Springer's Kitchen

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Creamy Vegetable Soup

Just over 10 years ago, I was served an amazing vegetable soup with cornbread on my mission.  I asked the sister for the recipe, and she gave me instructions over the phone.  Finally this summer I felt that I was competent enough in the kitchen that I could try decoding my decade-old hurried scribbles.  This is the result.

My favorite part?  My husband, who doesn’t like beans, loves this soup, and I love that he enjoys eating something healthy. 🙂  (P.S. It’s even vegan!)

Ingredients

  • 2 15-ounce cans white beans
  • olive oil
  • water
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes (not drained)
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 cup green beans, chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can kidney beans
  • 1 cup or so of fresh chopped zucchini &/or yellow squash
  • 1 cup small pasta of choice (I use shells)
  • handful of spinach leaves

Directions

In a blender or food processor, puree the beans with enough oil and water to make a smooth paste.  Set aside.

In a large pot, saute onion in oil until translucent (or beginning to caramelize, if you hate onions like I do).  Add garlic, carrot, and celery, and saute a few minutes more.  Add broth, tomatoes, basil, oregano, salt and pepper to taste, and green beans.  Bring to a boil.  Toss in kidney beans, zucchini, and pasta.  Boil until pasta is al dente.  Reduce heat, add spinach leaves, and simmer until wilted.  Stir in white bean puree and simmer until heated through.

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Spinach Quiche

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (or mozzarella and maybe some feta)
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Press ¼ cup cheese onto bottom of crust and bake for 5 minutes.

Over medium-low heat melt butter in a large saucepan.  Add mushrooms, garlic and spinach.  Cook several minutes until mushrooms are giving off juices and spinach is heated through.  Spoon vegetables into crust and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Combine eggs and milk.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir in melted butter.  Pour egg mixture over vegetables and cheese.  Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until center has set.

Adapted from Easy Broccoli Quiche from AllRecipes.com.

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Creamy Spinach Enchiladas

The cup of heavy cream doesn’t exactly help the nutrition content of this veggie-filled dish, but it makes it taste sooo good!

Ingredients

  • 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 6 ounces Cheddar, grated (1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 4.5-ounce cans chopped green chilies
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 8 6-inch corn tortillas, warmed
  • Enchilada topping (recipe follows)

Directions

Heat oven to 400° F. In a medium bowl, mix together the spinach, corn, 1 cup of the Cheddar, and 1 can of the chilies. In a small bowl, stir together the cream, the remaining can of chilies, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

Dividing evenly, roll up the spinach mixture in the tortillas (about ⅓ cup per tortilla). Place seam-side down in a shallow baking dish. Top with the cream sauce and the remaining ½ cup of Cheddar. Cover with foil and bake until bubbling, 15 to 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until golden, 10 to 15 minutes more.  Serve with the following enchilada topping.

Enchilada Topping:

  • 1/4 small red cabbage, thinly sliced (about 4 cups)
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup pepitas (roasted hulled pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

In a large bowl, toss the cabbage and scallions with the pepitas, oil, lime juice, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Serve with the enchiladas.

From Creamy Spinach Enchiladas on RealSimple.com.

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Spinach and Artichoke Baked Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 10-ounce box frozen spinach
  • Salt
  • 13.25 ounce box whole grain short cut pasta
  • 2 tablespoons canola or olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 14-ounce can quartered artichoke hearts, drained, patted dry
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 slightly rounded tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 5 ounces)
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Defrost the spinach in the microwave. Drain, then dry the spinach out as much as possible.

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add salt. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions for al dente.

Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a small skillet over medium to medium-high heat and add the garlic and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add the artichokes and cook until they are lightly brown. Add the broth to deglaze the pan.

While the artichokes and pasta cook, melt the butter in a  medium pot over medium to medium-high heat. When melted, whisk in the flour for 1 minute or so, then whisk in the milk and season with salt, pepper and a little nutmeg. Cook 5 to 6 minutes, or until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, adjust the seasonings and stir in the Mozzarella cheese. Combine the sauce with the spinach, pasta, and artichoke and stir until just combined. Transfer the mixture to a 2-quart baking dish and cover with the remaining cheese.  Bake until cheese is melted and starting to brown on top, about 30 minutes.

