Pkg of frozen creamed spinach
Swiss cheese (enough for 2 cups diced)
2 unsliced loaves of Italian or French bread (1 lb each) – I prefer French
2 bags of Tortilla chips – 1 regular and 1 ranch-flavored
Can of chili with beans (40 oz)
Can of chopped green chilies (4 oz)
Can of sliced ripe olives (2 oz)
8 oz of cheddar cheese
Pkg of refrigerated breadstick dough
Bag of potatoes
Popsicle sticks (optional)
[Also needed: ketchup, mustard, ranch salad dressing]
Lunch: Dog in a sweater, spinach dip with bread and tortilla chips, and a peach
Dinner: Casserole and potatoes (I like to spoon the casserole right on top of a diced roasted potato)
Dogs in a Sweater
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Separate an 11 oz package of refrigerated breadstick dough. Roll each piece into a 15 inch rope. Insert Popsicle sticks into hot dogs lengthwise, if you want, for easier eating. Starting at one end, wrap dough in a spiral around hot dog. Pinch ends to seal.
Place 1 inch apart on a baking sheet that has been coated with non stick cooking spray. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Serve with ketchup, mustard, and/or ranch salad dressing for dipping.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine a can of chili with beans, a can of chopped green chilies, a drained can of sliced ripe olives, 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, and 2 cups of crushed ranch-flavored tortilla chips in a bowl. Transfer to a greased baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes.
Creamy Swiss Spinach Dip
Beat a softened package of cream cheese and 1 tsp of garlic powder in a small glass mixing bowl until smooth. Stir in a thawed packaged of creamed spinach and 2 cups of diced Swiss cheese. Cover and microwave for 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, if you are serving this for company, cut a 4 inch circle in the center of one loaf of Italian or French bread. Remove bread, leaving 1 inch at the bottom of loaf. If you are not sharing this dish, or don’t care about presentation, skip this step. It looks awesome but if you don’t finish all the dip on the first day you make it, the bread dish gets soggy, gross, and inedible. I just dipped out of the bowl and it tastes the same.
I cubed one loaf of French bread and sliced another for variety. If you made the bread bowl, it will probably be easier if you cube the bread that came out of the middle. Then spoon the hot spinach dip into the shell, or don’t. Eat dip with bread cubes or slices or tortilla chips.