Fruits and Veggies - Fresh Canned Frozen

Spanakopita Triangles

Spanakopita Triangles
 

Adapted from Maxi-Cuisine, August–September 2007
From the Strive for Five at School! Resources

Preheat oven to 350ºF

Yield: 8
1 – 11” x 17” sheet pan, lightly greased Portion: 2 triangles
Cost per serving: $0.97

Ingredients
1 tsp (5 mL) canola oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves
1/2 lb (225 g) fresh spinach
1/2 lb (225 g) feta cheese
1 tsp (5 mL) dill, dried
1/4 tsp (2 mL) pepper
8 x 6-inch whole-wheat tortillas (8 x 15-cm)

1 Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the chopped onion, and cook until soft.
2 Peel the garlic, chop finely, and add to the onion mixture.
3 Stir in the spinach. It will be a very large volume, but it will shrink down or wilt to 1–2 cups after 1–2 minutes.
4 Crumble the feta cheese. Once the spinach has shrunk down, stir the feta into the spinach/ onion mixture; add the dill and pepper. If the mixture seems watery, simmer slightly to evaporate the extra liquid.
5 Place 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the spinach/feta mixture in the centre of each tortilla, fold in from the bottom and the top, and fold in from the 2 sides. Place the tortillas seam-side-down on the pans.
6 Bake for 15–20 minutes, until the tortillas are golden brown. Cool slightly and cut each square into triangles.

Tip: This combination provides a source of protein, vegetable, and whole grain. It can be eaten as a snack or as a complete meal and is a great choice for vegetarians. Leftover triangles freeze very well.

Feta cheese is white and is usually formed into square cakes. It can range from soft to semi-hard, with a tangy, salty flavour that can range from mild to sharp. Feta is delicious crumbled over salads. Spinach and feta cheese are both produced in the Annapolis Valley.

Did You Know?

Spinach

  • is thought to have originated in ancient Persia, today called Iran.
  • Three different types of spinach are generally available. Savoy has crisp, creased curly leaves that have a springy texture; smooth-leaf has flat, unwrinkled, spade-shaped leaves; and semisavoy is similar in texture to savoy but not as crinkled in appearance.
  • Nova Scotia–grown spinach is usually available from June to October. Vita-Bite is the brand name of a locally grown spinach that you may find in the grocery stores.
  • Raw spinach has a mild, slightly sweet taste that is great in salads. Once cooked, its flavour becomes stronger and more acidic.