Pasta Asiago with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Pasta Asiago with Spinich & Sun-Dried Tomatoes | @HipVegetarian

Pasta Asiago with Spinich & Sun-Dried Tomatoes | @HipVegetarian

During the Thanksgiving holiday, I was slightly tired of left overs; so I pulled out a recipe I recently found in the San Antonio Express-News.  Their Taste section is the main reason I subscribe to the Sunday paper, and I have a stack of recipes that I want to try, to prove it.

I made the reduced-fat version of the recipe, which is listed here. I also added chicken strips from Morning Star to give it a protein boost.

Pasta Asiago with Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Makes 6 servings

12 ounces whole-grain pasta
1 bag, Morningstar Chicken Strips
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup finely chopped red onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
11/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup Vegetable broth, divided use
2 cups fat-free half-and-half
1/2 cup grated Asiago cheese
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (not oil-packed)
1 (6-ounce) package baby spinach

Instructions: Boil pasta according to package directions; drain, set aside and keep warm.

Saute chicken strips in a nonstick skillet. Set aside.

In a separate skillet, add olive oil and the red onion. Sauté onion, using broth if necessary to prevent scorching, until soft. Add garlic.

Combine cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of the vegetable broth to dissolve. Add the rest of the broth to the dissolved cornstarch and pour the mixture into the skillet. Bring to a boil. Add half-and-half and return to a boil. Add Asiago cheese and stir. Stir in sun-dried tomatoes.

In a large bowl or pan, combine chicken or shrimp, pasta, sauce and spinach, and stir until the spinach is slightly wilted.

There is a nice tasty, original fattening version of this recipe at http://www.mysanantonio.com/life/food/article/Reduced-Fat-Pasta-with-Spinach-Asiago-and-3982289.php#ixzz2EEn7Ukp7.

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The New Meatloaf

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This savory veggie-meatloaf dish is a family favorite; a recipe that Mom gave me which she received from a friend of a friend.  You know how that goes.

A couple of things to note. I use the Griller Crumbles by MorningStar Farms, however I personally prefer the Worthington Vegetarian Burger, if I have it on hand.  Though it’s not as readily accessible to acquire.  The MorningStar Farms products can be found in your local grocer’s freezer aisle.

Secondly, I like to give my bread cubes what’s called the “Roberts’ Tan.” Meaning, I like to brown the bread really well while sauteing. Also during the saute process I cover the skillet so the moisture is trapped, softening the bread.

I gave this recipe to my friend Mike when he opened up his vegetarian restaurant Green Vegetarian Cuisine, and he was able to create a vegan version by substituting butter for margarine and replacing the cheese with a vegan variety.  He reports that he receives rave reviews from vegetarians and meat consumers alike.

Neatloaf

Neatloaf

Saute:
1 chopped Onion
1 stick of Butter
6 slices Whole Wheat Bread, cube 1 inch squares

Add to:
1 bag of MorningStar Meal Starters Griller Recipe Crumbles
2 cups Cheddar Cheese, grated
4 Eggs
1 tea. Garlic Powder
1 tea. Sage

Heat oven to 350F
Place in greased 9x9x2 pan.

Place on top of Neatloaf the following Sweet & Sour Glaze before Cooking.

Sweet & Sour Glaze
1 cup Ketchup
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 tea. Garlic Powder
1 tea. Lemon Juice

Cook for 35-40 minutes.