Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spinach Feta Empanadas

This recipe comes from the Food Network. The pastry dough is a little different than usual, but let me tell you, it makes all the difference! I tried it with my regular pie dough, and it was good. The cream cheese dough, however, is fantastic!
To kick it up a notch (this does come from Emeril, after all), we substituted 1/2 cup Feta cheese for 1/2 of the cottage cheese. We thought it was awesome this way, but we do love us some Feta at our house. If you don't care for it, follow the original recipe as is.

Spinach Empanadas

Picture of Spinach and Cheese Empanadas Recipe

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Fabulous Fruit Crisp

This is a healthier version of fruit crisp, a perfect way to get some fiber and fruit while feeling a little indulgent. This recipe has great reviews and less than half the butter and sugar of a traditional fruit crisp!
Fabulous Fruit Crisp

Fabulous Fruit Crisp Recipe

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mock Cabbage Lasagna

My roommate in college used to make this, and I will tell you that the first time she mentioned it, I thought she was insane. "Who even eats cabbage?" I thought. "And why would you ruin a good lasagna with it?"

I was wrong. I love this meal, and my 10-year-old loves it, and my husband loves it, and my neighbors love it, and - anyhow, you get the idea. Best of all, it is faster to prepare than regular lasagna because you don't have to preboil the noodles or make sure everything is covered perfectly so that you don't have hard noodles. AND it is HEALTHY. Bonus!

Cabbage Roll Casserole Recipe

Mock Cabbage Lasagna

1 sm head cabbage, coarsely chopped                                    
1/2 tsp salt
2 lb ground beef                                                                                                                                                                        1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 c chopped onion                                                                                                                                                  1 can tomato soup
1 1/2 c. water
1/2 c rice, uncooked                                                                                                                                                  1/2 c grated cheese

Place rice in bottom of greased 9x13 pan. Top with half of cabbage.  Brown hamburger with onion in skillet, salt & pepper to taste.  Spoon half over cabbage.  Whisk soup and water together.  Pour half over ground beef mixture.  Repeat layers of cabbage, meat and sauce.   
Bake covered at 350° for 1 hour. Remove and top with cheese. Return to oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

This recipe can be prepared in a pressure cooker. Brown hamburger and layer as above. Cook on high pressure (9-10 psi) for 5-6 minutes. Release pressure, top with cheese and cover 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Spinach Garlic Soup

I love soup during the winter. This is a really good recipe that our family tried last winter when we had some spinach from our box that needed to be used. It is great with some really yummy rolls, so be sure to pick some up at All Seasons next time you are there so that you can have a nice, warm winter meal!