Wow. Somehow last week got away from me! Not sure how that happened, but oh well...
On Monday evening, we continued with the Meatless Monday "tradition". I found a recipe for Spinach Pie on the Trader Joe's website and decided to give it a whirl. It looked pretty yummy on their website, but I have to say that I wasn't terribly impressed... Others would probably disagree, but there was just something about the texture that didn't work for me.
We made a few slight modifications to the recipe, including: added carrots and mushrooms, reduced the amount of cottage cheese slightly, and used a top pie crust. I hadn't planned to use a top pie crust, but there was entirely too much filling and that was the only way I could think to hold it all in! I am not sure why we didn't love it, but we just didn't. We'll definitely be looking for something similar to have in the future, but I think this just had too much of a "mush" taste/feeling. (Don't let this keep you from trying the recipe though! It just wasn't our "style".)
On Thursday evening, we had a healthier version of one of my favorites! I love dirty rice, red beans and rice, and jambalaya. I am not sure if it is the "one pot" aspect or the Cajun-flavors. I found a recipe for Dirty Brown Rice with Shrimp on Skinny Taste. I was excited to try it as soon as I saw it!
We made a few slight modifications, including: used more onion and bell pepper than the recipe called for, 1 pound of ground beef (Trader Joe's 96/4; too lazy to split it up and freeze extra), omitted the scallions (Ooops! This wasn't on purpose). To make things a little easier, I cooked the brown rice on Thursday morning before work. I put it in the fridge and reheated it in the microwave with a little water when I was ready to use it. I always try to do as much prep ahead of time as possible, and this definitely made things easier. This was so delicious! We had a lot leftover and I am looking forward to having it again soon! Try it!