Saturday, July 16, 2011

When all else fails -- comfort food

The words 'comfort food' may be an understatement.

I had hoped to fill the last few blog posts of glorious details of milk chocolate pudgy fingers, dark brown eyes, and little ringlets....

but instead - you get pasta. Cause that's all I got folks. One baby boy referral in past weeks has led to.... zip. zero. zilch. Floodgates opening turned into, well, not.

And, this week we received an email stating that wait times from DTE to referral had been extended for infant girls to 11-18 months. (we will be 11 months July 27th). When we signed on, the wait times for infant girls was 7-10 months with many receiving their referrals in 5-6 months. Which is why we banked on February 2011 as seeing her face. Then, conservatively, early summer. Now.... who knows! We knew it was coming as things were moving too slowly, just kinda hoped that we would be 'luckier' - but we've been told to go ahead and broader our expectations for longer.

So anyway, since Tony is home now, my desire to cook my heart out (literally) can be appeased without knowing that it would be me eating leftovers for 5 days straight after a real meal. Real as in = not from a can.

So my comfort food of choice is spinach. Some it's mac & cheese; me, I go for the super food. I give you one of my favorites........... eat your broken heart out:

Spinach Manicotti

You'll need:

  • 1 pkg manicotti or jumbo shells (I think shells are easier to fill) - cook as directed
  • 1 1/2 cups part-skim ricotta (small container)
  • 1 cup (4 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning (OR I add any fresh herbs I may have - basil, oregano, thyme)
  • 1 (10 oz) chopped frozen spinach, thawed and squeeze water out
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1 jar favorite pasta sauce

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and boil pasta
2) Combine spices, eggs, cheeses, and spinach
3) Run pasta under cold water to stop cooking and then fill with cheese/spinach mixture.
4) If not using baking clay (which I do, surprised??) -- spray 9X13 with cooking spray.
5) Pour sauce over filled shells and bake for 20 minutes.

**there really is no way to mess this up and it is simple and oh, oh so good. Eat your heart out adoption process..... I'll just use spinach to bulk up my strength again if I have to.

**And yes - those are toasted hot dog garlic breadsticks. Cause we is just so-fist-if-i-cated like that. Keepin it real folks, keepin it real!!

**And P.S. - even if you aren't a spinach eater - you will love this. I MADE my 17 year old babysitter try it and she is now begging me for the recipe. My boys have also come over to the Popeye side of life and love spinach pastas and pizza. Green stuff that's good for you!


Me said...

Sounds delicious! I am definitely going to try it!


Angi: Tim Cooper said...

Hey! Is that my Pampered Chef 9 X 13 pan? Looks yummy!

Shannon said...

I think I may need this to get through court closures!:( I guess it's better than eating massive amounts of chocolate!!!!
Praying for you!

Lindsey said...

That looks SO good!

That's too funny that your daughter's name is Addison!! It's a pretty awesome name! :)

We are requesting either gender, 0-24 months.

Praying you guys will hear something soon! Where are you on the 'unofficial' DTE list?