As many of you know, my life has been very busy lately - especially over the last month. My daughter (who does much of the cooking) had surgery the week before Christmas and she didn't bounce back as quickly as we expected. My father-in-law has also had some complications related to kidney failure. With all that going on as well as being sick for awhile myself (oh yeah, and during that time was Christmas and our anniversary), lets just say we have eaten out far too often and I've cooked far too little over the last month. Obviously, this isn't good for our health OR our bank account :).
On one recent crazy night, I stopped at Walmart to grab lasagna and a salad and saw a spinach salad kit. I grabbed it with concern over the fact that my family really doesn't care for spinach. It had spinach, sliced almonds, crumbled bleu cheese, dried cherries, and a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Much to my surprise, the only complaint was from my son who didn't like the bleu cheese. The whole bag was finished by the time everyone had eaten. Woo Hoo!
Now it was time to figure out how to make our own. Here's what we came up with:
Spinach (ours was Dole with red lettuce that came in a 5 oz. clamshell) - we used a little over 1/2 of the clamshell.
Slivered almonds (not sure how many Elise put in - put in enough to suit your taste)
Dried Cranberries (My husband didn't really like the cherries. Again, use enough to suit your taste)
Crumbled Bleu cheese (I used low fat) - to taste
Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing (Next time we will try the raspberry vinaigrette)
Mix together, adding dressing just before serving. Delicious, but of course, that wasn't enough for dinner. This is what came next...
1 box of bowtie pasta (16 ounces)
1/2 package of turkey kielbasa sliced (This is the package that is 1 long curved link. I believe it was about 16 ounces and I used 1/2.)
2 cups whipping cream
2 cups of grated Parmesan cheese (I use actual grated cheese, but the "canned" can also be used if needed)
3 TBS of butter
Cook pasta according to package directions. While the pasta is cooking, slice and heat kielbasa. When hot, add the butter and melt. Add cream and heat through. Add Parmesan cheese and heat until cheese is melted. Drain pasta. Add sauce/ kielbasa mixture to the pasta and mix thoroughly. Serve hot.
We added some crusty bread and had a delicious (and healthier) dinner.