Spanish-Style Rice with Nested Arugula

When I was a kid in Montana, my mom used to call this dish “Spanish Rice.” I make it a little differently. Arugula and fresh cilantro were way too “exotic” to find on the menu in Montana back then, but now they’re mainstream.

Use last night’s leftover rice for tonight’s meal.

Grocery List Spanish Beans and Rice with Nested Arugula
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Wednesday, Spanish-style Rice with Nested Arugula


garlic (if needed) 

1 yellow onion

1 bag organic arugula

3 kiwis

Canned/Dried Foods

brown rice  (if needed)

one 15 oz. can no-salt chunky tomatoes

one 15 oz. can black beans 

extra virgin olive oil  (if needed)

balsamic vinegar  (if needed)

molasses  (if needed)

honey  (if needed)

chili powder  (if needed)

dried oregano leaves  (if needed)

ground cumin  (if needed)

Frozen Foods


Chilled Foods/Dairy

crumbled feta cheese


Nutritional Value SpanishBeansRice and Arugula

Nutritional Analysis

Spanish-Style Rice n Beans with Nested Arugula

Per Serving

Calories: 560

Protein: 18 g

Carbohydrates: 97 g

Total Fat: 12 g

(Saturated Fat:) 4.5 g

Dietary Fiber: 18 g

Cholesterol: 20 mg

Sodium: 680 mg

% calories from fat: 19.5 %

Serving Size:

Two and one-fourth Cups beans and rice mixture with one and one-fourth cup dressed arugula and 1 kiwi.