Tag Archives: Spinach

Creamy Spinach Mushroom Orzo

10 Dec
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I buy huge tubs of spinach at Sam’s and can never get through it fresh before it starts to get oh so slimy.  I’m always looking for ways, other than a basic sautee, to serve it, and found a winner here.  But don’t take my word for it.    IMG_8693-001
  • 12 ounces orzo
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 4 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, rinsed well & chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese
Cook orzo according to package directions.  In a large skillet over med-high heat, cook garlic, onion & thyme in oil for about a minute.
Add mushrooms, cook about 8 minutes, stirring often, until the mushrooms begin to brown& their juices begin to run.
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Sprinkle with flour& stir about one minute, then slowly begin to add the milk, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.  Stir in the spinach, basil, salt& pepper& cook until the spinach begins to wilt.
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Serve sauce over pasta & grate fresh parmesan cheese over individual servings.
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Recipe inspired by Moody on food.com
Photos by me, My Little Food Spot

Chicken Spinach Parmesan

22 Jan


I doubled the recipe for the two of us and it was just the right amount…not stuffed and no leftovers.

The spinach with the marinara was really yummy so if you’re looking for a quick, tasty side, just take out the chicken.


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 Tbsp Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup marinara
  • 1 small clove garlic, crushed
  • 3 handfuls baby spinach leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

    1. Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.

    2. As the oil is heating, pound the chicken to 1/4-inch thickness, then sprinkle with bread crumbs, cheese, salt, and pepper, pressing so the crumbs stick.

    3. Place in the pan with the garlic and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Top with hot marinara. Add the spinach, turning frequently with tongs until it wilts (about 6 minutes).

Knorr Spinach Dip

11 Jul


  • 10 oz frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1.4 oz packet Knorr Vegetable Soup and Recipe Mix
  • 8 oz can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 3  green onions, chopped


Mix all ingredients and chill at least 2 hours.  Serve with crackers, veggies or chunks of bread.

Spinach Artichoke Dip

11 Jul


  • 14 oz can artichoke hearts, finely chopped
  • 10 oz chopped, frozen spinach
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup light sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper
  • 2 clove garlic, pressed

1.  Mix all ingredients together.
2.  Transfer into a 1-qt baking dish
3.  Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.
4.  Serve with tortilla chips or toasted bread.