Friday, April 29, 2011

Scrumptious shells

My whole family loved these stuffed shells. I adapted a recipe from Carrie's Cooking Corner, using fresh spinach from our garden instead of frozen. I will definitely make this again. I am always glad to have another good meatless recipe on hand.

THE RECIPE:

20 jumbo pasta shells, cooked and drained
16 oz. low-fat cottage cheese
10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained*
1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. Italian seasoning**
At least 16 oz. spaghetti sauce

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix cottage cheese, spinach, 1/2 cup mozzarella, Parmesan and seasoning. Spoon filling into shells. Pour half of spaghetti sauce into bottom of 9x13 baking dish. Line up filled shells in baking dish, then spoon remaining sauce down the middle of each line of shells. Bake 20 minutes. Top with remaining cheese and bake a couple of minutes more.

*I used 4 packed cups fresh spinach, which I washed and cut up into about 1-inch pieces.

**I used 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon dried basil, 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bring on the spring

This is a fun idea for decorating cupcakes. Frost your cupcakes as desired, then cut marshmallows into fourths to make flower petals. I used kitchen shears coated with cooking spray. Use gumdrops for the centers. Fun and easy! Thanks to my cousin Kristy for the idea.