Friday, May 18, 2012

Lunch Box Chronicles: Day One Hundred Sixty (Popeye Knew Best - Spinach As the Cure All)

Headache cure? Mom’s home cookin’!
Poor little Olivia never experienced anything like this in her 10 years.  A searing headache.  “It hurts so bad! I am going to get sick to my stomach!” 
Dad and mom inquired, “Olivia, what did you eat today?  Did you have any water?” 
These Spelt Right Doughs are READY to use
Breakfast=last night’s left over Mexican from local dive.
Lunch=mystery food from PS 123.
Snack from Aftercare = Candy?!?
Wednesday = CRAPPY FOOD DAY. 
CRAPPY FOOD DAY= Severe Headache. 
Mom needs to get back involved. 

Fast forward.  Mom made a bunch of Spelt Right Pizza dough today, brought some home and pondered an easy solution.  Spinach, onion and goat cheese fitayers! 

Would Some PLEASE Send Me Some Decent Pans??
2 Spelt Right Pizza Doughs, fully thawed and risen
2 bunches of fresh spinach, rinsed with water (and vinegar for cleanliness), and spun
1 large onion
2 fresh lemons
1/4-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Sea Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
4 ounce log of chèvre (goat cheese)

Chop onions into fours, place in food processor and chop.  Place chopped onions in medium sized bowl.
Shaping the Dough Into Triangles
Make sure the spinach is destemmed, rinsed, and dried well.  Chop as much as you can in food processor until all is chopped.  Place in bowl with onions.
Squeeze lemons (remove seeds). Add to bowl.  Add in EVOO, salt and pepper.  Toss altogether.

Cut each dough ball into 8-10 even size pieces, shape into rounds about 1/8 inch thick.  Place rounds on well oiled stainless steel baking sheet, preferably with edges.  Spread about two teaspoons of chevre on each round.  Squeeze a small handful of spinach mixture in hand (about 2 TBLS) (this is to squeeze out some of the liquid - do this over the bowl), and place in center of dough ball.  Make triangle with dough ball.   Bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes or until brown on the bottom.

As a side, I put the remaining spinach “juice”, strained and rinsed chick peas, and about 3 cups of left over rice in pan on the stovetop, and tossed together until warm.

End Result?  An Un-Whining of a Whiney Kid.  Good-bye to a headache that we hope will be a thing of the past – as long as mom continues to cook and wards off the outside assault of bad food.

We should have listened to POPEYE. all along.  This spinach pie definitely served as a our cure all.

"He's Popeye the Sailor Man. He's Popeye the Sailor Man. He's strong to the finich cause he eats his spinach, he's Popeye the sailor man."  

Can you imagine what Popeye would have thought of these spinach pies?

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