Creamed Corn

To go with the Spinach Dip, and use up more Parmesan, I made this.

Recipe taken from here.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ears of corn.
  • 1 1/2 TBSP olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 TBSP mayo, room temp
  • 1 TBSP sour cream, room temp
  • 1/4 cup milk, room temp
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3 TBSP Parmesan, grated
  • cayenne

Directions:

1) Heat the oven to 400F.

2) Take the corn off the cob, and mix with olive oil and salt and pepper.

3) Spread on a baking sheet.

4) Roast the corn for 15-20 minutes, turning once or twice, until they are caramelized.

5) Mix the mayo, sour cream, milk, lime juice, Parmesan and cayenne.

6) Pour the corn into the mayo mixture and mix until the corn is covered in the sauce. Add more salt and pepper if you like.

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Hot Spinach Parmesan Dip

We had lots of Parmesan leftover from having a block with no rind, and then needing a rind and still having a whole block left. I thought this was a good way to use it up.

Recipe taken from here.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 20 oz frozen spinach, thawed via the microwave and with the water squeezed out
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika

Directions:

1) Heat the oven to 425F.

2) Heat the oil in a LARGE pan to medium heat.

3) Add the garlic and onion and cook for 5 minutes or until lightly browned.

4) Add the spinach to the onion mixture and coo for 2-3 minutes.

5) Add the milk and cream cheese.

6) Remove from the heat.

7) Add the Parmesan, Mozzarella, pepper and paprika and mix.

8) Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.

9) Pour the dip into the pan.

10) Heat for 20 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.

11) Serve with baguette slices.

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Frittata

I looked around at a few different frittata recipes and came up with this one.

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 leek, just the leafy green part, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 unpacked up spinach
  • 7 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cheese (I used a mix of shredded ‘pizza’ [mozzarella] cheese and grated Parmesan cheese)
  • 1 TBSP dried basil
  • 1/2 TBSP dried oregano
  • 1/2 TBSP dried rosemary
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 green onions, chopped

Directions:

1) Add the vegetable oil to a large pot on medium heat (I used the one I cook soup in as it has a wide bottom and high sides so they eggs and vegetables would not overflow out and it has a top).

2) Add the garlic and onion and cook for 3-5 minutes, until the onion is soft.

3) Add the green pepper, leek, jalapeno and cook for another 3-5 minutes or until the leek is soft.

4) Mix the eggs, milk, cheese, dried basil, dried oregano, dried rosemary, salt and pepper.

5) Add the spinach, place the lid on the pot and cook for 1-2 minutes, until the spinach is wilted.

6) Pour the egg mixture into the pot, top with green onion, turn the heat to low, put the lid on top and cook until the egg is cooked though, about 10 minutes, checking occasionally.

7) Remove from heat and slice and serve with pesto.

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Lemon Pasta

Another take on lemon pasta, the past one had other flavors like mustard and parsley, however this was all lemon and Parmesan which made it more lemon-y to me. Recipe taken from here.

Ingredients:

  • 540g pasta (nearly a whole bag)
  • water
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 2/3 cups Parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cups olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 TBSP dried basil

Directions:

1) Cook the pasta in salted water until cooked though.

2) When straining the pasta, reserve 1 cup of the water.

3) Mix the lemon zest, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt and pepper and basil.

4) Mix with lemon juice with the pasta and slowly add the pasta water until it is cohesive.

5) Serve with extra pepper, dried basil and Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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Parmesan Garlic Orzo

I had a box of orzo sent from America when I asked for risotto, so oh well.

Recipe taken from here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo
  • water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 TBSP garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 TBSP milk
  • salt and pepper
  • parsley

Directions:

1) Cook the orzo in the salted water and drain.

2) Melt the butter in the large pan.

3) Add the garlic and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes.

4) Add the orzo, Parmesan cheese, milk, salt and pepper, and parsley.

5) Serve with whatever you like–I did with braised tofu.

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Italian Wonderpot

I don’t know how ‘Italian’ this is but it’s great. I made a smaller version because I was almost out of pasta, but added more spices. Recipe taken from here.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 6 oz uncooked pasta
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 bag of spinach, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 TBSP dried basil
  • 1 TBSP dried oregano
  • 1/2 TBSP red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • Parmesan cheese
  • parsley

1) In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil.

2) Add everything to the pot and cook for 10-15 minutes, until the pasta is cooked and some of the water has evaporated.

3) Top with cheese and parsley, if desired

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Paula Dean’s Pasta Salad

Who doesn’t love Paula Dean? Maybe diabetics. Regardless, this one doesn’t seem too bad for you. Recipe taken from here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of pasta, 500g
  • water
  • salt
  • 2 cups of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 jar of olives, water drained
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup of balsamic vinaigrette dressing
  • 1 TBSP sugar
  • pepper
  • Parmesan cheese

Directions:

1) Cook the pasta in salted water until done.

2) Drain and let cool.

3) Add the cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, olives and green pepper.

4) Mix the mayonnaise, balsamic vinaigrette dressing and sugar.

5) Add the dressing and pepper and mix before serving (I made the veggies and pasta before work and added the dressing when I got home so it was not too soggy).

6) Top with Parmesan cheese.

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