Thanksgiving Spinach Pilaf With Cashews | Cooking With Jade The Food and Travel Blog by Chef Jade

Thanksgiving Spinach Pilaf With Cashews


Try this super healthy, super tasty, and budget-friendly pilaf recipe that used brown rice, spinach, and featured cashews. If you’re looking for a delicious, healthy, and easy side dish, you’ve found it with this recipe for Spinach Pilaf With Cashews. It’s perfect for a holiday feast or a casual potluck.

(Cooking Time: 15 minutes Preparation Time: 40 minutes Servings: 4-5)


Amount per Serving / Calories 281g / Fats 4g / Cholesterol 12mg / Total Carbohydrate 20g / Protein 8g


  • Rice Cooker
  • Sauté Pan
  • Plate


  • 2 cups of rice
  • 1 pound of fresh or 200g frozen spinach
  • 1 ½ cups of chickpeas
  • 1 cup of cashew nuts
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cup of vegetable or meat stock
  • 1 tablespoon oil (olive or sunflower)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch of ground black pepper


  • Cook the rice in the rice cooker in the vegetable or meat broth, but a little less than necessary. It will finish cooking with all the vegetables. In the cooker: 1 volume of rice for 1.5 volumes of liquid.
  • If you don’t have a rice cooker, cook the rice in a sauté pan as for rice pilaf.
  • For rice pilaf in general it is 1 volume of rice and 2 volumes of liquid. Once the rice is0 cooked to perfections, set it aside.
  • Peel and chop the onion (in very small dice). Rinse and drain the spinach, leaving the stems.
  • In a skillet; sauté the onion for 3-4 minutes. Add the spinach and make them wilt (they will sag and lose volume).
  • Add the chickpeas, cover and continue cooking over low heat for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, add the rice, mix well and continue cooking uncovered for 5 minutes. Adjust the seasoning.
  • At the last moment, in a dry pan, roast the cashews for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Arrange on plates, add the cashew nuts on top so that they don’t soften before tasting. Serve and enjoy your dinner!

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