Healthy Recipes for a Vegan Pregnancy : Sides (part 1) - Coconut Rice, Greek Lemon Rice with Spinach

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Coconut Rice

Serve coconut rice as a simple side dish or pair it with spicy Thai and Indian curries or stir-fries.

SERVES 6

1 cup water

1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk

112 cups white rice, uncooked

13 cup coconut flakes

1 teaspoon lime juice

12 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Folic Acid: 

Vitamin B12: NA

Protein: 

Iron: 

Zinc: 

Calcium: 

Vitamin D: NA

1. In a large pot, combine the water, coconut milk, and rice; bring to a simmer. Cover, and allow to cook 20 minutes, or until rice is done.

2. In a separate skillet, toast the coconut flakes over low heat until lightly golden, about 3 minutes. Gently stir constantly to avoid burning.

3. Combine coconut flakes with cooked rice; stir in lime juice and salt.

Per Serving

Calories: 320 | Fat: 16g | Sodium: 207mg | Fiber: 1g | Protein: 5g

 

Greek Lemon Rice with Spinach

Greek “spanakorizo” is seasoned with fresh lemon, herbs, and black pepper. Serve with Lemon Basil Tofu for a citrusy meal.

SERVES 4

1 onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

34 cup white rice, uncooked

112 cups water or vegetable broth

1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste

2 bunches fresh spinach, trimmed

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint or dill (optional)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

12 teaspoon salt, or to taste

12 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Folic Acid: 

Vitamin B12: NA

Protein: 

Iron: 

Zinc: 

Calcium: 

Vitamin D: NA

1. Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil for 1–2 minutes; add rice, stirring to lightly toast.

2. Add water; cover, and heat for 10–12 minutes.

3. Add tomato paste, spinach, and parsley. Cover, and cook for another 5 minutes, or until spinach is wilted and rice is cooked.

4. Stir in fresh mint, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

Per Serving

Calories: 295 | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 488mg | Fiber: 7g | Protein: 10g

 
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