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Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

29 Aug

Okay so I know all I’ve talked about this week is food- but it’s just so good! My inner fat-child-think-I-can-eat-anything-I-want has come out and she won’t go away. Next week I’ll broaden my horizons, but for now- let’s talk eggplant parmesan!

The story begins last week when we visited some family friends and they sent us home with lots of veggies from their garden, including two large eggplants. Wanting to get creative, my mom and I sat out on the deck with a stack of cookbooks, a cup of coffee with “creamer” (we’re on a Rum Chata kick- don’t try it because you won’t be able to stop, but you should try it) and looked for a fun recipe!

We ended up with eggplant parmesan. Does not sound very unique- but we made it our own. We took the original recipe from Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites and then altered it so that it would feed both the girls and the boys in the house, who aren’t big on having “just veggies” for dinner.

Step 1: We poured some wine in preparation. This recipe takes about 2 hours from start to finish, so we needed some strong motivation.

Step 2: We followed the exact recipe for making the Tomato Wine Sauce which was amazingly delicious. It doesn’t look like the recipe is posted on the site, or I’m crazy and can’t find it- but I took a picture of the book instead of typing it all out for you.

Make sure you taste it while it’s simmering! How amazing is that color by the way?

Step 3: We followed the recipe for the Eggplant Parmesan with the following adjustments:

  • Used the whole egg instead of just egg whites
  • Used italian bread crumbs instead of whole wheat for more flavor
  • Made layers into more of a sandwich shape rather than a lasagna
  • Added chicken that after using a meat tenderizer was about 1/2 inch thick, used the same egg mixture and breading as the eggplant and cooked it in a pan with oil while the eggplant was baking. When we were combining all of the layers for the final 25-30 minute baking instructions we snuck the cooked chicken in between the layers of eggplant!
  • Used the remainder of the egg mixture and cooked it as an edible garnish for the tops of the servings- waste not, want not!

And ta-da! Here is our finished product- it looks good and tasted even better! Cheers : )

The end!


Crock-Pot: BBQ Chicken with Pineapple

29 May

I. Love. My. Crock-pot. I’m trying to use it more lately because it’s so convenient and I have yet to mess something up! I chose to make chicken this time and decided on wings for a smaller summer meal. However, I’ve made this once before using chicken breasts and it turned out great as well! It’s simple, easy and you don’t need a lot of ingredients.

What you will need:

Chicken- I chose frozen wings so I could portion it out for one person but any chicken will work!

One can of pineapple (Chunks or Slices)

BBQ sauce


– Pour all of the juice from the can of pineapple into the crock-pot, making sure the entire bottom of the pot is completely covered.

– Next, place your chicken, frozen or thawed, into the pot and grab a BBQ sauce of your choice (I chose honey BBQ). Then, coat the top of each piece of chicken in the sauce. Between the pineapple juice and the sauce, each piece of chicken will be covered in a liquid, which is necessary for slow cooker recipes.

– Lastly, add the actual pieces of pineapple to the top of your chicken. I added extra BBQ sauce to the top of them because I had a craving, but it is not necessary for people with normal taste buds.

– Turn it on and march right out of that kitchen! General rules for cooking in a slow cooker say either 4-5 hours on high, or 8-12 hours on low. Based on the time you prepare your meal and the amount of chicken you’ve used, use these rules as a guideline.

– Go run your errands, watch your TV shows, catch some sun, or whatever you like to do now that you have so much free time. Then based on your heat level and timing, enjoy a great meal and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

Next crock-pot recipe: Mac and Cheese. Big kid style. Yum.