Beet Greens, Spinach and Onions with Brown RiceBeet Greens, Spinach and Onions with Brown Rice
From Vegan - Vegetarian Recipe Book: How Mary and Frank and Friends Eat

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Beet Greens, Spinach and Onions with Brown Rice
1 bunch Beet Greens
2 lbs. Spinach, fresh or frozen (chopped)
2 Onions, medium size
2 cups Brown Rice cooked in 4 cups water
2 tbsp. Lemon Juice or Lemon Wedges (optional)

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Beet greens, spinach and onions with brown rice is a relatively easy to prepare vegan recipe that will make enough for 4 adult servings as a main meal, or 8 or more servings as a side dish. Preparation and cooking time is about 1 hour. This recipe is also great the next day, and we often store the leftovers in the covered baking dish in our refrigerator.

We usually cook the greens and onions in a large covered baking dish in our microwave oven, and the rice in a pot on our stovetop. The veggies can also be stir-fried with a little water in a wok, or steamed with frequent mixing in a pot on the stovetop with a little water to keep it from sticking.

Begin by cutting the beet green tops off of a large bunch of beets, and wash the beet greens thoroughly. The beets can be stored in the refrigerator for use in another recipe or cut raw into salads.

Wash and peel the onions.

If the spinach is fresh, wash it thoroughly.  If it is frozen (chopped), defrost it.

Place the water in the rice pot on the stovetop and heat to boiling.

While the water is heating, dice the onions and place them in the baking dish, and cook them until the onions become semi-translucent.

When the water boils in the rice pot, add the rice, cover, lower the heat to simmer, and cook until all the water is absorbed into the rice.

While the rice is cooking, chop the beet greens and fresh spinach with a knife or in a food processor.  Place the chopped greens in the baking dish and cook with the onions until the greens are tender. If you are using defrosted frozen spinach, it should be added before cooking.

When the beet greens, spinach and rice are cooked, add the rice to the greens with the lemon juice (if desired), mix well, and let the flavors blend together for about 5 minutes.

Serve and enjoy! 

If you have not added the lemon juice to the beet greens, spinach and rice, it can be served with lemon wedges for people to squeeze over the serving on their plate as desired.

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Vegan FlagThe above recipe is in keeping with God's creation intent (Genesis 1:29-31): 'Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-- everything that has the breath of life in it-- I give every green plant for food." And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.' (NIV) Let no animal suffer or die that we may live!