Part of my job includes the analysis of daycare menus to make sure they are in keeping with the Canada Food Guide. You'd think this would be enjoyable, what with me being all into food and everything. Usually, though, it is a bit depressing. And then I try to talk people out of feeding children hotdogs.
One of the things that I was told by my nutritional contact at the Public Health department was that I should encourage daycare cooks to pack as many food groups as they can into each snack that is provided (they are required to provide a morning and afternoon snack as well as a lunch every day). I now require each snack to have at least two food groups represented and I tell them to ideally shoot for three.
This has, of course, seeped into my own life. I am especially delighted when I can concoct snacks that hit on three food groups. Like these awesome, awesome spinach pies. Legumes! Spinach! Grains! Woot!
Spinach Chickpea Triangles
First! Make this excellent pizza dough from Barbara Kingsolver's website. (or you can just use whatever pizza dough you usually buy/make)
Then! Make the filling:
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 medium sized onion, chopped
four cups of spinach, chopped roughly
1 can's worth of chickpeas
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil over medium high heat, add onions and saute for a few minutes until they soften. Add all other ingredients and stir until the spinach has wilted. With a potato masher or a fork, smush it all up a few times so some of the chickpeas get crushed.
When the dough has risen, roll it out into thin, flat circles. I grabbed chunks that were bigger than golf balls, but smaller than my fist and those seemed to work out just fine.
And if you don't have a rolling pin, an empty vodka bottle makes a good one. It also makes it seem like your life is waaaay more debaucherous than it actually is.
Place a big spoonful of filling in the centre of each dough circle and fold the sides of the circle inwards so they overlap and turn the whole thing into a triangle.
Sprinkle some cornmeal or breadcrumbs on a baking sheet before you put the pies on it. Do it! Or your pies will stick and you will have to saw away at them with a spatula and all the joy of making such great snacks with be tainted by hardship. Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything.
Bake them at 350 until they start to brown. Probably ten minutes or so, depending on your oven.
-Can anyone tell me why my sidebar is suddenly waaaay down there? It used to be, well, on the side. Where a sidebar should be. (edited to add: What?! Now it's back in place. Maybe I should blog about some other problems and see if they magically correct themselves.)
-Welcome to everyone who came here from Yeah, That Vegan Shit because Lindy said my blog name was cute! Hooray! Vegan traffic!
-These pies are excellent dipped in hummus. Especially if you are stuck in day-long computer application training and the "lunch will be provided" lunch is turkey sandwiches. Yuck.