Hulk Hands

Brian and I have been trying to eat at home more- both to save $ and because it’s healthier. We actually have a ton of food in the pantry/freezer, and it’s kind of fun to try and figure out what we can throw together. Tonight I made a baked ziti-type dish using:

  • Whole Wheat Rotini
  • Mushroom Pasta Sauce (Barilla)
  • MSF Soy Crumbles
  • Laughing Cow Light Wedges
  • Red Pepper, chopped
  • Baby Spinach (1/2 bag)
  • Mozzarella
  • Chopped Garlic

I didn’t really measure anything…

1. Preheat oven to 350, and boil rotini until al dente.

2. Heat about a tsp of olive oil in a skillet. Saute red pepper in oil for a few minutes. Add baby spinach and garlic and cook until spinach starts to wilt. Add soy crumbles and cook until thawed.

3. Put spinach mixture in a large bowl and add pasta sauce and 3 Laughing Cow wedges. Stir until cheese melts. Add pasta and mix well.

4. Coat a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick spray. Spread pasta mixture in dish. Top with mozzarella and bake 20-30 minutes, until cheese is melted.

Pre-baked:

And on my plate…

On the side is just some steamed broccoli. I made a sauce of Brummel & Brown, lemon juice, white wine, capers and dill to go on top. YUM.

Okay- I have a secret to share with you guys. You may have noticed that I only include pictures of my right hand, never the left. Well, don’t laugh at me… but it’s because my left hand is GIGANTIC.

Oh the shame. Look at how I dwarf this bunch of bananas:

OOOOH, I crack myself up! I’m actually in the midst of a very top secret baking project right now and needed 2 ripe bananas. Well let me tell you right now: if you don’t have ripe ‘naners at home already then you’re pretty much screwed, my friend. I found this out the hard way tonight at the grocery store. All of the standard bananas were grass-green. I debated substituting plantains (nah, not really) but then lo and behold, Albertson’s had these little monsters: mini bananas. I figure it probably takes the entire bunch to equal 2 mediums, but at least they’re ripe!

So you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for details on the baking project, but here’s another little teaser:

Loves me some butterscotch…

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8 Responses to Hulk Hands

  1. eatingbender says:

    Your gigantic hand is too funny there, Heather ;)

    Thanks for the step-by-step ziti! It looks amazing!

    I can’t wait to see your top secret baking project. I’m curious as to what you think of those mini bananas. I bought them when they were green once and for some reason, they never really ripened. It was blech. It looks likes yours are perfectly ripe though, so maybe I just had a bad bunch! Either way, I’m sure your baking project will be spectacular!

  2. Is that a Rachel Ray garbage bowl? Can’t wait to see what you and your giant left hand bake up!

  3. Rose says:

    I’m excited for the project! Woo!

    Do you like the soy crumbles? And does Brian? I like them, but Bill can’t stand the texture. He refuses to buy them..

  4. ttfn300 says:

    Bananas do ripen quicker in a brown paper bag, but if you needed them right away that wouldn’t be too helpful! Good-looking dinner, I did something similar the other night :) yey for resoursefulness!

  5. rhodeygirltests says:

    OOOOOOOOOOH CAN’T WAIT

  6. maggieb1313 says:

    Hey Heather – Believe it or not this is the first chance I’ve had to read your blog. And as your sister-in-law (closest we’ll have to sisters) that’s just sad I think. I keep waiting to get to try some of these fancy dishes! I look forward to see what can be made from those tiny bananas and butterscotch. That’s my kind of recipe!

  7. Christie says:

    No joke i have made the same exact dish… it just seems to all go together!

  8. heatherwlu says:

    Hangry Heather- They’re identical to RR garbage bowls, but they’re actually from Crate & Barrel… I have a few different sizes and LOVE them

    Rose-We both really like the soy crumbles. I only use them in spaghetti sauce and chili, though- so you can’t really taste them (they just add texture). What did you use them in?

    Maggie- Hellooooo! Welcome to the blog :) How are my niece(s) doing today?

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