I’ve been lazy about blogging this week! I have a few great meals to catch up on.
On Sunday, I went to see Marley and Me. It was a great movie, but I sobbed. A lot. It was worth it, though. Being the wonderful guy Ross is, he made me a great dinner. Homemade manicotti! ALL homemade! He found a recipe in the Everyday with Rachael Ray magazine for them using crepes as the pasta. Here’s the recipe. He claims it was easy.
Three Cheese Manicotti
2 c ricotta cheese
1 3/4 c shredded mozzarella cheese
3/4 c grated romano cheese
1/3 c flat leaf parsley
2 tablespoons milk
3 large eggs
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3 c meat sauce (store bought or your own)
Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella, 1/2 cup romano, the parsley and milk.
In a bowl, whisk the eggs with 1 cup water. Whisk in the flour.
Heat a greased 8″ nonstick skillet over medium heat. Ladle 3 tablespoons batter into the skillet, swirling to cover the surface of the pan. Cook for 1 minute, flip and cook for 1 minute more. Repeat with remaining batter, greasing the skillet after each crepe. Stack the crepes on a plate.
Spread half of the meat sauce in a 9×13 pan. Spoon the cheese mixture down the middle of each crepe. Roll closed; arrange in the baking dish. Top with the remaining meat sauce and cheeses. Bake for 25 min.
Ross used regular marinara sauce and added browned ground beef/sausage mixture in with the cheese. He also sauteed onions with the meat mixture. It was awesome!
Last night we wanted something quick and easy since we were both pretty tired. I made chicken tenders, seasoned with some Mediterranean spices and drizzled with balsamic vinegar. I put those on top of Rachael Ray’s Orzo with Chick Peas and it was delicious! I love orzo and was excited to have a new recipe to use.
Today Ross found out that he got a promotion! I told him he could pick if he wanted to go out to celebrate or stay home, and he decided to stay home and have… paninis! He wanted something with ham. I searched for recipes, but couldn’t find anything too interesting, so I made one up. I used French bread and Ross used honey wheat. We put swiss cheese on the bread, honey ham, thinly sliced Granny Smith apples and some red onion slices. I made up a sauce that I put on mine by mixing together some mayo, a little Dijon mustard and some honey. We grilled them up and they were delicious!
As a side note, one of my best friends had a baby yesterday. Richale gave birth to KJ very early and he weighs only 1.4 pounds. They were out of town for his birth, so although they live in Washington state, they are in Nevada indefinitely. She’s told me he’s a fighter and is doing well considering how tiny he is. Please keep Richale, Kyle and KJ in your thoughts and/or prayers. I know they would appreciate it and I would, too!