Or, cool and store for a make-ahead meal.  When ready to cook, preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Bake on a baking sheet 45 minutes or until brown and bubbly on top.

 

Adapted from Spinach and Artichoke Baked Whole Grain Pasta by Rachel Ray.

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Tyson’s Veggie Lasagne

Ingredients

  • 1 8-ounce stick butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, plus more for topping
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, plus more for topping
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • one head broccoli, chopped
  • one head cauliflower, chopped
  • one pound carrots, sliced
  • bunch of fresh spinach
  • 9 lasagne noodles

Directions

Steam vegetables until tender, but not too soft, about 30 minutes in an electric steamer.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9 by 13 inch baking dish.

Cook lasagne noodles according to package directions until al dente.

Meanwhile, in large pot, melt butter over medium heat.  Cook garlic in butter until fragrant.  Whisk in flour, then slowly pour in milk.  Continue to cook until hot enough to melt the cheese, then stir in mozzarella, Parmesan, and spices.  Gently stir in steamed vegetables.

Place three lasagne noodles lengthwise in dish, and top with half of vegetable cheese mixture.  Layer three more noodles, and top with other half of mixture.  Top with three more noodles, and sprinkle generously with extra mozzarella and Parmesan.

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Spinach Cheese Manicotti

Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce container ricotta cheese
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 26-ounce jars spaghetti sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups water (if needed; I don’t usually)
  • 1 8-ounce package manicotti shells

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a large bowl, combine ricotta, spinach, and egg.  Season with parsley, pepper and garlic powder. Mix in 1 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup Parmesan.  In a separate bowl, stir together spaghetti sauce and water.

Spread 1 cup sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.  Stuff uncooked manicotti shells with ricotta mixture, and arrange in a single layer in the dish.  Cover with remaining sauce.  Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan.

Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 55 minutes, or until noodles are soft.

From Spinach Cheese Manicotti from AllRecipes.com.

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Penne with Spinach Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 2 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 ounce cream cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.  Add the penne and cook until it is tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes.

Mince the garlic in a food processor.  Add the goat cheese, cream cheese, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, and half of the spinach leaves.  Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy.  Set the cheese and spinach mixture aside.

Meanwhile, place the remaining spinach leaves in a large bowl.

Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.  Spoon the pasta atop the spinach leaves in the bowl.  Scrape the cheese and spinach mixture over the pasta mixture and toss to coat, adding enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten.   Sprinkle the Parmesan over and serve.

From Penne with Spinach Sauce by Giada De Laurentiis.

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Lentil Veggie Stew

I love this stew!  It’s a favorite of mine for a healthy, delicious, and satisfying meal.  And if you leave out the Swiss cheese, it’s great as a vegan dish, too!

 

Ingredients

1/4 cup oil

1 carrot, chopped

1/2 onion, chopped

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon marjoram

3 cups vegetable broth

1 cup dry lentils, rinsed

1 15-ounce can tomatoes, diced, stewed, or whatever

1 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed*

1 tablespoon parsley

salt to taste

shredded Swiss cheese

 

Directions

In a large pot, saute carrot and onion in oil until onion is translucent.  Add thyme and marjoram and saute 1 minute more.  Add remaining ingredients, except cheese.  Cook, covered, for 45 minutes, or until lentils are tender.  Remove from heat.  Place 2 tablespoons of Swiss cheese in the bottom of each bowl, and top with hot stew.  Stir in the melty, cheesy goodness, and enjoy the deliciousness!

*When I’m fixing this for other people, I typically use 1/2 the box.

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Spinach and White Bean Soup with Pasta

I got this DE-licious recipe from my friend Becky Jensen, and then didn’t make it for at least THREE YEARS.  I was missing out for so long!

Ingredients

1 small onion, chopped

canola oil

2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed

1 bag or bunch of spinach

2 quarts of vegetable broth

2 15-ounce cans of cannellini beans

1-2 cups uncooked pasta of your choice

Directions

In a large pot, over medium-high heat, saute onion in oil until translucent and starting to turn golden brown.  Add garlic and cook one minute more.  Add spinach, and pour in just enough broth to cover most of the leaves.  Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add beans and remaining broth, and simmer until heated through.  Add pasta of your choice, and cook according to package directions until al dente.  Serve warm, and top with parmesan cheese, if desired.

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