Easiest 5-Ingredient Green Rice Recipe

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Green Rice on platter with chicken kabobs on top.  This Recipe takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients.  Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

This Green Rice Recipe takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.  Basil gives it fresh herb flavor, chives bring a slight onion flavor, and spinach rounds it all out with beautiful green color and so many healthy vitamins.  In just a few minutes you can turn your white rice into this fantastic Green Rice Recipe!

Close Up of green rice in pot. This Green Rice Recipe takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

FROM PLAIN TO SUPER RICE! 

While white rice is a great backdrop for sauces and big flavors, it really has very little in the way of nutritional value.  By adding basil, chives, and spinach to it, you are infusing it with flavor, vitamins, and nutrients!!  With the addition of the small amounts of basil and chive, their role here is really to bring the flavor.  But the Spinach is what brings the nutrition to the party!

White rice has very little fiber, but spinach is high in fiber, which makes it a great addition!  While white rice does have Vitamin A, it is lacking on most other vitamins, including the all important Vitamins C which is an antioxidant that promotes skin health and immune function.  And while white rice has 0% calcium, guess what is a great source of calcium?  Yep, spinach!  Check out all of the benefits that spinach brings to the mix.

This rice would go great with any of these main proteins!

Basil, chives, spinach, and sour cream blended in a bowl for Green Rice Recipe. It takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this recipe either a food processor or blender will work. My go-to mini food processor was perfect for the job.

EASY STEPS TO MAKE YOUR GREEN RICE

You can make this Green Rice up to 5 days in advance and reheat heat it.  There really are only 3 easy steps to this.  

1.Make your rice.

2.Add the basil, chives, sour cream and spinach to the blender or food processor and blend.

Basil and chives in food processor for Green Rice Recipe. It takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

Basil, chives, and sour cream in food processor for Green Rice Recipe. It takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

Basil, chives, and spinach in food processor for Green Rice Recipe. It takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

Basil, chives, spinach, and sour cream blended in food processor for Green Rice Recipe. It takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

3.Mix the sauce into the rice.

Basil, chives, spinach, and sour cream blended and added on top of cooked white rice in pot for Green Rice Recipe. It takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

What other herbs could I use?

In place of the basil, you could go with cilantro or dill.  I wouldn’t combine all three together, but select one as your primary flavor.  

If you don’t have chives, you could use 1-2 scallions or skip it all together, but I really like a slight onion flavor in this.  

You could also add parsley.  If you want to add kale, you may want to saute if first to soften it a bit as it has a heartier texture and won’t get as creamy from the raw state as spinach. 

Will other grains work with this?

Of course!  Instead of white rice, you could use brown rice, quinoa, farro, couscous, or even a small pasta, like orzo. 

Can this Green Rice be frozen?

You can make this recipe and freeze it for up to 6 months.  To freeze it, you will want to cool it in the fridge first.  Then you can place it in a large storage bag and flatten it to freeze it.  Or you can spread it out on a sheet pan and freeze it, then transfer it to a container.  You can freeze it in a freezer-safe bowl, but it can take a long time defrost when it’s in a large clump.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Green Rice in pot. This Green Rice Recipe takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

5-Ingredient Easy Green Rice

This Green Rice Recipe takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.  Basil gives it fresh herb flavor, chives bring a slight onion flavor, and spinach rounds it all out with beautiful green color and so many healthy vitamins.  In just a few minutes you can turn your white rice into this fantastic Green Rice Recipe! #ricerecipes #sidedishes #healthysides #greenrice

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 Minute Meal, healthy recipes, meal prep, rice, Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 67 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 20 Basil Leaves
  • 10 Chive Sprigs
  • 2 cups Baby Spinach leaves, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream or Yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Make the rice according to package instructions. Or…to a small-medium pot with a lid, add 4 cups water, 1/2 tsp salt, and rice. Bring water to boil, stir, turn heat down to lowest setting, cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn off the heat, but leave covered until ready to serve.

  2. Add the basil, chives, and sour cream to the blender or food processor. I add the spinach leaves last just so the sour cream is near the bottom and can help it blend. Pulse to start and then blend until smooth and creamy.

    Basil, chives, spinach, and sour cream blended in food processor for Green Rice Recipe. It takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.
  3. Mix the sauce into the rice. Enjoy!

