Spinach & Sausage Pinwheels

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I definitely put the manic in manic Monday today!

My eyeballs were glued to the computer screen for ten straight hours, only releasing their sweet death grip long enough to slurp down Spaghetti & Mini Meatball Soup and one of my, cough, 12 Chobani Greek yogurts, cough for lunch.

Sorry but Hy-Vee was having a $1 sale on these babies this weekend AND they had all the new flavors in stock including Blood Orange,

Passion Fruit,

and Apple Cinnamon!

That girl giggling in the dairy aisle? Yeah that was me. I love a good yogurt sale! :D

Anyways.

Needless to say, I was totally spent after work and so very thankful that dinner took less than 30 minutes of prep time.

Spinach & Sausage Pinwheels!

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Spinach & Sausage Pinwheels are crescent roll dough sheets slathered with a spinach and cheese mixture, topped with spicy Italian sausage, then rolled, sliced and baked. 

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They are sooooo gooood!

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Start by mixing a cheesy spinach mixture, which includes ricotta cheese, feta cheese, Italian seasoning, and frozen-then-thawed spinach. I’m pretty sure the spinach in here cancels out the calories from the cheese. And the sausage. And the crescent rolls.

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Oh, by the way, I’ve gotten a couple questions as to what Italian Seasoning is. It’s just a mixture of traditional Italian spices like oregano, thyme, parsley, rosemary and sage. It’s available right in the spice aisle.

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After the spinach mixture is ready to go, turn your attention to a tube of crescent roll dough sheets.

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These sheets work just great for this recipe, as you don’t have to pinch together the triangles that come in a tube of regular crescent roll dough, and would also be perfect for 8 Minute Mini Cinnamon Rolls.

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Roll the sheet out relatively thin – about 1/8 inch in thickness – then slice it in half with a pizza cutter.

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Spread each half with half the spinach mixture, then sprinkle cooked Italian sausage on top. I used local spicy Graziano’s sausage. It’s SO flavorful!

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Roll each half up…

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Pinch the seams…

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Then slice each half into 8 slices with a sharp, serrated knife, so you have 16 pinwheels total.

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Bake and serve with your favorite marinara sauce!

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Spinach & Sausage Pinwheels

Print this recipe!

Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

10oz (1 box) frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

1/2 cup low-fat ricotta cheese

2oz feta cheese, crumbled

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon salt

pepper

1/3lb spicy Italian Sausage, cooked and cooled

1 tube (8oz) Pillsbury Crescent Roll Dough Sheets

Marinara sauce

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together spinach, ricotta cheese, feta cheese, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in a bowl. Roll out crescent roll dough sheet until it is about 1/8″ inch thick, and slice it in half width-wise with a pizza cutter. Spread half the spinach mixture on each half.

2. Sprinkle cooked sausage evenly over both halves, then tightly roll each half lengthwise, pinching the seams when it is fully rolled to seal.

3. Cut each half into 8 slices with a sharp, serrated knife, for a total of 16 pieces. Bake on a non-stick sprayed baking sheet for 15 minutes, or until golden brown, and serve with your favorite marinara sauce.

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I nearly had to fight Ben off with a stick to get my own share of this recipe. He inhaled them.

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Me too! The flavors were so awesome, and it was just a really fun recipe. The possibilities for what to put inside are endless too. I’m thinking scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese would be a super-fun breakfast twist.

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I ate more of these than I care to admit…

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Good thing I tackled this treadmill routine after work today!

Time Speed
0-3 4.0
3-4.30 6.5
4:30-5 7.0
5-6:30 6.5
6:30-7 7.5
7-8:30 6.5
8:30-9 8.0
9-10:30 6.5
10:30-11 8.5
11-12:30 6.5
12:30-13 9.0
13-33 repeat minutes 3-13, two more times
33-43 6.5
43-45 4.0
Total: 4.9 Miles

I’m telling you – my 20 Day Holiday Workout Challenge really changed the way I feel about working out during the week. I had a really hard day, and about 100 things to do tonight, but not going to the gym today just wasn’t an option. It just feels like something that’s part of my day now.

I’m rollin’ with it!

Off to tackle that to-do list while watching The Bachelor. See ya!

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Do you struggle with consistently including workouts into your schedule, or do you feel like you have a pretty good routine down?

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Comments

  1. I mean… how could you NOT buy a million chobanis? SALE! HOLLLA.

    Italian baby bites — yes.

  2. These look so yummy! I just made something similar with crescent rolls, pepperoni, and mozzarella.

  3. Oooh! I can’t believe you found the new Chobani flavors. So jealous!!

  4. Madelyn 01.09.2012

    What toppings would you suggest other than sausage to make it vegetarian?

