Purim is a fun and chaotic day filled with eating hamantaschen, taking pictures of smiling faces in costumes, hearing the Megillah, giving out mishloach manos, and preparing for the Purim feast. While the hostess in me enjoys serving a delicious tasting meal, with all of the other hectic Purim activities my time in the kitchen is limited. When planning the menu, my motto is keep it simple, easy recipes that taste great always win over complicated and fussy dishes. Purim is my favorite holiday and I would rather be creating memories with my family than standing in front of the oven. My exception to time spent in the kitchen is remixing holiday treats, in this case hamantaschen, with modern unique flavors such as egg roll hamantaschen, taco hamantaschen, pop tart hamantaschen, and funfettti fruity pebbles hamantaschen. But I bake them in advance, so when the big day arrives they are ready to be served and enjoyed while I savor the Purim fun.
Jumbo shells stuffed with savory beef and spinach are the perfect combination to serve for an easy, yet satisfying meal. The shells and beef mixture can be prepared and stuffed in the morning with the final step of heating them up in the oven completed right before serving.