Spicy Garlic and Anchovy Farfalle

Pasta can get boring but I love finding new and exciting recipes to spice up boring ole pasta. This recipe is a keeper!

Spicy Garlic and Anchovy Farfalle

spicy garlic and anchovy farfalle

Ingredients

Kosher salt
1 pound farfalle pasta
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon anchovy paste
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
5 cups baby spinach leaves (about 6 ounces)
½ cup plain breadcrumbs
⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan
Directions
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water.

In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 1/4 cup of the extra-virgin oil over medium heat. Add the anchovy paste, red pepper flakes and garlic. Cook until aromatic, 2 minutes. Add the spinach and 3/4 teaspoon salt, and cook until wilted, about 3 minutes. Add the breadcrumbs and cook until lightly toasted, 2 to 3 minutes.

In a large serving bowl, toss together the breadcrumb mixture, cooked pasta and half of the cheese. Add in the reserved pasta water, if needed, to loosen the pasta. Drizzle with the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil and sprinkle with the remaining cheese, and serve.

Recipe source: http://www.giadadelaurentiis.com/recipes/1181/spicy-garlic-and-anchovy-farfalle

Quinoa and Spinach Un-Mac n’ Cheese

This recipe takes my favorite mac and cheese to a whole new level. Instead of pasta, it uses quinoa which adds protein and cuts back on the carbs. Adding the spinach adds a little vegetable to the dish making it that much more healthy! This recipe has been added to my list of favorite comfort foods!

Quinoa and Spinach Un-Mac n’ Cheese

quinoa and spinach unmac n cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Quinoa
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 3 tablespoons Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Milk
  • Freshly Grated Nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Shallot (minced)
  • 8 ounces Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese (divided)
  • 1 bag Fresh Baby Spinach
  • 4 tablespoons Butter (melted)
  • 3/4 cup Panko Breadcrumbs

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Cook the quinoa according to the package instructions.

In a sauce pan over medium heat, add 3 tablespoons of butter and the shallot. Cook until the shallot is slightly soft then whisk in flour. Continue to whisk until a paste forms and becomes light golden in color.

Whisk in the milk and increase the heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil while whisking. Stir in nutmeg and salt along with the cheddar cheese. When the cheese sauce is smooth, remove from heat.

In a large bowl, mix cooked quinoa, cheese sauce, spinach and half of the parmesan cheese. Transfer mixture to the casserole dish. Top with the remaining parmesan.

In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter and panko breadcrumbs. Sprinkle over the casserole and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Recipe source: http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/quinoa-spinach-un-mac-n-cheese-dana-urbinati

Baked Mozzarella Chicken Rolls

This chicken recipe is like a stuffed chicken parm. The stuffing is definitely what makes this dish delish! The spinach-ricotta filling gives a unique twist to this classic dish. And rolling it up and stuffing it just makes it fun 🙂

Baked Mozzarella Chicken Rolls

baked mozzarella chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts (8 4-ounce pieces)
  • 1 cup whole wheat Italian style bread crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 5 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 1 clove minced garlic and olive oil for sauteeing
  • ½ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • ⅓ cup beaten egg whites (I used something similar to Egg Beaters)
  • 3 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup marinara sauce

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees

2. Prep the chicken: Cut the chicken into 8 pieces and pound the pieces until they are thin (for quick cooking and to make room for more filling).

3. Place the breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl with 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese and set aside.

4. Prep the filling: Chop the spinach and saute it with the garlic and just a drizzle of olive oil for 2-3 minutes or until just barely wilted.

  • Combine the sauteed spinach with the ricotta, Parmesan cheese, and 2-3 tablespoons of the egg whites. Place the remaining egg whites in a separate shallow bowl and set aside.

5. Assemble the chicken: Oil the bottom of a large baking dish. Put a spoonful of ricotta-spinach filling right in the middle and roll the chicken up so that the edges meet to form a “seam”.

  • Dip the entire chicken roll in egg whites, and then roll it in the breadcrumbs. Place in a baking dish, seam side down. Repeat for the remaining 7 pieces of chicken. Bake for 25 minutes.

6. Finishing touches: After 25 minutes, the chicken should be cooked through (white on the inside) and browned on the top. Cover the chicken with the marinara sauce and slices of fresh Mozzarella. Bake for another 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Recipe Source: http://www.lovewithrecipe.com/recipe/681.html

Lemon-Hummus Crusted Chicken

This chicken recipe is so easy and so yummy! I love anything lemon and my husband love tomatoes so I knew this was a healthy choice for us. Also, using hummus to coat the chicken was a great way to cut down the fat. The best part is that this dish takes only 30 minutes to make!

Lemon-Hummus Crusted Chicken

lemon hummus crusted chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 cup hummus (or enough to coat the chicken)
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup panko
  • Salt & pepper
  • Cherry tomatoes

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Arrange the sliced onions at the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, coat chicken in hummus and transfer to baking dish on top of onions.
  3. Drizzle chicken breasts with lemon juice and top with panko, paprika, and salt & pepper.
  4. Scatter the cherry tomatoes around the chicken
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

Recipe Source: http://lovintheoven.com/2014/03/hummus-crusted-lemon-chicken.html

Spinach Balls

I got this recipe from my aunt and I have officially declared this the easiest appetizer (and healthiest) of them all! It is a simple mix, form, and bake routine. You can have these as a side or as an appetizer but either way you can’t get any better than these bite size morsels of goodness!

Spinach Balls

spinach balls

Ingredients

2 packages of frozen chopped spinach; thawed and drained (I used frozen whole spinach in the pic above because that it what I had on hand)
2 cups italian breadcrumbs
1 medium onion, diced
4 eggs
3/4 cup melted margarine or butter
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
Form into balls with your hands (however big or small you prefer). I usually make these as a side, so I half the recipe (because there is only 2 of us), and form the balls about the size of my palm.
Bake on a baking pan for approximately 20 minutes or until golden. Do not let them brown.

Pasta with Olives and Breadcrumbs

This recipe was probably one of the first dishes I ever really made that was more than mac and cheese from a box. My husband is sick so I wanted to make something quick and easy (and yummy!) and this recipe came to mind! I absolutely love olives and my husband has had an obsession with Bloody Mary’s lately so I had a huge jar of olives with pimentos on hand. I used olives with pimentos but you can use any kind of green olives you’d like. You can even add kalamata if you like those as well.

Pasta with Olives and Breadcrumbs

pasta with olives and breadcrumbs

Ingredients

1 pound of pasta of your choice (I used penne because that was just what I had on hand)
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2/3 cup italian dried bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon sea salt, plus more for seasoning
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
3/4 cup pitted and roughly chopped green olives
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (for a little spice)

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the bread crumbs and 1/4 teaspoon each of the sea salt and pepper. Add in the red pepper flakes if you want to add a little spice to the dish, if not simple omit the ingredient. Stirring constantly, cook the breadcrumbs until golden brown, about 2 minutes. You want to keep the breadcrumb mixture moist so if you need to add more olive oil go ahead and do so.

Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water. Stir the pasta into the bread crumb mixture. Remove the pan from the heat and add the green olives. Add the Parmesan cheese, and season the pasta with salt and pepper, to taste. Gently toss to coat, adding reserved pasta water, if needed, to loosen the pasta.

Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/everyday-italian/spaghetti-with-olives-and-bread-crumbs-recipe/index.html