Spinach Bites

 

Besides all the great lectures I got to sit in on and the technology I got to play with at the TAASLP convention (mentioned in my last post), I should also take a minute to brag talk about college bowl. (It’s kind of a big deal. To us students, anyway.)

On Thursday night of convention, reps from all the speech-language pathology and audiology grad programs from across the state come together to compete in a spirit contest and a quiz bowl. The winning schools get cash for their local NSSLHA chapter (a pretty nice motivator), and the winning quiz bowl team also gets their Praxis tests paid for.

The first time I went to the conference (last year) it didn’t take me long to realize that people take this competition surprisingly seriously. And there was a good bit of disappointment that year when at the last minute, Vanderbilt snatched the championship title from us in a final double jeopardy question.

So you could say we were extra motivated to take the win this time. Look at all that orange!

 

 

The spirit competition was predictably over the top and super nerdy. I may or may not have been involved in a choreographed dance to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” but with a slight lyric change making that “Treat It.” So nerdy. Kind of funny. But you know what? It worked. And the team was brilliant. And we ended up taking home 1st in both events. Check out this trophy!

 

 

There are some fantastic students, teachers, and clinical supervisors at UT. I’m so glad to be a part of it.

Even if it’s taking up all my time.

I knew this would happen though, so I prepared. In our last month of freedom before the new semester Justin and I kept ourselves busy with lots of fun social outings and lots of new recipes. Here is one of those recipes we made for a game night at our apartment. I love them.

In fact, I can eat these spinach bites in dangerous quantities if left to my own devices. They are so good. You could probably think of them as a healthier alternative to sausage balls (another intense weakness of mine). Great for game nights!

 

 

Spinach Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 (6-ounce) box of herbed seasoned stuffing mix (something like Stove Top)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 °F.

Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent and soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Remove the pan from heat.

Meanwhile, remove excess water from thawed spinach by pressing it between paper towels.

In a large bowl, combine the stuffing mix, spinach, eggs, Parmesan, salt and pepper, and onion/garlic mixture. Combine well.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using your hands, roll the mixture into individual 1-inch balls. Place each one on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until very slightly browned.

 

Adapted from The Curvy Carrot.