    • Linda Lepage 01.10.2012

      I am vegetarina and I use Morning Star Farms sausage crumbles, the are in the frozen breakfast section of the grocery store, or you could use Gimme Lean sausage style, it’s in the tofu section of the grocery store. OR you could use chopped baby ‘bella mushrooms, oo yummmmm

  5. Target has them on sale too for $1 right now, so our fridge looks just about the same right now. We have had the blood orange, apple cinnamon and the mango. They are all sooooooo friggin’ good!

  6. Wendy B 01.09.2012

    Yay! Another way to use those dough sheets. I always think I should have more ways to use them! Definately penciling this in for the next week on the menu!

  7. Noemi 01.09.2012

    This looks delicious! I’m definitely stealing this recipe!

  8. Rachel 01.09.2012

    I like your breakfast idea, and I think I have to steal it!

  9. Jeri 01.09.2012

    When were they on sale? Do I need to make a Hy-Vee run tomorrow????????

    • Iowa Girl Eats 01.09.2012

      They were on sale on Saturday!

      • Jeri 01.10.2012

        Oh crap, I think I may have missed it then! Can’t go grocery shopping until Thursday! GRRRRR

        • Katie 01.11.2012

          I live in Lincoln, NE and today’s HyVee ad has Chobani 10/$10. Target/Super Target has them for $1 as well.

  10. thatShortchick 01.09.2012

    chobani is on sale at my local Harris Teeters and SuperTargets – I racked on some of the new flavors too! I just tried the apple cinnamon (I used it in my overnight oats) and it was delish.

  11. Jim Simmons 01.09.2012

    when I was in Hawaii we had wild passion fruit off the plant. it was the best. I haven’t found any since. have to try the pinwheels. Ham would be on my list with the scrambled eggs.

  12. Wish my cub had that great of a sale on Chobani. I’ve wanted to try it, but don’t want to pay that much for it. $1 is my kind of price!

  13. oh my gosh how amaaaaazing. literally drooling at the computer. and they look so easy!!

  14. Kim 01.09.2012

    Man, I love that print option – that is awesome. I have a pretty good workout routine set. I exercise 4 times a week, 5 if I don’t have too many blasted meetings after school.

  15. Jen 01.09.2012

    Try low fat cottage cheese instead of ricotta as a healthy (ier) alternative. Seriouslu tastes the same.

  16. Emily 01.09.2012

    Safeway was having the same promo on Chobani and when I got there yesterday the ENTIRE shelf was cleared out. Not a single Chobani in sight! The blood orange looks sooo good. Those pinwheels don’t look bad either! ;)

  17. Tracey 01.09.2012

    I wish the stores in my area would have sales like that on Chobani. That is good stuff!

  18. CAwife 01.09.2012

    Yum, these look delicious! I must get my hands on that Blood Orange Chobani…. it sounds too good to be true!

  19. New Chobani flavors?! I’m so excited haha. Those pinwheels look AMAZING. Can you please be my wife? :)

    Good job getting to the gym, I went tonight too! I signed up for a half marathon, so now I’m really finding the time to workout… because I have to!

  20. Chelsea 01.09.2012

    If I’m following a training schedule than I feel and do fine. If I don’t have a schedule though than I have a really hard time on my cardio days.

  21. I just got the Apple Cinnamon and the Passion Fruit flavors tonight, but they were out of Blood Orange! :( Can’t wait to try them!!! YAY! for Chobani!

  22. Goodness I better get my butt to Hy-Vee, all the new flavors sound great!

  23. Leesh 01.09.2012

    I’m hoping this yogurt will one day be available in Canada. I really want to try it!

  24. Afton 01.09.2012

    Tones! This Ankeny girl loves driving by and smelling the flavor of the day at Tones. :) And those pinwheels look delish!

  25. Pillsbury makes everything so much easier. I used some of their crescent rolls tonight and my meal came together very quickly! Since I exercise early in the morning, it’s usually pretty easy for me to fit it into my busy days!

  26. Sarah HS 01.09.2012

    Yay for Chobani. But in response to your question- STRUGGLE. Struggle, struggle, struggle! I have three kids and teach full-time. Many days I’m choosing between sleep and a work-out. Unfortunately, sleep wins, almost every time.

  27. Working out can be a struggle for me- but I found what works for me is having something to train for. Growing up, I was a synchronized figure skater and had my team to hold me accountable. Now I have a deadline, and it works.

    I am so jealous of the new Chobani flavors! The blood orange looks so good to me!!!

  28. Sara 01.09.2012

    I’ll have to look for that yogurt, not sure if I’ve seen in at the Hy-Vee where I shop though. Some of the flavors sound amazing!!

  29. I hear ya’ on the manic Monday! This was my second day of starting a new diet, plus major stress at work and no food to stress eat made for a very grumpy me! :evil:

    I struggle with getting in a routine in general, let alone getting in a workout routine. That is definitely one of my goals for 2012!

