Thursday, September 27, 2012

Easy Meals on Hand

Lately, I've been making up large quantities of food for myself to be able to grab when I need a little something. I make enough for about 7-10 snack size servings for the week. This past week was Tabouleh (recipe here) and this week is Spanakopita.
(a "snack size" serving of tabouleh)
Spanakopita Recipe

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds spinach, rinsed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 8 sheets phyllo dough
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly oil a 9x9 inch square baking pan.
  2. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onion, green onions and garlic, until soft and lightly browned. Stir in spinach and parsley, and continue to saute until spinach is limp, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together eggs, ricotta, and feta. Stir in spinach mixture. Lay 1 sheet of phyllo dough in prepared baking pan, and brush lightly with olive oil. Lay another sheet of phyllo dough on top, brush with olive oil, and repeat process with two more sheets of phyllo. The sheets will overlap the pan. Spread spinach and cheese mixture into pan and fold overhanging dough over filling. Brush with oil, then layer remaining 4 sheets of phyllo dough, brushing each with oil. Tuck overhanging dough into pan to seal filling.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until golden brown. Cut into squares and serve while hot. 
It's in the oven as we speak and I will likely bring a bit with me to work tomorrow to "test" out.  I'm a huge fan of this dish and usually buy it pre-made in the freezer food section of Trader Joe's so I'm sure I'll enjoy it, but I'm anxious and I want to try it NOW!  However, I am practicing "Just Say No" to eating after 8 PM since the heartburn of the third trimest of pregnancy started.  It's a sad, sad state of affairs folks.
Maybe a spanakopita photo later if I remember! :)



  1. Another good snack for you and baby girl is hard boiled eggs.

    I love TJ's spanakopita.

  2. When you mentioned cooking large amounts ahead of time, I recalled a baby shower we gave years ago for a co-worker. We chipped and bought her one thing, but the main idea was that we each brought in a cooked and frozen casserole of some sort - there was a cooler which everything went into. It was very helpful for a week or two after the baby came.

  3. Yummmmm! I love Greek and Middle Eastern type foods. They are right at the top of my favorites list.
    Thanks so much for your kind comment on my Simple Fall Decor post.:)