I finally feel back to real life and completely settled in this week! I'm totally better and finally used to kent being gone all day again! I am also back to trying to find new food choices for the dinner table. I really don't like Italian food but I know Kent loves it so I thought I'd give this recipe a whirl. It's a lower (not low) fat manicotti recipe that was pleasantly quite simple and pretty tasty. It got a 7.25 on the do-over scale (for those of you unfamiliar with the scale, anything over a 5 is a do-over). I had NEVER attempted anything of the sort before this evening and I would still classify it as easy.
1 container skim ricotta cheese (it's by the cottage cheese)
1 cup part skim mozzarella
1/3 c Parmesan cheese
3 egg whites, slightly beaten
1 container frozen spinach (thawed, chopped, and well drained)
2 cloves garlic (it needs to be cooked. I just used the preminced in a jar kind so no cooking is needed)
1 *can marinara/spaghetti sauce
1 package manicotti (cooked, drained)
While boiling manicotti (11-13 minutes) mix together 1/2 of Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses and all other ingredients. Drain manicotti and run under cold water (so they can be handled). I only ended up with 10 out of the 14 shells escaping unharmed but 14 would have been too many anyway. Fill the shells with the mixture. The recipe says to spoon it in. YEAH RIGHT. I just used my hands. Place in a greased pan and cover with the can of sauce. Cook 25-35 minutes. Sprinkle with remainder of cheeses and bake five more minutes.
*This Dei Fratelli pizza sauce is possibly the most delicious marinara/pizza sauce I've ever had. I don't even like tomatoes and I could eat it by the spoonful. I have only been able to find the sauce at Meijer. Incidentally Dei Fratelli is a Toledo based family run business. I'm all about shopping local.