Keep this easy spinach and feta crescent roll bake in your back pocket for nights you need something quick and delicious for dinner without a lot of effort. You probably already have these ingredients on hand, and this recipe can be easily adapted with a variety of fillings. This crescent roll bake is the perfect meal for “scrounging” as we call it in my house. Basically, that means we are exhausted, don’t feel like eating out, and want to throw something really easy together. This might be my favorite kind of meal. It is so fun to think of ways to use up leftovers and what you already have in your pantry.
This crescent roll bake is a low-calorie dinner option, and that may be exactly what you are looking for. However, if you just got home from a soccer game (like Dylan on the night we made this), you are probably going to need a little something extra to fill you up. Since we are scrounging, you can serve this easy crescent roll bake alongside a pre-made salad kit, or some leftover protein you have in the fridge. Last night’s grilled chicken would be perfect. When we are scrounging, we normally make something simple, then supplement it with whatever leftovers we need to use up in the refrigerator. If anyone else uses the term “scrounging” in your house, you have to tell me in the comments! Do you call it something else? I would love to know. I’d also love to hear about your own scrounging go-to’s or habits. I’m always looking for new ideas. : )
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My new Instacart subscription is truly the biggest reason I have spent so much more time in the kitchen lately. Between pregnancy and grief, planning ahead has not been my strong suit. I love my little one, and it is also exhausting battling him about making a grocery trip right now. The subscription is $99/year for unlimited, free grocery delivery. I put it off for the longest time because grocery delivery just isn’t necessary, but lately, I have been looking for ways to simplify where I can. I actually have been using the drive-up option more than delivery, where you can earn credit back on your orders. If you have been thinking about joining Instacart, just go for it. I promise it will get you cooking more and hopefully free up some more time for whatever else fills you up. You can sign up using this link. Another fun thing about shopping with Instacart is running across items you might not consider when shopping in the store. Like the main star of this dish…the Pillsbury Crescent Roll dough.
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
I haven’t thought about or seen these in soooooooo long. I used to love smacking a can of biscuits or crescent rolls on the counter as a kid to pop it open. Isn’t that such a satisfying feeling? The memory made me smile. I thought to myself, “I can definitely use those for something”, and added them to my cart. Maybe you will run across some fun little memory from childhood while browsing online. I’m excited to use Instacart as a way to explore and try new products.
Yay For a New Theme!
This will go down as my first “scrounging recipe” on the blog, but I want to build this out as a section. In the meantime, you can check out some of my easier recipes on the blog below.Print
A warm and crusty crescent roll bake stuffed with spinach, cherry tomatoes, and feta cheese. This recipe uses Pillsbury Crescent Rolls for a super-fast and delicious dinner option.
- Olive oil cooking spray
- 1 – 8 ounce can of Pillsbury crescent rolls (or any other brand)
- 1/4 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
- Italian seasoning
- 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 – 10 ounce package of frozen spinach
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Grease the bottom of an 8 x 8 baking dish with olive oil cooking spray, olive oil, or butter.
- Add 1 of the Pillsbury dough squares (package contains 2 large squares) to the bottom of the baking dish, spread the ricotta cheese on top, and add several dashes of Italian seasoning right on top of the ricotta.
- In a nonstick skillet, heat butter and olive oil over medium heat.
- Add frozen spinach, cherry tomatoes, garlic, honey, balsamic vinegar, salt, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Use a potato masher to *smash the tomatoes and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated.
- Off the heat, stir in feta crumbles.
- Layer the spinach mixture into the baking dish and top with the other half of the crescent roll dough. Spray the top with olive oil cooking spray (you can also brush on olive oil or melted butter).
- Bake for 15 minutes and scrounge!
*Make sure you stand with your body away from the pan or wear an apron when smashing your tomatoes. I definitely got tomato juice all over my shirt : )
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Category: Easy Dinner
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: crescent rolls, feta, ricotta, spinach, easy, cherry tomatoes, easy dinner, baked, vegetarian, scrounge