Lately I have totally been digging a casserole. They’re typically easy to assemble. I can assemble them ahead of time and bake when I’m ready. Or I can leave them for my husband to put in the oven a half hour before I get home (totally what I did with this one), so he doesn’t have to really do any work and can relax (he works in a kitchen all week, I like to cook at home).
I also like that I can pack a lot of different nutrients and foods into a casserole. And I can usually hide something I do not like into the casserole. In this instance I will confess I am not a spinach fan. Sorry, I know that I really shouldn’t say that, but it’s true. I can sometimes dig it sauteed or steamed but raw spinach or eating it on its own is not my thing. I have mad respect for spinach and its nutritional value. I WANT to like it. Just as I want to like avocado, but it makes me nauseous (literally eating avocado makes me queasy). Therefore, I will include spinach in a way that I find enjoyable.
Say in lasagna for instance. My dad has a really good lasagna with cabbage that I’ve made in the past. And I typically I make lasagna with zucchini strips, totally good. However, they only had puny zucchini at the store and it would take a tone to get the strips that I needed. I did have a ton of spinach, however.
Score, I decided to give it a go. It was totally delicious and very easy to make. Plus, since it’s just Zach and I, we usually have left-overs for another day. I for one love left-overs, because even though I love to cook, sometimes I don’t want to. So heating up left-overs of a delicious meal is completely my fav.
I hope that you all enjoy this recipe!
Spinach Lasagna Continue reading “Spinach Lasagna”
Happy Wednesday y’all! Sorry it’s been so long since I posted, been super busy baking it up and trying to expand my market, developing new recipes. I do a stock pile of recipes to share with you all, though. Today, though, I had to start with this one for Loaded Cauliflower Casserole.
I prepped this on a Saturday, it was super easy, and then just baked in on a Sunday afternoon for the Lions game (my husband is from Michigan, meaning they are die-hard Lions fans). It was so simple, yet so good.
My husband may have even tricked my sister-in-law into eating it. She may be a slightly picky eater, so he told her after eating it, that it was cauliflower and not potatoes. And she did say it was good, so I would consider that a win!
I added chicken for some added protein and so I could make just one single dish. I love one skillet or one dish meals. It makes cleaning up a lot nicer too.
Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
- 1 head cauliflower
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp cream cheese
- 2 chicken breast
- sea salt and pepper
- Italian seasoning
- 6 slices bacon
- one bundle green onion
- 1 cup shredded cheese
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Sometimes I just like to create things on the fly.
This usually means I will look at whatever is in my fridge (usually not a lot) and try to make something edible and hopefully tasty out of it.
I think I got this from my grandma Dreher. She is resourceful. When you don’t have a lot, you can still make good food. My grandfather always loved my grandma for making something out of nothing. Resourcefulness and creativity are traits, which I value. I seek them. I want them. I am.
Last week I was feeling ambitious. I went to the market. I had broth on. I made burgers (click the link for the recipe). I roasted some carrots. I boiled a spaghetti squash.
And then I stopped there. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the squash.
Days later I got off work early, but I wasn’t ready to leave the kitchen yet. I made gingersnaps (posted Monday). I attempted to make caramel filled sunbutter coookies. They failed, but I made them into a cheesecake jar, so all was not lost.
And then I stared at the squash. It was like it was challenging me. What the hell am I going to do with this squash. I was tripped up.
I go back to the fridge for an inventory check.
I have spinach for Kate and Jason. There is some garlic. I have all this cheese that Bob got me. And eggs. Hmm….
Casserole. That is clearly the solution. A breakfast casserole.
And I will confess I was a little (lot) leery of this combination. But I was committed (plus it was what I had to work with).
Result? It was actually pretty freaking tasty, otherwise I wouldn’t be sharing it here! Continue reading “Spaghetti Squash Breakfast Casserole”
I felt a tinge bad about replacing the sweet potato in the casserole. I have decided to give it a second chance, to let it play a sidekick. Today I put together this beautiful hasselback sweet potato and it was relatively easy to make, as well as packed with taste.
Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
I always remembered the marshmallow covered dish at Thanksgivings, but never ever did I go for the sweet potato casserole. I am just not a sweet potato girl. I’ve tried to be friends, I’ve given them every chance, but sometimes you can’t please them all. So I have updated the sweet potato with something I actually enjoy: butternut squash. Here is what I have created. I will say I find marshmallow to be a pain in the ass, and so I have nixed because I have never enjoyed marshmallow. Sorry marshmallow I am replacing you with just pecans. Get over it.
This is my version of a hamburger casserole. The first time I made it, my brother-in-law could not stop exclaiming how fire it was. He crushed the whole sample plate. It is pretty freaking good!