Check out our "Meat-Free & Tasty" collection of recipes featuring six meatless main dishes that are hearty enough to satisfy any appetite. From the May 2006 issue of Canadian Living magazine.
- Portion size 6 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: May 2006
- 1 cup cottage cheese
- 3/4 cups parboiled whole grain brown rice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 pkg (10 oz/284 g each) fresh spinach trimmed
- 1/4 cup pine nut
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 cup shredded old Cheddar cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill (or 1 tsp/5 mL dried dillweed)
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- 6 sheets phyllo pastry
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/4 cup melted vegetabIe oil
- 2 cups tomato pasta sauce
In saucepan, bring 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) water, rice and salt to boil; cover and cook over low heat until tender and water is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes; transfer to large bowl. Let cool.
Meanwhile, rinse spinach; shake off excess water. In large saucepan, cover and cook spinach over medium-high heat, with just the water clinging to leaves, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Drain and squeeze dry; chop coarsely and add to cooled rice.
In small skillet, toast pine nuts over medium-low heat, stirring often, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add to rice. Add ricotta cheese, Cheddar cheese, egg, dill, lemon rind and juice, pepper and nutmeg; mix well.
Lay 1 sheet of phyllo on work surface, covering remainder with damp cloth. Brush with butter; lay in greased 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate, leaving overhang. Repeat with 4 more sheets of phyllo, alternating direction of each. Spoon in rice mixture.
Brush remaining sheet of phyllo with butter. Fold in half and lay over rice mixture; tuck in edge. Bring overhang over top and crumple slightly. Brush top with remaining butter. Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.) Bake in bottom third of 350°F (180°C) oven until golden and crisp, about 45 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.
Meanwhile, in small saucepan, heat pasta sauce over medium heat; spoon onto each plate. Top each with slice of pie.
Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about
- Sodium 949 mg
- Protein 19 g
- Calories 494.0
- Total fat 28 g
- Cholesterol 96 mg
- Saturated fat 14 g
- Total carbohydrate 44 g
- Iron 36.0
- Folate 61.0
- Calcium 31.0
- Vitamin A 73.0
- Vitamin C 23.0