Because of our warm weather, I was drawn to summer recipes while going through my recipe books. However, since some of the fresh ingredients would not be available to many people this time of the year, I concentrated on oven-required recipes and found a perfect side dish for chicken or pork. BTW: Spinach is rich in iron, vitamin A, and beta-carotene – just what a body needs to ward off winter germs – and mushrooms are full of low-fat nutrition, as well…
Recipe of the Week: Spinach Fettuccine with Mushrooms
8 oz. uncooked spinach fettuccine noodles
1 c. fresh baby bellas, sliced
1 green onion with top, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
4 to 5 c. fresh spinach, coarsely chopped (or 10 oz. frozen pkg. of spinach, thawed and
1 tbs. water
1 container (15 oz.) nonfat ricotta cheese
1/4 c. skim milk
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 c. shredded reduced fat Swiss cheese
Directions: Preheat oven to 350F.
1. Cook pasta according to pkg. directions, omitting the salt. Drain and set aside.
2. Spray medium skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Add mushrooms, onion, and garlic. Cook and stir over medium heat until mushrooms are softened. Add spinach and water. Cover; cook until spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes. (If using frozen spinach, you don’t need the water, just stir in the thawed spinach for a couple minutes.)
3. Combine ricotta cheese, milk, egg, nutmeg, and pepper in large bowl. Gently stir in noodles and vegetables; toss to coat evenly.
4. Lightly coat shallow 1-1/2 qt. casserole with nonstick cooking spray. Spread noodle mixture in dish and sprinkle with Swiss cheese.
5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until knife inserted halfway to center comes out clean.
Thought of the Week: With all the stress, worry, and sleeplessness over my parents this past week, my thoughts turned to the frivolity of football. Last Sunday, Superbowl XLVII ended the NFL 2012/13 season. While the players will recoup for a few months and then begin training for the new season, we fans have to find excitement elsewhere on Sundays, Monday nights, and Thursday nights. What a drag! However, perhaps it’s time for a little reflection about the GAME of football and professional athletes overall.
Fervant fans have a lot to do with sports, but instead of holding themselves to strict moral and physical standards, as role models should, paid athletes have become greedy, less mature and felt themselves above the law. When it comes to the bottomline, athletes are people and most people look out for themselves.
Until the media brought up Ray Lewis’ 2000 murder indictment and the resulting trial, I had forgotten all about it. Then I began asking myself some questions. Why was he allowed to resume playing and be well-paid for it? Why were Michael Vick and Ben Roethlisberger returned to the fold? (Why the hell does the media still find Mike Tyson relevant to anyone?) Why does the public overlook immoral or criminal behavior just for the love of sports (as well as for Hollywood stars like Charlie Sheen)?
By overlooking appalling behaviors and crimes, we are making them acceptable. And, by accepting them, we are putting out a very immoral message to children: if you’re talented and famous, you can get away with murder, rape, molestation, assault, manslaughter, and fraud. No wonder America has so many bullies and so much crime; too few feel there will be consequences and/or implications.
Adult fans take arguing and “getting into it” as okay and pass that onto their children. No wonder disrespect abounds in this country! Money and power are the top priorities, and for those people will do anything (especially in politics!). And fans will shrug off that anything for the love of the game and entertainment.
(courtesy of the NFL)
As for me, my priorities are: family, children around the world, education, and the environment.