely make this meal again, and make it exactly the way I did here. I may cut back on the 2 cups dried rice, but I really don’t  mind having some extra; I just put it in the freezer for easy use at another meal.


Wendy – ParentingTips365.com

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