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Quinoa Spinach Power Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

The kids are almost back in school after the winter break…..time to get back to routine and prepping lunches for myself.

I found this salad on Pinterest which brought me to the website aheadofthyme.com.

I changed this recipe slightly. I pre-cook a bunch of Quinoa to use during the week, so I just took out a measured cup of Quinoa to make this salad. I find this easier than making a cup every time.

The best part about online recipes is the user feedback. I highly suggest that if you come across a great recipe…make sure to take a look at what people said about it. In this Quinoa salad recipe, lots of people swapped out the raisins. I did too. I added red onion. Other highly suggested options where pine nuts and feta. Someone also swapped out the spinach with kale with great results.

Make this salad your own! However, do not change the dressing! It is wonderful on this salad. I made the dressing and used it all on one cup of Quinoa with all my veggies and it was perfect. If you double this recipe, make sure you double the dressing too.

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1/2 cup uncooked Quinoa
2 cups spinach, finely chopped
1 tomato, diced
1/2 cup diced cucumbers
1/4 cup raisins
DRESSING:
1 1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1. In a medium bowl, rinse the Quinoa a few times
2. In a medium saucepan, boil 2 cups of salted water. Add the Quinoa and continue to boil for about 10 minutes until the Quinoa is tender.
3. Drain the Quinoa and let it cool.
4. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, raisins and cooled Quinoa.
5. In a small bowl, make the lemon vinaigrette. Combine the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour onto the salad and toss to coat.
6. Season to taste with more salt and pepper, if needed.

Blueberry and Mango Spinach Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

I am so glad I found this salad recipe on Pinterest. I love the ingredients in this recipe, but I also love the dressing by itself. I will definitely use it other salads.

I used half spinach and half salad greens. I also toasted and added sugar to my pecans. I diced my cucumbers and red onions since I do not have a spiralizler.

If you can not find a ripe mango, you can also use an avocado.

This recipe is from wholesomelicious.com.

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For the salad:
6 cups spinach (or your favorite greens), rinsed
1 cup blueberries, rinsed
1 mango, skinned and chopped
1/2 large red onion
6 inch cucumber
1 cup chopped pecans

For the dressing:
1 cup fresh loose basil leaves
1 clove garlic, crushed
3 Tbsp honey
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp coarse salt
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil

1. Layer your salad beginning with the spinach (or greens)
2. If using a spiralizer, spiralize cucumber and red onion, and place on top spinach.
3. Top with blueberries, mango, and pecans. Set aside.
4. Prepare dressing: Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor, and pulse until smooth.
5. Toss salad dressing with salad, extra dressing can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

6 SERVINGS

Classic Spinach and Artichoke Dip

This dip was so good! It was awesome hot and it was even better cold the next day.
I took this recipe from “The Epicurious Cookbook” by Tanya Steel.

I made this earlier in the day and baked it later that same night.

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10 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and cut into quarters
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 350F.

2. Using paper towels, squeeze the spinach to remove as much liquid as possible, then finely chop and place in a large bowl. Add the artichokes, mozzarella, 3/4 cup Parmesan, the mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic, pepper, and salt and stir to combine. Transfer to a 1 1/2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan, and cover snugly with foil. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.

YIELD : Makes 8 to 10 servings

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Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry

Chef Michael Smith states that this dish is an all-time favourite of his family, in his cookbook “The Best of Chef at Home”, and I can clearly see why.

I really loved this recipe. I especially loved all the greens added in, with the sweet potatoes and the chickpeas. The flavours of the coconut milk and the peanut butter are amazing.

I served my curry with rice since it is very rich.

I used low-fat coconut milk and low-fat peanut butter with great results. I also just used one sweet potato, but it was rather large.

I also used green Thai curry paste. I did not find this recipe to be overly spicy, so I would add more next time. Yellow Thai curry paste is the mildest, red is a bit spicier and green is the spiciest.

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A splash of vegetable oil
1 large onion, diced
3 or 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
A small knob of frozen ginger
1 teaspoon (5 ml) of Thai curry paste
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
One 19oz (540 ml) can of chickpeas
One 14oz (398 ml) can of coconut milk
1 cup (250 ml) of orange juice
1/2 cup (125 ml) of peanut butter or any other nut butter
A sprinkle or two of sea salt
1 cup (250 ml) or so of frozen green peas
Several handfuls of baby spinach
A bunch of chopped cilantro

1. Add a splash or two of vegetable oil to a stockpot over medium-high heat. Toss in the onion and garlic and sauté them until they’re lightly browned, about 5 minutes or so.
2. Grate the frozen ginger into the pan with a microplane grater or standard box grater and add the Thai curry paste. Continue cooking until the spices are heated through and fragrant, another few minutes.
3. Add the sweet potatoes, chickpeas, coconut milk, orange juice, peanut butter and salt. Bring to a simmer, lower the heat and continue simmering until the sweet potatoes are tender,about 30 minutes. Stir in the peas, spinach and cilantro. Serve over rice.

