Monday, January 12, 2009

Meatless Monday

I go shopping for groceries once every two weeks. Why you ask? Have you ever tried going to the grocery store with kids? Or if you haven't, have you ever seen someone do it? Either way you know why I would want to avoid having to schlep kids around any more than I have to. Plus, it is just plain cold outside lately. Doing this actually makes my trips a lot more relaxed, honestly!
Since I go shopping every two weeks, I also plan meals in two week increments. Here's how it breaks down:
Monday: Meatless or Fish
Tuesday: Tex Mex
Wednesday: Italian
Thursday: Sandwich, Soup, Salad...or some combo of these
Friday: Shabbat Dinner
Saturday: Steak House Night
Sunday: Family Classics

SO, tonight is meatless...manicotti that is!
I like doing something simple on Monday, and this fits into that perfectly. It takes minimal time to put together and is always a family pleaser. You could also do this with large shells.

Spinach and Cheese Manicotti

1 8oz box dried manicotti
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 15oz tub ricotta cheese
1 10oz box frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
2 eggs
1 cup mozzarella cheese, divided
3/4 cup romano cheese, grated
1 jar tomato sauce...whatever you kind you like, or make your own...whatever works.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Once boiling, add the manicotti. Cook for 7 minutes, drain.
Meanwhile, put a little bit of olive oil in a small saute pan over medium heat, add the garlic.
Cook until the garlic is softened. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a medium bowl, add ricotta, spinach, eggs, 3/4 cup mozzarella, and 1/2 cup romano cheese. Add the garlic. Mix until well blended. Place in a large plastic bag.

To assemble, put a little bit of sauce in the bottom of a 13 by 9 inch pan. To fill the manicotti, cut a small triangle in the plastic bag and pipe the filling into each side of the pasta. Add more sauce, to your liking and top with the remaining cheeses. Cover with foil, and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until the top is brown and bubbly.

Serve with a salad, garlic bread, and enjoy!

1 comment:

Reeni♥ said...

I love meatless Monday! Manicotti is such a great comfort meal. Looks delicious!