Sunday, August 29, 2010

Monday Meals in Minutes

Hi there!  This is Alli here ready with a great quick & easy Monday night meal complete with dessert.  Since I just moved from Texas to California there is still quite a bit of stuff packed away in boxes.  This includes my cookbooks.  There is a great Rachel Ray 30 minute meal recipe for spanakopita that I really wanted to make one night last week but I couldn't get to the exact recipe.  I thought for sure I could replicate it anyway so off I headed to the grocery store to get the ingredients.  I ended up with a few wrong items and kind of mixed things together as I cooked but the dinner turned out yummy anyway!

1 box of frozen puff pastry dough
1 box of frozen spinach
1 cup shredded mozeralla cheese
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
a pinch of dried basil and oregano and salt and pepper (it's okay for it not to be exact)
1/2 cup of ricotta cheese
1/4 cup chopped onion sauteed in olive oil

1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
2.  Chop and saute the onion in olive oil in a skillet
3.  Defrost the spinach in the microwave then drain it well
4.  Combine the ricotta cheese, spinach, onion, parmesan cheese and spices in a food processor 
5.  Roll out the dough on a cookie sheet and add the spinach mix to each piece of dough (I usually cut it into 6 pieces to make 6 servings) then top it with some mozeralla cheese
6.  fold over the dough & put in oven to cook for about 14 minutes

Pull it out when it is browned on top, let cool, and serve with some marinara for dipping if you like!

The night I made these my son wanted to make strawberry milkshakes which was perfect timing to use the remaining strawberries we had from the farmer's market.

vanilla ice cream
vanilla extract

1.  Mix together the cut up strawberries with 2 tablespoons sugar & 1 teaspoon vanilla extract then let sit while you eat dinner

2.  Mix the strawberries, milk, and ice cream in the blender

3.  pour into a glass & enjoy
...sorry there is no photo for this step but we were ready to drink them!

I hope you have a wonderful time cooking a quick & easy Monday night meal!


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