MAKES 6 to 8 SERVINGS

Wilted Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing

I LOVED this salad! I was worried that the spinach would wilt super slimy, but it doesn’t at all.

I took this recipe from Cook’s Illustrated “The New Best Recipe”.

Make sure you use baby spinach since it holds up better to a hot dressing. The cookbook also states that the thick-cut bacon offers more presence and textural interest than thin-cut.

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6 ounces baby spinach (about 8 cups)
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
pinch salt
10 ounces (about 8 slices) thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 medium red onion, chopped medium (about 1/2 cup)
1 small garlic clove, minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 1/2 teaspoon)
3 hard boiled eggs, peeled and quartered lengthwise

1. Place the spinach in a large bowl. Stir the vinegar, sugar, pepper, and salt together in a small bowl until the sugar dissolves; set aside.
2. Fry the bacon in a medium skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Pour the bacon fat into a heatproof bowl, then return 3 tablespoons bacon fat to the skillet. Add the onion to the skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Add the vinegar mixture, then remove the skillet from the heat. Working quickly, scrape the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon to loosen the browned bits. Pour the hot dressing over the spinach, add the bacon, and toss gently with tongs until the spinach is slightly wilted. Divide the salad among individual plates, arrange the egg quarters over each, and serve immediately.
SERVES 4 to 6

Lasagna Rolls

I like this fun way of serving lasagna.  My kids loved having their own individual rolls of goodness. This recipe was taken from “Giada’s Family Dinners” by Giada De Laurentis.  The recipe calls for 3 ounces of thinly sliced prosciutto. I always order from my deli in grams, so I converted from ounces to grams and it works out to 85 grams.  The recipe asks to be sure to squeeze the spinach totally dry in order to avoid a watery dish.  The ” Quick Marinara Sauce” recipe is also on this blog.




Sauce
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of ground nutmeg

Lasagna
1 (15-ounce) container whole-milk ricotta cheese
1 (10-ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3/4 teaspoon salt, plus more for pasta
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
12 dried lasagna noodles
Butter, for baking dish
2 cups “Quick Marinara Sauce”
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (about 4 ounces)

To make the sauce:
1. Melt the butter in a medium, heavy saucepan over medium-low heat.  Add the flour and cook for 3 minutes, whisking continuously.  Whisk in the milk.  Increase the heat to medium-high.  Whisk the sauce until it comes to a simmer and is thick and smooth, about 3 minutes.  Whisk the salt, pepper, and nutmeg into the cream sauce.

To make the lasagna:
1. In a medium bowl, stir together the ricotta, spinach, 1 cup of the Parmesan cheese, prosciutto, egg, the 3/4 teaspoon of salt, and the pepper until blended.
2. Bring a very large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.  Add the lasagna noodles and cook until just tender but still firm to the bite, stirring frequently to prevent the noodles from sticking together. Drain. Arrange the noodles in a single layer on a baking sheet to prevent them from sticking.
3. Preheat the oven to 450F. Butter a 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish.  Spread the cream sauce over the bottom of the prepared dish.
4. Lay out 4 lasagna noodles on a work surface, then spread about 3 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture evenly over each noodle. Roll the noodles up and arrange the rolls, seam sides down and not touching one another, atop the cream sauce.  Repeat with the remaining noodles and ricotta mixture.  Spoon 1 cup of the marinara sauce over the lasagna rooms, then sprinkle with the mozzarella and remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese.  Cover the dish tightly with foil.  Bake until the rolls are heated through and sauce bubbles, about 20 minutes.  Uncover and bake until the cheese on top is golden, about 15 minutes longer.  Let stand for 10 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, heat the remaining marinara sauce in a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat until hot.  Transfer the sauce to a sauce boat and serve alongside.

Makes: 6 Main-course servings





Garlicky Tortellini, Spinach and Tomato Soup

This soup takes 10 minutes to make.  I make it often as it’s super easy and packed with flavour.  This recipe is taken from The Best of Bridge – The Rest of the Best.



1 Tbsp. butter
6-8 cloves garlic, chopped. (use it all – honest!)
4 cups chicken broth
6 oz. (170 g.) cheese tortellini
14 oz. can diced tomatoes with liquid
or 2 1/2 cups skinned, chopped fresh ripe tomatoes
10 oz. (300 g) bag of spinach, stems removed
8-10 fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
parmesan cheese, grated



Instructions:
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute about 2 miinutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Add tortellini and cook halfway (about 5 minutes if frozen, less if using fresh.) Add tomatoes and their liquid; reduce heat to simmer and cook just until pasta is tender. Stir in spinach and basil and cook until wilted, 1-2 minutes. To serve, sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Serves 4.