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Garlicky Spinach-Sausage Gratin

I can’t seem to get enough spinach lately, I’m not sure why.  I’m not complaining though, there are worse things that I could be wanting to put in my body.  This Garlicky Spinach-Sausage Gratin has tons of spinach and tons of garlic and satisfies that crazy spinach craving.  Sausage is sautéed with onion and garlic, mixed with a combination of milk and egg, and stirred with gobs of fresh spinach to make a thick and creamy spinachy-custard.  The topping of parmesan cheese and bread crumbs, once baked, provides a slight saltiness and subtle crunch to this hearty and comforting dish.  I didn’t follow this recipe exactly and used precooked spinach-garlic chicken sausage (ironically, it’s what I had in the fridge) in place of the pork sausage, 1% milk instead of 2%, and store-bought bread crumbs instead of a fresh baguette.  Leaving the sausage out and reducing the milk slightly might make this a good vegetarian dish or even a side to a meal.  I liked this straight out of the oven as a meal in itself so next time you are craving spinach and want something other than salad, keep this in mind.  With so much garlic though, you might want to keep a stick of gum nearby.

The ingredients:

In a large pan, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until soft.  Add in sausage, salt, and red pepper, cooking thoroughly.

Add flour to the pan and cook for 30 seconds.  In a bowl, combine milk and egg, stirring well.  Add to the sausage mixture and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

Remove pan from heat and add in two bags of spinach, one at a time.  Stir together until spinach is wilted.

Pour mixture into a baking pan and top with bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. 

Bake at 450° for 12 minutes.

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:

  • Garlic-spinach chicken sausage
  • 1% milk
  • Store-bought bread crumbs

Overall Rating:  Like It

Source:  Cooking Light Magazine

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

When I told a friend I was going to make enchiladas, she said, “Wow, isn’t that hard?”  Enchiladas may seem like one of those meals you only order in a restaurant but they are actually very easy to make.  These Easy Chicken Enchiladas really are simple…and delicious.  The recipe says to boil the chicken but I baked mine in the oven at 350°F for about 15-20 minutes (until the internal temperature of the chicken read 165°F on a meat thermometer).  The filling is a simple mixture of softened onion and poblano pepper, corn, sour cream, chicken, cilantro and cheese.  This mixture is spooned into warmed corn tortillas (just make sure to work with the tortillas quickly as they tend to tear if they get too cool) and topped with enchilada sauce and more cheese.  This recipe actually calls for salsa verde but I substituted enchilada sauce to keep that authentic enchilada flavor (feel free to stick with salsa if you prefer).  I also used a reduced-fat colby-monterey jack cheese blend which still melted nicely in the oven.  When you get the urge for Mexican food, consider making this at home – it’s much healthier than restaurant enchiladas and just as tasty!

Question:  What’s your favorite Mexican meal?

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:

  • Canned corn
  • Reduced-fat colby-jack cheese
  • enchilada sauce

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Woman’s Day Magazine

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