Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Smoked Cheese Ravioli

one 16- to 25-oz bag frozen ravioli (cheese or beef)
one small bunch kale, torn into bite-size pieces
1 c. milk [I used 1%.]
8 oz. smoked Gouda, grated
1tsp dried parsley
1 tsp pepper
dash nutmeg

While the water is boiling, grate the Gouda.  Begin stirring the milk over medium heat.  Add cheese and stir often.

When water is boiling, add the pasta and cook according to the package.  During the last four minutes, add the kale.  Add the parsley and spices to the melted cheese.  Continue stirring.

When the pasta is done, drain.  Return to pot and add cheese sauce.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Apple Oatmeal

4 crisp apples
1 c. steel-cut oats
4 c. water
3 TBSP packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
optional: 1/2 c. honey vanilla or vanilla Greek yogurt

Shred two of the apples using the largest holes of a box grater.

Over med.-high heat, lightly toast the oats (about 2 min.).  Add the water and shredded apples and bring to a boil.  Simmer and cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes.  Meanwhile, chop the other two apples.

Add the apples and spices and continue to cook for 15-20 minutes more, until apples are tender and the oatmean is quite thick.

Serve with a dollop of yogurt if desired.

Click HERE for the original Eating Well recipe.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Ravioli Casserole

(6-8 servings)
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 Tbsp oregano
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
salt & pepper to taste
10 oz frozen spinach, thawed (or fresh)
16 oz bowtie pasta, cooked
1/2 C Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 1/2 C mozzarella, shredded - divided

Brown ground beef with onion and garlic. Put in crockpot and add sauce, tomatoes and seasonings. Cook on low for 6-7 hours. Mix the last four ingredients together, reserving 1/2 C of mozzarella; add to crockpot during the last 30 minutes of cooking, turning crockpot to high. Add 1/2 C mozzarella to melt on top.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Marinated Brussel Sprouts

2 10 oz packages frozen Brussel sprouts (or cook fresh)
1 ½ C sugar
1 C cider vinegar
5 Tbsp horseradish
½ tsp salt
2 Tbsp dry mustard

Cook sprouts until tender, then drain. Heat vinegar, add sugar to dissolve. Add remaining ingredients, and pour over sprouts (sprouts can be cut in half before marinating, if desired). Refrigerate at least 6 hours, or overnight. Drain, and put in bowl, reserving some of the liquid in case any are left over. Enjoy! Diana Miller