Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"strong to the finish if you eat your spinach!"

i really do like spinach,
a lot actually.
i just don't always know what to do with it.
i buy this gigantic bag from costco almost every time i'm there,
but it almost always goes to waste.
not this time!
i'm going to do something with spinach everyday until that bag is gone.
i know there must be 100 things to do with it.
so, join me until my bag of spinach is gone.
oh, and PLEASE send me your spinach recipes!

tonight i made this tasty recipe from my sister-in-law sarah.
it was a little bit of time,
but it was definitely worth it!
i felt like i was eating in restaurant.
you must try it!

roasted butternut squash orzo salad
1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-in. cubes
1/2 red onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup orzo pasta
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
3/4 c. dried cranberries
drizzle of olive oil

1. preheat oven to 400. line a baking sheet with foil. place butternut squash cubes, red onion slice, and garlic cloves on prepared baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. season with salt and pepper and gently toss. place in oven and roast for 40-50 minutes, or until squash is tender. make sure you stir once or twice while the squash is roasting.
2. while the butternut squash is roasting, cook the orzo pasta. cook for about 10-12 minutes or until orzo is tender. drain the orzo and put it in a medium bowl.
3. chop the roasted garlic and onions. add the roasted butternut squash, garlic, and onions to the orzo. stir in spinach and dried cranberries. drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. stir once more. serve warm or at room temperature.

serves 4-6


Dana Marie said...

simple salad with feta, dried cranberries and sliced almonds. Dress with oil oil.

beware, drink lots of water with your spinach. It's high in Oxalate which is a major component in most kidney stones ;)

sarah jane said...

you should check out two peas and their pod blog, its a great healthy cooking blog. lots of yummy salad ideas

Arin and Troy said...

I have been adding spinach and diced tomatoes to our scrambled eggs lately. I will just saute them in the pan before I add the eggs. It is really good and adds a little more nutrional value. If you want to add an extra flare, season with a little basil and top with feta cheese. :) Also, do you have the Jessica Seinfeld cookbook? There is a good brownie recipe in there that uses spinach puree. Let me know if you dont have it and I will email it to you.

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