  30. Definitely saving this recipe!!! Looks so delicious. I am kinda jealous of the Chobani sale you found (I miss Hyvee! I used to live near one in college) – my store doesn’t have the new flavors yet. You’ll have to let us know how you like them!

  31. Marilyn 01.10.2012

    I put in a bit of a manic Monday too, so I’m glad to hear you came out of the other end of yours. :-)

  32. After you try all three, let us know what you think. I’m curious about the apple cinnamon.

    Pinwheels look awesome!

  33. Love these. Such a great party food idea! And wtf, apple cinnamon?? I’m gonna need these to show up in my grocery store immediately.

  34. Apple Cinnamon?! I hope they find their way to my stores soon!

  35. How is the Blood Orange Chobani? I’m not usually a fan of citrusy yogurts–the lemon flavor is the only one I’ve tried that I don’t like. (Not even just “don’t like,” CAN’T STAND.) I saw them on sale at Target, but had to bypass the shelf. Yogurt seems to be my #1 food aversion this pregnancy, and it makes me SO sad, because I usually love it.
    Oh! And once, my Target had the BIG 32oz containers of Chobani marked 5/$5, right along with the little ones. I grabbed what I wanted, then called everyone I knew to tell them about the great deal. LOL

  36. Mollie 01.10.2012

    Dang! I missed the hy-vee sale! :(

    • Iowa Girl Eats 01.10.2012

      Sounds like Target has them on sale for $1 all week!

      • Mollie 01.10.2012

        I just looked at the Hy-Vee ad for this week and they’re $1!!! Def will be going there tonight after work!

  37. These pinwheels look SO delicious! Great photos.

  38. Alison 01.10.2012

    I’m glad you said HyVee because I took one look at those and immediately exclaimed, “SHE’S the one who wiped out Target of $1 Chobani!” haha. Juuust kidding. I got plenty..just not the flavors I want, so I’m heading back this afternoon.—(btw….target has em’ on sale all week) :)

  39. KellyK 01.10.2012

    This is a great and creative recipe! I might make this soon – I love it when I have over 1/2 the ingredients on hand. Totally see the potential of swapping in eggs too. Thanks!

  40. Melissa 01.10.2012

    What a great workout–I’d say you earned your fair share of pinwheels!

    Workouts have become a non-negotiable for me. I just feel so much better when I work out. I’m at a point where I actually have a hard time taking rest days because I crave the endorphins of a good sweat sesh!

  41. jad18 01.10.2012

    They had Chobani on sale at SuperTarget over the weekend too and I snagged some of the new flavors. I wondered if you would post about them. I had blood orange on Sunday and loved it and passion fruit yesterday. I liked the taste of passion fruit, but wish the seeds were not in it. Those pinwheels look awesome!

  42. Katie@KatieVanCan 01.10.2012

    I’ve never tried the flavored Chobani. Apple Cinnamon sounds delish, though!

  43. Allison 01.10.2012

    Oh man, at first I saw all of your Cho pictures and my mouth was watering [whatcha think of the new apple cinnamon and blood orange flavors?] but then the pinwheels- oh my!

  44. Tamblina D 01.10.2012

    I have book club at the end of this month. I kept debating on what I was making! NOW, I know! Thanks for the recipe! YUM!

    I live in Dallas and was just read we are getting a Trader Joe’s. I am BEYOND excited! I so LOVE that store! HIP HIP HOORAY!

  45. These pinwheels look awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  46. Sarah 01.10.2012

    Oh these look yummy! I’m a sucker for anything that can be dipped – especially in marinara!

  47. Jen 01.10.2012

    Okay-I made the mistake of buying NONFAT greek yogurt the other day. I’ve never tried it but I’ve been assured it’s awesome. I guess I should have paid more attention! This morning, I thought I was eating sour cream straight out of the carton! GROSS!! Is the lowfat really that much better? I don’t want to waste any more money on the stuff!!! How do you do it???

  48. Erin 01.10.2012

    I go through streaks of regularly working out, and then regularly not. :-( I had a solid two weeks where I religiously hit the gym after work and busted out some of your treadmill routines followed by abs and a little strength training, but somehow fell out of the routine (even thought it was seeming easier and easier to go!) And I just had knee surgery, so I’m down for the count. Of course, you always want to work out when you physically count, but if I had a fully functioning knee I’m not so sure I’d be as eager!

  49. molly 01.10.2012

    These look so good! I’d make my vegetarian and add artichoke hearts… or if i wanted meat, some lump crab, too!

    Thanks for the suggestion, i’ll definitely be trying these!

  50. Shana 01.10.2012

    Move over Pioneer Woman…I am now obsessed with IOWA GIRL! :) I love your blog more than words and I have now gotten my three children and husband addicted to your green monster smoothie! YUM! Thanks so much for all your great recipes! We are trying pizza rolls tonight! As an Iowa girl myself I appreciate that most of your shopping is from HyVee, your ingredients are easy to find!

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