A few years ago, my parents went on a little weekend getaway to Big Bear, CA. They stayed in a lovely condo within walking distance of downtown. They had a fantastic dinner one night which included this rice as a side dish. When my mom got home, she dreamed of this rice and finally called the restaurant to ask for the recipe which they graciously gave to her.
BIG BEAR BEST RICE EVER
2 cups long grain rice (jasmine rice is in the original recipe, but I rarely have it on hand)
4 bouillon cubes - I use vegetable
3 garlic cloves, chopped or minced
8 cups fresh baby spinach leaves (1 whole pre-washed pack from grocery store)
1 cup freshly grated parmesan or asiago cheese
In dutch oven, combine 4 cups water, 2 cups rice, 4 bouillon cubes, and garlic. Cover and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to med low (keep a small simmer going) and cook for 20 minutes or until all water is absorbed and rice is tender and fluffy. Add all the spinach to the pan, then re-cover with lid for 5 minutes. Stir now-wilted spinach into the rice along with the cheese. Adjust seasonings to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy!!