Yummy Stuffed Shells with Cheese & Spinach

I’ve got a new recipe for you all to try! It’s simply delicious. It’s posted here and also under the recipes tab. Enjoy!!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 18 jumbo pasta shells (about 6 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  olive oil
  • 1/4 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 ounces  fresh chorizo, crumbled
  • 1 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 3/4 teaspoon  sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt plus additional for seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper plus additional for seasoning
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 2 cups baby spinach, finely chopped
  • 1cup low-fat ricotta or cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
  • egg white, lightly beaten
  • *optional* 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook shells according to package directions; rinse under cold water, drain and pat dry.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and chorizo and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Drain all but 1 1/2 teaspoons drippings and return pan to stove. Add tomatoes and sugar and season with salt and pepper to taste; simmer until sauce is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Set aside. **Note, you can also add a little balsamic vinegar if you’d like! It gives the sauce a little extra somethin-somethin.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and coat a 9-by-9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  4. Combine spinach, cheeses, egg white and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  5. Spoon half the tomato sauce into prepared dish. Stuff each shell with 1 heaping tablespoon filling and arrange stuffed shells in baking dish. Spoon remaining sauce over shells and cover with aluminum foil.
  6. Bake until pasta is cooked through and sauce begins to bubble, about 30 minutes.
  7. Let rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

New Recipes Sub-Page – Sweet Treats!

Ok, it’s finally time that I start organizing my Recipes page since I keep adding more and more yummy things for you all to look at! I just added a Sweet Treats page under the Recipes page, so if you run your mouse over “Recipes” at the top of my blog, you should see a little sub-menu pop up.

My first recipe in the dessert section is up and ready! Check out my go-to healthy recipe for when I’m craving something warm and sweet. It’s a delicious recipe for cinnamon swirl bread from Jamie Eason’s Live Fit trainer recipes. The first time I made this was about a year ago when I was much better at staying on my healthy food kick than I am now. It is SO delicious and will not leave you feeling guilty since it’s made mostly with healthy ingredients.

Enjoy!

Miss Riley Mae <3

My apologies for being MIA for the last couple weeks. I’ve been wrapping up the end of my senior year in college and it’s been a little crazy! I officially finished my last college project on Tuesday and it’s been a wonderful two days of watching Netflix and relaxing since then. Well…relaxing besides this new little cutie that I adopted last Thursday. I present to you my new sweet (but sassy) puppy friend, miss Riley Mae.

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I know. She’s probably the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. At least that’s how I feel about her. Riley was at the mall a couple weeks ago with an organization called Second Chance, a pet adoption organization that uses what they call foster homes for cats and dogs until they find their “forever home”. Second Chance was at the mall with a bunch of dogs and cats and, after months of looking online for a puppy to adopt or rescue, I saw little miss Riley. She was the only pup of the bunch and was only 8 weeks old when I met her. Three hours later I found myself rolling around on the floor with her and rubbing her belly, only to be told that she had to leave to go back to her foster home. Something drew me to her immediately, so I filled out the adoption paperwork. Two weeks later, I picked her up from her adorable foster mommy’s home and she’s been with me since! :) I quickly realized that having a puppy is a LOT like having a little toddler but I couldn’t be happier with her. I’m interested to see how she interacts with my pup that lives back home with my parents, Mr. Nugget.

Besides introducing Riley into my life, everything else is on the verge of change as well. Graduation is this weekend and I move across the country to Denver in less than three months to start my big girl job. AH! It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years already, but I’m just as excited to see what the future holds as I am scared of leaving all that I know behind. More on that when I’ve had a chance to wrap my head around it :)

In other news, I’ve posted a new stuffed chicken recipe on my recipe page – basil pesto & mozzarella stuffed chicken. It was delicious!

New! Recipes Page – https://avoirlapecheblog.wordpress.com/recipes/

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My Instagram account makes me look like a total foodie (which I will totally admit to) and I often get comments from people who want the recipes that I use, so I made a “Recipes” page for Avoir la pêche! Just made my first post earlier today – a few recipes for delicious parmesan crusted chicken and parmesan garlic orzo, which paired wonderfully together when I made dinner the other night.

For some reason, my current blog theme isn’t showing my Pages tab, so you’ll have to go to https://avoirlapecheblog.wordpress.com/recipes/ to access the recipes for now. Hopefully I’ll have time to fix that soon. Enjoy!