Several couples I know, fellow food-bloggers, have recently had babies, one just a day or so before Mother’s Day. I’m sure their families and the friends who live close by to them will lend a hand. Life is always so hectic and emotional after a baby is born and new moms and dads can always use extra help.
In our family we have tried to anticipate a birth by a few weeks and get together to cook foods that can be packed into containers and stored in the freezer, so that cooking dinner won’t be another something to do during the first week or so after the baby is born when everyone is tired.
We’ve made carrot soup and something we call "green soup" because most of the time — but not all — we use dried green split peas and the liquid part looks sort of green. We’ve cooked baked ziti and our famous, family, tried-and-true butter cookies. And more.
But the favorite is always Spinach Pie. We make a dairy version with feta cheese and a non-dairy version using sauteed mushrooms. This dish freezes well, it’s easy to defrost and pop into the oven (we freeze the pies before baking them). Spinach pie is suitable for lunch or dinner or even as a side dish.
If someone in your life has had a baby recently, why not give them a break and cook some food for them?
Here’s the family Spinach Pie recipe, dairy version:
SPINACH FETA CHEESE PIE
2 10-ounce packages frozen whole leaf spinach, thawed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 large eggs
8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 sheets phyllo dough
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Squeeze as much water out of the spinach as possible and set aside. Heat the olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the spinach and mix well. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the eggs, feta cheese, Parmesan cheese, dill and pepper. Mix well and place in a baking dish. Top with 4 layers of phyllo dough each brushed with melted butter. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Makes 4-8 servings (as main course or side dish)