Saturday, April 20, 2013

Birthday Comfort Food + Spinach Salad Recipe

What to eat, or what not to eat: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler to cook from scratch
Possibly eating healthier in the process,
Or to order pizza from down the street,
And enjoy every bite?

Ah, the nightly debate. My husband and I usually eat dinner together, so the daily question is, “What do you want to do for dinner?” We both like to cook, but sometimes we just want something quick and easy. It can help to plan ahead, but we also have our frozen entree and pizza delivery stand-bys for when it gets late and we’re just too hungry and tired to put in any effort.
Tonight, however, we didn’t eat at a restaurant or slave in the kitchen. My mom had us over for dinner as an early celebration for my husband’s birthday.

carrot cake
The menu:

Macaroni and cheese (not sure where the recipe came from, but it’s one of my mom’s standbys)
Cheeseburger meatloaf (Paula Deen recipe)
Spinach salad (made up by my mom)
Carrot cake (family recipe)

meatloaf, mac&cheese, spinach salad

Granted, this wasn’t the healthiest meal, but it was quite tasty in the comfort food sort of way.  The only healthy part was the spinach salad, so in an effort to help the greater good with recipes that get us to eat our greens (and because that’s the only recipe I have on hand), here is the easy and delicious spinach salad recipe:

9oz baby spinach
2 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp chopped oregano
1 c chopped onions
optional: bacon, shredded cheese, chopped bell peppers

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until combined.

Voila.  It’s that easy.  This is great as a side dish and has become a staple at my mom’s house.  It’s also great as a topping on sandwiches.

That’s all for tonight.  Happy eating.

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