My mom's famous spinach pie is an easy crowd pleaser! It's cheesy and delicious, but still chock full of healthy greens! #dinner #cleaneats @danielleomar

Mom’s Famous Spinach Pie

My mom's famous spinach pie is an easy crowd pleaser! It's cheesy and delicious, but still chock full of healthy greens! #dinner #cleaneats @danielleomar

My mom is known for whipping up a tasty meal, given very little lead time or ingredients. Back in the days when I was living off peanut butter sandwiches for dinner, I could show up at her house, no matter the time, and be guaranteed a home cooked meal. Even today, having “nothing in the house” to me is a full pantry of opportunity for my mom.

Since I’m kind of an anti-baker the idea of a spinach pie is pretty daunting. For my mom, it’s a no-brainer. She can have it mixed up and in the oven baking before I can even gather up all the ingredients. I definitely did not inherit her oven skills, I’m a stovetop cook all the way. And pie crust? No thank you.

She has made this pie for pretty much every occasion under the sun. Parties, pot-lucks, showers, card games, supper clubs, meet-ups, Sunday night dinners — this spinach pie has gotten around and it’s always a hit.

My mom's famous spinach pie is an easy crowd pleaser! It's cheesy and delicious, but still chock full of healthy greens! #dinner #cleaneats @danielleomar

Over the last 20 years I’ve gotten more confident in the kitchen. You might even say I have mastered this spinach pie. Although I still get nervous around the whole pie crust business, the preparation is really quite simple. Frozen spinach, eggs, a few different types of cheese, and some fresh herbs are really all it takes. For this particular spinach pie I used fresh goat cheese — that I actually made myself! My sister and I took a cheese making class last weekend at Georges Mill Farm so I could not resist throwing some fresh goat cheese into the mix. You see, I’ve come a long way.

My mom's famous spinach pie is an easy crowd pleaser! It's cheesy and delicious, but still chock full of healthy greens! #dinner #cleaneats @danielleomar

I actually made this pie for the Recipe Redux challenge this month, which is all about baking up glorious summer pies with a healthy twist, either sweet or savory. I think this pie sits squarely on the fence between a decadent slice of heaven and a healthy serving of greens, don’t you?

Oh, and if you love pie, click the little blue box under the recipe below and you will find a ton of healthy and delicious pie recipes to pin for later.

Happy Baking!

Mom’s Famous Spinach Pie

Ingredients

  • 2 boxes frozen chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 5 scallions, chopped
  • Sea Salt and Pepper
  • Grated nutmeg
  • Prepared pie crust (or make your own if you have the skills!)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Defrost spinach and drain completely.
  3. Saute chopped scallions in butter.
  4. Combine spinach, cheese, eggs, scallions, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  5. Place prepared pie crust in bottom layer of a pie plate.
  6. Add spinach and cheese mixture to pie.
  7. Grate fresh nutmeg over mixture.
  8. Add top layer pie crust and pinch pie closed. Brush with egg or milk.
  9. Bake at 375 for 40-45 mins.
http://foodconfidence.com/2015/06/22/moms-famous-spinach-pie/

 

Nourish: 21 Days of Clean Eating spring program starts April 13th

Asparagus and white beans with cilantro pesto -- the perfect weeknight dinner! @danielleomar #glutenfree #cleaneating

Asparagus and White Beans with Cilantro Pesto

asparagus and white beans with cilantro pesto -- the perfect weeknight dinner! @danielleomar #glutenfree #cleaneating

If I had to choose grains or beans, I would be in the bean camp. They are so creamy and delicious! Oftentimes when I see a yummy pasta dish I will replace the pasta with beans. That’s what I did with this recipe and you can totally do it, too.

I do realize that beans and grains together are also pretty dreamy; I could not stop eating this dish straight out of the pan. But if I had to choose on or the other…beans would win. This says a lot since I grew up eating pasta by the pound!

I was inspired to make this Asparagus and White Bean saute while perusing my neighborhood Whole Foods. They have a bulk dried bean bar and I can’t seem to walk by it without bringing home a new variety. I usually take a picture of the label so I remember what I bought when I get home. I haven’t made the “Tongues of Fire” beans yet but they are next in the rotation. Whole Foods Fresh BeansThe beans I used in my Asparagus and White Bean recipe are called white runner beans. They are an off-white colored bean with a delicious creamy flavor. I was inspired by the fact that they turned bright white when soaked. They are very similar to a lima bean but but are a little bigger and creamier.

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This dish was so simple to whip up! I just sauteed the veggies with the beans and then tossed them with the cilantro pesto. I hope you will experiment with dried beans this summer!

Asparagus and White Beans with Cilantro Pesto

Asparagus and White Beans with Cilantro Pesto

Ingredients

  • 1 pound white runner beans
  • 1 pound asparagus, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • For the Pesto:
  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • dash sea salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. To prepare the beans, cover and soak for 3 to 8 hours (or overnight) at room temperature. When ready to cook, drain and rinse beans well and place in a large pot, covering beans by about 2 inches of water. Season with salt and simmer 40 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  2. To prepare the pesto, place ingredients in blender or food processor and blend until well combined.
  3. To prepare vegetables, melt coconut oil in saute pan. Add chopped asparagus and saute until softened. Then add cherry tomatoes and cook for a few minutes more. Stir in 2 or so cups of beans with the pesto and stir well. Cook everything together for a few minutes and serve!
http://foodconfidence.com/2015/06/19/asparagus-and-white-beans-with-cilantro-pesto/

Nourish: 21 Days of Clean Eating spring program starts April 13th

Wild Blueberry Pasta with Peas and Microgreens

Pasta Salad with Wild Blueberries

This pasta salad is sure to please all summer long. It’s antioxidant rich, high in fiber, super flavorful, and so pretty to look at!

Pasta Salad with Wild Blueberries

I love cold pasta, especially when the weather gets warmer. It’s the perfect way to highlight the best of what spring and summer has to offer. For this pasta salad I used English peas from Trader Joe’s and my favorite microgreens from Whole Foods. I also snuck in a ton of fiber by using a whole grain Orecchiette. The Orecchiette was a perfect fit because the English peas and Wild Blueberries naturally fall right into the “little ears” of the pasta. If you can’t find those, the shell style pasta would work great, too! Any veggie would also work with this dish, as would your favorite microgreen for the base. The “drunken goat cheese” added a tangy flavor and holds up well being tossed around in the pasta.

Wild Blueberry Pasta with Peas and Microgreens

Hany is not a huge fan of whole grain pasta so it was kind of fun disguising it by stirring in a cup of Wild Blueberries, which turned the unappetizing brown pasta salad into a gorgeous purple!

Wild Blueberry Pasta with Peas and MicrogreensSo the next time you have veggies in your fridge that need cooking (I know you do) just steam ’em up and toss them into a cold pasta salad. Chopped baby spinach or baby kale would be great, as would sauteed asparagus, broccoli, roasted corn, or zucchini. Then just toss it all together with a vinaigrette dressing. So simple and such a great way to use up your produce!

Wild Blueberry Pasta with Peas and Microgreens

I created this pasta salad for the folks over at Wild Blueberries, so head over there by clicking here to get the recipe. Enjoy!