Good evening bloggies! Is everyone ready for their three-day weekend? I’m looking forward to having some extra time to catch up on some work/chores and getting a little extra time to relax. Who knows, maybe I’ll get some reading accomplished?
I was starving by the time I got out of work! I snacked on some more Rainier cherries at my desk, but they didn’t last long with holding off my hunger.
I had something really special planned for my Meatless Friday dinner tonight. A few months ago I saw The Pioneer Woman’s recipe for Springy Shells and haven’t been able to get the dish out of my head since! I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand, so I had to make a few modifications.
I started off by chopping up zucchini, spinach, broccoli, and red bell pepper.
While I boiled the shell pasta, I added minced garlic to a heated pan with a splash of white wine. Can I say that I love the smell of wine without sounding like an alcoholic? Because I’m gonna say, but I don’t want you to judge me! I then added all of my chopped veggies with salt and pepper.
Warning, at this point, the smell will be so intoxicating that you will want to eat the veggies straight out of the pan. I can’t stop you, but I’ll warn you that the best is yet to come!
While things continued to cook, I mixed together ricotta cheese, one egg, parmesan cheese, and a small handful of mozzarella. After draining the pasta, I layered everything together.
Pasta layered with ricotta mixture and veggies
Hot out of the oven!
Wow was this good! But next time, I think I would use more garlic, more mozzarella, and of course more white wine! ;-)
To cap off the meal, I had a few spoonfuls from a new ice cream I picked up at the store the other day.
I don’t have a problem eating dairy, but I figured I’d give non-dairy a shot. I have to say, I wasn’t missing the dairy during one single one of those bites! :-D
What does everyone have planned for the weekend? What are you most looking forward to?
I’m planning on spending the weekend getting rejuvenated and catching up on tasks. I think I’m most looking forward to having an easy morning on Monday!
P.S. I just learned that Seattle was the coldest city in the continental U.S. Summer, why do you hate us? Please come! I’ll share some of my Springy Shells and Rainier cherries with you!