Spinach rice parcels

Healthy never tasted so good with this budget friendly vegetarian dish. It's also versatile: a delicious vegan meal if you substitute with vegan or dairy-free pesto... Meatless Mondays answer to the perfect lunch or dinner!

Preparation time : 15 min Cooking time : 45 min Servings : 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cup rice - cooked
  • 1/4 cup parsley - chopped
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • salt - to taste
  • pepper - to taste
  • 3 large bunches Swiss chard - stalks removed
  • 2 cup tomato juice
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
Method

Preheat oven to 180C


Mix together the rice, parsley, pesto, pine nuts, seasoning and the cheddar cheese.


Blanch the Kale or Swiss Chard leaves, then lay two leaves on the counter, overlapping the leaves to make each parcel.


Place a generous amount of rice filling onto the leaves then fold in the edges and roll to enclose the filling in the leaf.


Place 1 cup of tomato juice into the bottom of an oven dish, then place the stuffed leaf parcels on top.


Pour the remaining tomato juice on the top of the parcels, then cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.


Remove the foil then return to the oven to bake for a further 15 minutes, uncovered.


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