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Cheesy Spinach and Cilantro Rice [Vegan]

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A quick, easy, and compassionate alternative to traditional cheesy rice, with the addition of spinach and cilantro.

Cheesy Spinach and Cilantro Rice [Vegan]

This Recipe is :

Dairy Free Vegan


  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 2 cups baby spinach, packed


  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for 2 hours in water
  • 3/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup millet flour
  • 3 cups non-dairy milk
  • salt to taste
  • 2-3 tsp chili powder
  • 2 cups chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Cook rice according to package directions.
  2. Just before rice is finished cooking (when only a small amount of liquid remains in pot), uncover and place spinach leaves on top of cooking rice.
  3. Re-cover rice and continue to cook until both spinach and rice is tender.
  4. Stir together to combine spinach and rice.
  5. Drain cashews and puree in blender with about 1/2 cup water, or more if needed, until very smooth, about 5 minutes.
  6. In 2 quart saucepan, whisk together nutritional yeast,millet flour, and about 2 cups non-dairy milk until no lumps of flour or nutritional yeast remain.
  7. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened.
  8. Add in puréed cashews, chili powder, and additional non-dairy milk and keep whisking until the sauce is the consistency of a thick pancake batter.
  9. Salt to taste.
  10. Remove from heat and stir in chopped cilantro.
  11. Combine sauce with rice and mix together completely.
  12. Garnish with a little more nutritional yeast and additional cilantro and serve hot.



Variation: If you dislike cilantro, feel free to leave it out and add more spinach, parsley, or steamed broccoli florets in place of it.





Allyson Kramer is the founder, recipe developer, and photographer behind the food blog Manifest Vegan. Her focus is on providing recipes that are vegan and also gluten free. Delicious food is her passion, and she’s determined to show people that eating compassionately while being gluten free is easier than it sounds. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find Allyson snuggling on the couch with her animal pals and poring over her vast collection of cookbooks.



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2 comments on “Cheesy Spinach and Cilantro Rice [Vegan]”

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1 Years Ago

Missing section of ingredients

Regina Farris
3 Years Ago

TWO cups of cilantro?

6 Years Ago

Looks amazing; thanks. Is it possible to use a substitute for the millet flour? Say, plain flour...?

6 Years Ago

i can't wait to make this!


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