Posted on November 15, 2008 by Jessica
And then, there were leftovers! I had pine nuts on my counter that were an impulse buy. Spinach in the bag was leftover from the lasagna spirals, plus I kept a couple spirals in the fridge for lunch today. I figured I’d have a chance to get some natural daylight as a light source.
I found a recipe for spinach with pine nuts (see recipezaar recipe here) and served it with the nuked lasagna spirals.
Badaboom. Big badaboom. Microwave + spiral == a mess. I don’t like microwaving in plastic so put it on a plate. I forgot to put a shield over it. Oops. But it cleaned up easily.
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Posted on November 14, 2008 by Jessica
When I saw lasagna spirals on Lynn’s blog, I knew I had to give it a try. I added it to my first menu and here it is. Rolling up little lasagnas sounded work intensive but wasn’t that bad. Also, they’re so fancy looking that I have something for a fancy menu.
This did take longer than I thought to make though. I didn’t get to try one until 9 p.m. Substitutions that I used were dried oregano and dried basil for the fresh basil. I couldn’t see buying all that basil for just a tablespoon. (Window sill herb garden, you say. I know, I say.)
Most of this was already on hand except the ricotta (low-fat) and fresh spinach. I wonder how it’d be with frozen spinach instead….
Hi, I’m a big tray of awesomeness. You know you want me.
Of course there was enough for quite a few servings so I took Lynn’s advice and grabbed all the one-cup containers I had. I found that I didn’t have as many as I thought so I started grabbing other containers. Let’s see which do best!
Ready for the freezer. Here’s hoping!
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Posted on October 31, 2008 by Jessica
The smell was Heaven! It was very quick and easy and tasted fantastic. The omnivore said when it was in the pan, “Oh, you’re sneaking that vegetarian stuff in on me.” No. I’m not sneaking. I’m on day four-ish though of meatlessness. It requires experimentation.
I was still eating while attending my online master’s degree class. Thankfully, I finished before it was my turn to talk.
I think to save time, I can have the spinach/mushroom mixture cooked before. I just had enough for three quesadillas and two were eaten by the omnivore. (Yep, that good.) Also, next time, I will serve it with something wet like salsa.
Before I put the top tortilla on:
Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas
from: Martha Stewart
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 medium red onions, thinly sliced
- 8 ounces (2 1/4 cups) button or cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 6 ounces (about 8 cups) prewashed spinach, shredded
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 8 flour tortillas (8-inch)
- 8 ounces (2 cups) pepper Jack cheese, shredded
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a 12-inch skillet over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon oil. Cook the onions, stirring occasionally, until lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until they’re tender, 6 to 8 minutes.
- Add spinach in two batches, letting the first batch wilt slightly before adding the next; cook until spinach is completely wilted and mixture is dry, 2 to 3 minutes total. Season with salt and pepper.
- Brush one side of tortillas with remaining tablespoon oil. Place 4 tortillas, oiled sides down, on two baking sheets. Layer each tortilla with cheese, spinach mixture, and more cheese, dividing evenly. Top with the remaining 4 tortillas, oiled sides up, and lightly press to seal.
- Bake until cheese has melted and tortillas are golden brown, turning them once, about 10 minutes. To serve, cut quesadillas into quarters.
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Posted on June 25, 2008 by Jessica
Wow. Number 6 already? I found a tin of miniature letter cutters and got a little silly with my Laughing Cow babybel.
Clockwise, starting at the top left: Fat-free cottage cheese with bits of oranges and cantaloupe in it. A pile of plum and orange slices. Next is a Laughing Cow Light Babybel on top of spinach on top of orange slices. Last, but not least, is a bunch of cantaloupe balls with plum slices.The theme of this is cozy neighbors. A little of one container is in another container. Did I mention I was in a silly mood?
I started to get the hang of making balls out of my cantaloupe near the end. A few have rind on them. Oops!
WW Core except for the Laughing Cow (1 point). I just had to try these little letter cutters that I found in a drawer. I wanted to do “C” for cheese but it didn’t have “C”! No idea why. So, this is “N” for “NUM!” Also, a little gotcha… I forgot that there is a paper(?) string thing and the cut-out didn’t pop out as easily as I thought it would so had to cut along the edges of the “N.” When I got to work, I peeled off the strips and it put a slash through it making it look like “No N.” Or maybe it’s a “Z”!
Yes. I’m easily amused.
I also discovered that I don’t like orange plus cottage cheese. And the plum was very tangy but was told they’re supposed to be sweet so I’ll try that again. I still really like the combination of spinach and orange.
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Posted on June 25, 2008 by Jessica
Two thumbs up!
I wanted to buy a low-cal, low-fat wrap for sandwiches (yes, thinking about my laptop lunch makings) and found among the wraps a weird looking oblong wrap. Brand name is Flatout and after looking at the nutritional values of those available, I got the Honey Whole Wheat one. It’s a lot of good bread for just 1 point. Odd though, I can’t find it on the Flatout website. This is the closest to the nutritional value that I found: Multi-grain Flatout.
The texture is great. It’s not scratchy or heavy wheat. It didn’t fall apart like the one tortilla ‘sandwich’ that I made did.
I looked on the website to try and figure out how I was supposed to use it. I found a few recipes but no play-by-play. So, I went with the generic “put the stuff on round end of the bread and then roll tightly.” I smooshed the cheese on the bottom using a wet tablespoon. It made the spreading of the cheese much easier. I then put on spinach, some thinly sliced turkey breast, and some slices of tomatoes. I rolled up from the filled end as tightly as I could but couldn’t do too tightly because of the tomatoes.
It held together very well considering I take my sandwiches so dry — no mayo, etc. I sliced it in half and it still held up well.
Fantastic product! I can’t wait to try some other ideas with it. Interestingly enough, after I bought it, I saw a fellow blogger post her fajita photo made with Flatout bread. So weird to go from never knowing about a product to buying it and seeing it in use shortly after!
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