Monday, 26 March 2007
What's for dinner?
This was our dinner last night. It didn't last long, so either it was incredibly good or the boys were very hungry from running around outside all day.
The filling is made of ricotta cheese, a can of chickpeas, garlic, onion, one egg, a bit of parmesan if you like and whatever spices you like. I run it through the food processor until it is smooth. I use a plastic bag, with a corner snipped off, to put the filling into the cannelloni shells- icing bag style. (S is usually the ones who makes cannelloni, and the first time he did it (years ago)he was filling them by trying to stuff the filling in with a spoon handle, boy he was not impressed when I came along and showed him what to do and took about 3 minutes to fill all the rest when it had taken him ages to fill a few) I use the kind of cannelloni that is oven-ready so you don't need to boil them. Just completely cover them with pasta sauce and then bake. The only thing to remember is to add quite a bit of water to the pasta sauce so that the cannelloni shells will turn out tender. It is actually a fairly quick dinner. I use the whole box of shells, it makes a 9 by 13 pan and also another smaller pan. We had 5 cannelloni left. ;-(
We also have salad, or veggies and dip, most every night. I like us to have as much raw food as possible. The buns have a bit of earth balance with garlic on them and then are toasted in the oven - we are all big eaters and sometimes just need this to fill us up. The salad dressing is made in the blender. It is oil, vinegar, Dijon mustard, dill, garlic, a bit of sweetener, salt, pepper and paprika.