The difference? Incredible. I don't know that anyone else in the house noticed that I stopped making food on Sundays, but I sure did. Not only did things feel a lot less hectic and lunch was served earlier, but it felt like the right thing to do considering Sundays are our Sabbath.
It goes like this. Friday night is pizza night- one for the kids and one for us. The kids get plain cheese and we get pesto, tomato (roasted or fresh) and mozzarella or Malaysian Chicken or Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Caramelized Onion and Feta. Saturday is usually a busy day of outdoor projects, errands, etc, so it lends itself well to leftover pizza for dinner. Also on my agenda for Saturday is to prepare Sunday noon's meal.
This past Saturday found me putting together Spinach Stuffed Shells and it occurred to me that I haven't shared this recipe here yet. The recipe was inspired by a college friend, Jessica, who used cottage cheese instead of ricotta in her stuffed shells. I'm pretty sure she was using cottage cheese to cut down on fat, but I have found that the lighter version is much easier on my stomach. Remember this car trip? That was after eating stuffed shells with ricotta. Enough said.
Spinach Stuffed Shells
I often make two 8 x 8 pans of these shells instead of one 9 x 13. One pan we eat right away and the other I freeze (unbaked) for another Sunday.
1 large box (12 or 16 ounce) jumbo shells
2 tbsp. olive oil
6 cups packed spinach, washed and torn into bite-sized pieces
24 ounces cottage cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup plain bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 quart (32 ounces) tomato sauce
Cook shells according to directions and drain. While shells are cooking, place olive oil and spinach in a skillet. Toss and cook spinach over medium high heat until wilted, but still bright green. Transfer the spinach to a large bowl and add remaining ingredients except tomato sauce. Combine filling ingredients well. Once shells are cooked, drained and cooled a bit, spoon a heaping tablespoon of cheese and spinach filling into each shell and lay them seam side down in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray, forming a second layer if needed. Spoon tomato sauce over and around each shell, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Pin It