Posted by: wurdygirl | September 20, 2008

Food Porn

I’ve been pretty lax about trying new recipes lately just because we’ve been so busy with starting back to school and such. Tonight my dear daughter and I decided to cook up something new. We looked through cookbooks today and tried to come up with some good ideas. We came across a recipe in The Dieter’s Cookbookthat looked promising. It was for Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups. Basically, it included lasagna noodles that you roll up individually with a filling of cottage cheese and spinach. It’s topped with homemade veggie spaghetti sauce. Sounds good, right? Well, after a quick trip to Wal-Mart to get the required ingredients, we had to change things up a bit.

First, I couldn’t find Barilla Plus lasagna noodles. I’m a stickler for using this brand of pasta since discovering that it was high protein. It’s made with whole grains and legumes. This means that I can pass it off as being good for me! So, I wound up getting Barilla Plus rotini. Second, why make your own pasta sauce when you can buy some Ragu and be done with it? I’m all about shortcuts around here.

This is what we came out with:

Spinach Rotini Bake

  • 1 box of Barilla Plus rotini
  • 1- 10 oz. box of frozen spinach, cooked and drained
  • 2 c lowfat or nonfat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 c parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • garlic powder, onion powder, pepper to taste
  • 1 jar of Ragu Traditional or whatever spaghetti sauce you like

Cook pasta according to the directions. Cook and drain spinach well. Mix spinach, cottage cheese, half of parmesan cheese, beaten egg, and seasonings together. Add to the noodles. Stir in jar of spaghetti sauce. Place in sprayed baking dish. Add remaining parmesan cheese to the top. Cover.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 45 minutes or until bubbly and cheese browned.

  

I’m telling you…this stuff is delicious!!! I couldn’t eat very much of it because it’s so filling, but I was able to get the taste I was craving. Yum! This is going to become a regular in our household.

On another note, I recently started listening to Brett Dennen. I love his songs! I almost passed out when I clicked on the “She’s Mine” video because he looks kind of like my son from the side. They even have the same glasses. Compare…

Brett Dennen singing “She’s Mine”

 

My son:

 

And this is what happens when your children have too much time on their hands…

 

It’s always so fun to see what kind of pictures I’m going to find when I turn on my camera!

 

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Responses

  1. I have becoming more and more of a vegetarian recently and am always looking for vegetarian easy recipes. I found your Tamale Pie recipe, your Squash Cornbread recipe, and your Spinach Rotini Bake recipe. I can’t wait to make them! Thank you for having a blog and posting easy, healthy vegetarian recipes!!

  2. Thanks, laurelyn! I hope you enjoy them 🙂


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