    Green Rice in pot. This Green Rice Recipe takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

Asian Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry & Noodles

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Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles on a plate.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

These Teriyaki Meatballs are sweet, salty, tangy, and so incredibly moist and addictive.  The garlic, ginger, scallion, red bell pepper, and soy sauce all infuse the meatballs with the most amazing flavor.  Combined with a simple Garlic & Ginger Soy Veggie Stir Fry and served over rice noodles, it’s a perfect family dinner.  Drizzle over or dip the meatballs in the tangy Teriyaki mustard sauce and they burst with even more flavor.

Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles on a plate.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

Getting Kids to Try New Flavors

It can be hard to get kids to try new flavors.  But sometimes using familiar foods to introduce new flavors works wonders.  Enter meatballs!  What kid doesn’t like a good meatball, right?  I encourage you to experiment with different flavors and sauces.  I have tried sweet & sour, apple, chipotle, and other flavors, but these Asian meatballs are a favorite because they are unexpected, fun, and just plain delicious!

Here are some other Meatball recipes you can try at home for dinner!

Chopsticks with bite of Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles on a plate.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this recipe, I used a mini food processor for the ingredients for the meatballs. 

For the stir fry, I used my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  It comes with a glass lid, which is perfect for watching your dinner cook!.

Lastly, you will also need a large sheet pan (I use a 17×11) for baking the meatballs.

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR TERIYAKI MEATBALLS DINNER 

You are busy, so these are the steps you can do a day or two in advance to prepare food ahead!  (See the recipe below for more details)

In terms of Prepping ahead, you can make the meatballs and store them raw for a day or two in the fridge or freeze them raw up to 3 months ahead!  You can prep the veggies and make the Teriyaki Mustard Dipping Sauce 1-4 days in advance.  

Let’s start with the veggies.  You can really use whatever veggies you have in the fridge for this stir fry.   I used carrots and broccoli, but you can use celery, zucchini, cabbage, red or green pepper, onions, and more.  Cut the carrots into thin strips and the broccoli into small florets.  

Sliced carrots for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

broccoli florets for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

Combine the Dijon Mustard with the Teriyaki Sauce and ½ tsp Sesame Oil.

Adding teriyaki sauce to dijon for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

Adding sesame oil to teriyaki & dijon for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

Whisk mixing teriyaki mustard sauce for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

Let’s move on to the meatballs.  Peel the garlic. Coarsely chop garlic and scallions and ¼ of the red pepper.  Save some thinly sliced greens from the scallions for garnish if you like.

Cut scallions for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

Cut scallions for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

Peel the ginger. You can scrape the skin off with a spoon, use a peeler or simply cut off the skin. Chop the ginger (the blender will do the rest).
Into the food processor, put the garlic, scallion, red pepper, ginger, chili pepper flakes, and the soy sauce. Pulse for 30 sec, scrape down the bowl and process 1 minute more, or until finely ground.

Ingredients in food processor for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

Ingredients in food processor for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

Ingredients blended in food processor for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

Mix the blended ingredients into meat along with the panko breadcrumbs.

Raw beef and blended ingredients in bowl for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

Raw mixed beef in bowl for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

I use a tablespoon to scoop out the right amount of meat and then roll in a meatball.  Roll meat into 24 balls each about 1.5 to 2 inches in diameter. TIP: score the meat in half, then each in half again, then again to give you 8 equal portions of meat. Then roll 3 balls from each of the 8 portions to give you 24 same-size balls.

Scooping raw mixed beef in bowl for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

Hand holding raw meatball for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

Raw meatballs on pan for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

At this point, you can move on to cooking the meatballs or storing them in the fridge or freezer.  If you want to freeze them, lay them all out on a sheet pan to freeze and then transfer them to a freezer storage bag once frozen.  

COOK YOUR TERIYAKI MEATBALL DINNER

Make the rice noodles by bring a large pot of water up to a boil. Add the rice noodles to the boiling water and push them down to submerge. Stir the noodles as they soften and cook for 5 minutes until the desired texture. Drain and rinse under hot water. Place back in the pot until ready to serve.

Cooked rice noodles in pot for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees. Place the meatballs on an oiled sheet pan. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes (if frozen, cook for 30 min) until browned on the outside and no longer pink on the inside.

