Okay... my Mom found this recipe years ago, and it's been a family favorite ever since. Super easy for summer cooking.
Spinach Pasta Salad
1 pkg frozen spinach
1 pkg pasta (any type you prefer, penne, ziti, farfalle, all work well)
2-4 tablespoons of butter (adjust to taste, or can use olive oil if you prefer)
2-3 cloves of garlic crushed(or more if you prefer)
Parmesan cheese (shredded cheddar can be added as well)
Boil pasta according to package directions, and salt the water. While that's cooking, microwave the spinach according to package directions* (Also can cook on stovetop if you prefer by package directions). Drain pasta, add butter or olive oil, add crushed garlic, cooked spinach. Stir. Sprinkle with cheese. Stir. Can be served warm or cold. It's great warm on the night prepared, and delicious the next day chilled.
Pros Super easy pasta salad to go with simple summer weeknight meals like grilled chicken, burgers, or seafood. Delicious way to get some spinach (into yourself & your kids).
Cons; You will have garlic breath.
OK, here's the thing; Bottom line is it's an fast, easy, healthy, light recipe that can be made from items usually in your pantry/fridge already. Excellent for weeknight rush!!
*There are many great steam in the package veggies at the market that make this so convenient.