Sunday, December 19, 2010

Leftover Spaghetti Two Ways

Don't we look all festive all dressed up for church this morning?  I can hardly believe Doug finished his year-long sermon series on Romans!  Today we wrapped it up in chapter 16.  At times during this series, I would read ahead and wonder how he would pull out anything of value based on the scriptures.  I would ponder how that passage could apply to my life.  Doug, and more importantly God, amazes me each time.  Isn't it a wonder how a letter written hundreds of years ago could apply to our (my) lives daily. 

Finishing the book of Romans, I couldn't help but think about how it is I came to faith in Christ Jesus.  Anytime I finish a chapter (in the bible or in life) I always begin to look at my life as one whole picture, and I begin to see how the pieces fit together.  My journey to Christ wasn't an easy one, nor is my journey with Christ.  But I am happy to know that I have a savior, and despite the bad week (or weeks) I may have, God is on my side.  He is fighting for me.  My struggles are not mine alone. 

It amazes me that God has placed Mr. Kummerow in my life.  While he might say that I led him to faith in Christ, I would have to say that it is his love and devotion and forgiveness and strength that helps me to believe even more in Jesus.  If my husband can love me that much, how much more does my savior in heaven love me?  Thank you Jesus!

Insert perfect segue here...

Now onto a few quick and easy dinner recipes.  After the pasta party last weekend, we had quite a few bowls of spaghetti noodles to use up.  We also had a whole lasagna and pan of stuffed shells to eat.  Needless to say, spaghetti and red sauce really didn't sound appealing!  Instead, I came up with a few creative ways to use all the leftovers.  I'm not going to say either of these is a perfect recipe.  At first glance you might even think that pairing these foods together would not work.  The end result was great, however.  Two very fresh and delicious meals full of healthy vegetables and flavor!

Leftover Spaghetti Dish #1

Spaghetti Pie

2-3 cups cooked spaghetti noodles
1 container extra firm tofu
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp Italian Seasoning
1 1/2 cups chopped cooked cabbage
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 sliced tomato
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup vegan shredded cheese, mozzarella flavored
1 bunch green onions, chopped

This recipe began like this:

All the leftover ingredients pulled out onto the counters.  I inspected the selection and decided to return the veggie broth, the basil (although that would have been really good here too) and several other items. 

I then began to layer the casserole.  First I lightly greased the pie pan.  Then spread spaghetti noodles on bottom. 
I whipped up the vegan "ricotta cheese" by draining the tofu and processing it with lemon juice and seasonings.
And spread the mixture over the noodles and topped with the chopped cabbage and shredded carrots.
I layered on the tomatoes and then tomato sauce.
Topped with shredded cheese and green onion, and this baby was ready for the oven.
I baked the pie for 45 minutes at 350* with foil on top so the cheese and tomato sauce would not burn. 
While it was a random mix of vegetables and seasonings, the texture and flavor turned out wonderful.  I highly recommend this recipe to use up leftover spaghetti noodles!  You can substitute many different thinks in this pie to use up any other leftover items in your pantry/fridge! 

Leftover Spaghetti Dish #2
 Not-Chicken Noodle Soup

2 cups leftover spaghetti noodles
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
1 bunch celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
6-8 carrots, chopped
1 head broccoli, chopped
2-3 cups shredded cabbage
2 cups vegetable broth and additional water
seasonings of your choice (I used a dash of everything!)

In large stock pot heat olive oil and cook onion, celery and garlic for a few minutes.  Add in carrots and broccoli and saute a few minutes more.  Add in cabbage and top with 2 cups vegetable broth and approximately 3 cups water.  Bring pot to a boil, reduce heat and simmer.  Add in salt, pepper, thyme, parsley, red pepper flakes, etc to flavor your soup to your liking. 

We did not have enough noodles for the whole pot, so we heated the spaghetti noodles separately, placed in the bottom of two bowls and spooned a cup of soup on top of noodles.  Now I have a lot of veggie soup without noodles, but I will probably serve over rice or couscous this week for lunches. 

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree - my husband helps me understand God's love for me on a whole new level than I ever understood before (or could believe about myself and my ability to be loved).