Cooked Teriyaki Meatballs to go with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

While the rice noodles and the meatballs are cooking, make the veggie stir fry.  Preheat a large skillet on high and add a tbsp of olive oil and the Carrots. Cook the carrots for about 5 minutes, then add the broccoli, garlic, and ginger.  Stir so that they do not burn and cook for about 5 minutes, until they start to soften.

Carrots cooking in pan for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

Carrots & broccoli cooking in pan for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

Add the water and teriyaki sauce and then stir in the rice noodles, and meatballs to combine and cook for another 3-4 minutes to warm through.

Carrots cooking in pan for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

Carrots, broccoli, cabbage, noodles, & meatballs in pan for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

Serve by garnishing with the scallion slices and drizzle the Dipping sauce over top or serve on the side and enjoy!

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles on a plate.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles on a plate.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas
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Asian Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry & Noodles

These Teriyaki Meatballs are sweet, salty, tangy, and so incredibly moist and delicious with garlic, ginger, scallion, red bell pepper, and soy sauce. Combined with a simple Veggie Stir Fry and served over rice noodles with a Teriyaki Mustard sauce, it's a perfect family dinner.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas #meatballs #glutenfree

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword dinner, easy dinner, family dinner, Meatballs, noodles
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 478 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 4 scallions
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 1/4 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili pepper flakes Optional
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 Tbls Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 pound Ground beef, 90% lean, raise without antibiotics
  • 1/4 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbls Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Teriyaki Mustard Sauce

  • 1/3 cup Teriyaki sauce
  • 1 Tbls Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Sesame oil

Stir Fry & Sauce

  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 cups Broccoli florets
  • 1 cup Carrots, sliced thin
  • 1 tsp Garlic, Minced
  • 1 tsp Ginger, Minced
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 10 oz Vermicelli, Rice noodles uncooked

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Instructions

  1. Peel the garlic cloves. Mince 1 clove for the stir fry. Coarsely chop the remaining 2 cloves garlic and scallions and ¼ of the red pepper.

    Cut scallions for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas
  2. Peel the ginger. You can scrape the skin off with a spoon, use a peeler or simply cut off the skin. Mince 1 tsp for the stir fry and store with the minced garlic. Chop the remaining ginger - about 1 inch of the root (the blender will do the rest).

  3. Into the food processor, put the garlic, scallion, red pepper, ginger, chili pepper flakes (optional), and the soy sauce. Pulse for 30 sec, scrape down the bowl and process 1 minute more, or until finely ground.

    Ingredients blended in food processor for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas
  4. Mix the blended ingredients into meat along with the panko breadcrumbs.

    Raw beef and blended ingredients in bowl for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas
  5. I use a tablespoon to measure out the meat for each meatball. Roll meat into 24 balls each about 1.5 inches in diameter. TIP: score the meat in half, then each in half again, then again to give you 8 equal portions of meat. Then roll 3 balls from each of the 8 portions to give you 24 same-size balls.

    Hand holding raw meatball for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

Cook!

  1. Make the rice noodles by bring a large pot of water up to a boil. Add the rice noodles to the boiling water and push them down to submerge. Stir the noodles as they soften and cook for 5 minutes until the desired texture. Drain and rinse under hot water. Place back in the pot until ready to serve.

    Cooked rice noodles in pot for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees. Place the meatballs on an oiled sheet pan. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes (if frozen, cook for 30 min).

    Cooked Teriyaki Meatballs to go with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas
  3. While the meatballs cook, combine the Dijon Mustard with the Teriyaki Sauce and Sesame Oil.

  4. While the rice and the meatballs are cooking, make the veggie stir fry. Preheat a large skillet on high and add a tbsp of olive oil and the Carrots. Cook the carrots for about 5 minutes, then add the broccoli, garlic, and ginger. Stir so that they do not burn and cook for about 5 minutes, until they start to soften.

    Carrots & broccoli cooking in pan for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas
  5. Add the water and teriyaki sauce and then stir in the rice noodles, and meatballs to combine and cook for another 3-4 minutes to warm through.

    Carrots, broccoli, cabbage, noodles, & meatballs in pan for Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas
  6. Serve the rice noodles, then top with veggies, then the meatballs. Drizzle the Dipping sauce over top or serve on the side and enjoy!

    Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles on a plate.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas