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How to Make Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi

With fresh spinach on the menu for fall fest this week I knew Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos’ five-star Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi was the perfect recipe to showcase the fresh greens. All of the 26 reviewers raved about the ease of the recipe and delicious final dish. I did take the suggestion of a few reviewers and add in freshly grated nutmeg to both the gnocchi mixture and the sauce, just to give them an extra fall kick.

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Meatless Monday: Spinach and Tortellini

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

You don’t need copious amounts of butter or oil to make vegetables tasty. You can sneak good-for-you ingredients into the dishes you love without adding a bunch of fat. Spinach is packed with vitamins and is a good source of calcium and fiber, but its not exactly my favorite food to eat totally raw. With garlicky pasta and a bit of cheese, however, it becomes a lot more enticing.

You can count on Cooking Channel’s recipe for Spinach and Tortellini for a simple, satisfying Meatless Monday dinner. Who doesn’t love pasta after all? With no fancy ingredients or complicated steps, the meal comes together in just about a half an hour. The sauteed garlic and tomatoes bring the familiar Italian aromatics we all crave, while mushrooms, peas and spinach add new flavor and texture to each bite. With so many healthy ingredients in one bowl, a sprinkle of pine nuts and Parmesan is the little extra indulgence you deserve.

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Fall Fest: Using Fresh Spinach in Indian Recipes

Our season-long garden party Fall Fest 2012 welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. Fresh this week: spinach.

 

Fresh spinach is incredibly nutritious. It’s full of fiber, Vitamin A, calcium and protein. Uncooked in a salad or wilted into a side dish, spinach is delicious any way you cook it. We particularly love it in Indian dishes. Instead of opting for takeout, try one of these tasty Indian recipes that you can make at home.

1. Indian Pizza (pictured above)

Puree spinach and spices as the basis for this twist on traditional pizza. It’ll serve as a tasty alternative to tomato sauce. Sprinkle the pureed spinach topping with cilantro, green onions and tomatoes before covering with mozzarella cheese.

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Pix Potluck: Spinach Quiche with Bacon Salad

Cooking Channel fans have certainly been cooking up a storm. With so many holidays lately — Easter, Passover, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day — food people have never had more reason to get into their kitchens.

This latest photo — a Spinach Quiche with Bacon Salad, shared with us by Steve Cole on the Cooking Channel Facebook wall — has our mouths watering for a serious afternoon snack.

Steve, will you share the recipe with us?  Pretty please?!

If you want to share your photos with us, do it right here!

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The Top 10 Reasons to Get Excited for Spring

Spring has sprung, officially. Which means that produce options open right up — not unlike windows in homes everywhere — as freshly grown produce floods the marketplace. While it was nice to eat apples, squash, potatoes and onions all winter, it’s no doubt time to wave goodbye and welcome a new round of delectable fruits and vegetables.  Here’s a round-up of the 10 spring superstars we’re psyched to see arriving in the next couple of months, and some great recipes to make the most of them.

10. Asparagus

Asparagus Wrapped in Proscuitto With Beurre Blanc (above)

Sesame Grilled Asparagus

Asparagus and Zucchini Crudi

Spinach-Ricotta Pesto Pasta With Proscuitto and Asparagus

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Fall Fest: Paneer With Spinach


Fall Fest 2010We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

We’ve transitioned from summer fest to fall fest, and this week we’re talking about spinach.  Paneer with Spinach, also called Palak Paneer, is a vegetarian Indian dish made with . . . well, spinach, and paneer, a firm Indian cheese. It’s quite popular; it gets prominent placement on Indian menus and is usually part of an all-you-can-eat Indian buffet. But making your own at home is easier than you think.

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