spinach vegetable pilaf

Spinach Vegetable Pilaf

Yum! I just made a delicious omnivore-approved, vegan, gluten-free spinach and vegetable pilaf for dinner – took a little longer than expected but totally worth the wait, and you can easily put it on to cook and leave it mostly unattended. To be honest, I haven’t cooked much at all lately so was inspired by a dish my cousin made when she visited last year, a few months after I broke my ankle and also hadn’t cooked for a while… brought back wonderful memories of family time.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 5 green onions, finely sliced with a few inches of green
  • 1 cup vegetable broth (from scratch or using Rapunzel vegan stock cubes)
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp chili sauce
  • 18oz. jar diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup uncooked long grain brown rice
  • 3 large pinches of Moroccan Seasoning – I used Victoria Taylor’s
  • 2 lbs. fresh baby spinach
  • 2 handfuls small broccoli florets
  • Freshly ground sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • Toasted sunflower seeds
  • Fresh flat parsley for garnish


  • In a French oven or large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and green onions and saute until tender.
  • Dissolve the tomato paste in the broth and add to pot, with diced tomatoes, rice and Moroccan seasoning – stir lightly.
  • Bring the liquid to a boil, cover and lower heat to medium low.
  • Simmer over medium low heat until the rice is cooked through (about 40-50 minutes) – stir occasionally and gently so as not to make mushy.
    • Check liquid levels as stirring: if it looks too soupy cook with the lid off; if it’s too dry, add more water.
  • Add spinach and broccoli when rice starts to soften and stir in gently.
  • Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  • Serve immediately and garnish with sunflower seeds and fresh parsley.


Guide: vegan | whole food, plant based | gluten-free | nut-free | sugar-free | soy-free


The following night I was on a web conference for school so my boyfriend roasted an acorn squash and stuffed it with the leftovers! Yum : )


Spinach Vegetable Pilaf in Squash

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