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What I Ate Wednesday: 2/6/13

I’ve totally been slacking on the Blog this week.  It’s been a crazy busy week at work, lots of meetings and lots of traveling!!

This morning started with a 90-minute drive to a client’s office for open enrollment meetings.  So I enjoyed my usual kale shake on the way.  (With my seat warmers on, of course).

kale shake

After the meetings were over, my client and I had lunch at the Cracker Barrel ….  Mmmmmmmm …..  Cajun spiced grilled catfish with 3 veggie sides.  I couldn’t resist fried okra.  I haven’t had fried okra in a while and it was so yummy!!!  This catfish was perfect.  I don’t normally eat at the Cracker Barrel, and if I do go it’s usually for breakfast.  But I may have to go back just to get this catfish again.  Yummers! 🙂

lunch

And I must have been hungry (or it was just THAT good) ….  but I ate every single bite of that food!!!

It was 60 degrees when I got home from work today.  I couldn’t resist taking the girl out for a walk!!  Absolutely perfect weather!!

walking workout

I think I might be getting a touch of Spring Fever!!!  I know it’s a little early.  We’ll probably get snow again before winter comes.  But I am loving this small heat wave!

Check out that sunset I saw while I was walking!

sunset during walk

When I got home from my walk, I threw a few things in the skillet ….  can you guess what I’m making???

chicken and veggies

Fajitas!!!!!!!   The only thing that would have made it better would have been avocado.

fajita

Well, that was my Wednesday.

I’ll leave you with the sweetest note I found in my son’s backpack today.  I imagine the assignment was to write a Valentines Day note.  So he chose to write his to his sister …..

valentines note

Is that not the sweetest note you’ve ever read?!?!  So so precious.  He loves his sister so much.  And she adores him.  I am so blessed!!!

 

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What I Ate Wednesday – 11/15/12

As always, I want to give a shout out to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for the fun linkup every week.

(By the way, if you’ve never checked out her site, you MUST!  Her recipes are mouth-watering and her photos are fabulous.  And she’s funny too)!

I can’t start the day without my coffee.  It’s actually my favorite thing about waking up.

Despite the freezing temps, I wanted my kale shake for breakfast.

Snack time ….  Wasabi peas!!  These crunchy little nuggets of joy can be found at Trader Joe’s.  Love them!!

I knew exactly what to do with my left over salmon from yesterday.

Mixed greens, chopped yellow bell peppers, chopped onions, cherry tomatoes, shredded mozzarella cheese, a few jalapenos and sunflower seeds. YUM!!!

After work, we had a carrier rep treat us all to pedicures at the Nail Bar.   Aaaahhhhh….  just what I needed!

Love the Nail Bar – they give you wine while you’re having a pedicure!!!

My piggies were in serious need of pampering!!

Under the cool drying ultraviolet light

When I came home from the pedicure, Hubby had a homemade pizza in the oven!!  Isn’t he the best?!?

Made with Trader Joe’s whole wheat crust.  This stuff is awesome.  It’s already made for you, and the bag is only $1.00!

get you some!

Have I told you lately how much I love Trader Joe’s??

Toppings: spinach, mushroom and yellow peppers. YUM!

The pizza was deeeeee-licious!!!

Made for each other!!

After I put the kids to bed, I had a sweet craving come over me.  On our new Wellness Challenge at work, points are deducted for sweets with more than 5 grams of sugar.  So…  I discovered that a 1/2 of one sheet of graham crackers plus a small smear of Biscoff = less than 5 grams of sugar!!

Satisfying!

Perfect.  It was just enough to satisfy my need for a dessert.

And there you have it.  What I Ate on Wednesday.

What did YOU eat on Wednesday???

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September Foodie Pen Pals Reveal

Today is Reveal Day!!  I always love Foodie Penpals reveal day!!  Isn’t it fun to see what everyone gets?

I have to say….  this month was extra special for me!  The box actually arrived ON MY BIRTHDAY!!  How cool is that?!?  I’m sure it was a total coincidence, but I don’t care.  I think it was awesome!!

My box came from Anna at the Blog “Be Healthy, Well & Inspired“….

So here is what was in my package:

2 boxes of Go Go Squeeze applesauce.  Sadly, I only had one of these.  My kids totally hijacked these from me.  The one I had, the cinnamon, was very yummy!  It’s all natural applesauce, with no added sugar (which makes me very happy) so I was glad for my kids to eat them.

A box of Annie’ homegrown cinnamon bunny grahams.  YUM!  I always love graham crackers and the little teddy grahams, but those are full of refined and processed ingredients.  These are all natural, so again, I am happy for my kids to eat them!!!

I couldn’t wait to try these kale chips!  I’d never seen these before!  Oh my!  So interesting.  And yet, I couldn’t stop popping them in my mouth!  The flavor was weirdly good.  Chili Lime.  I could taste it if I thought about it.  There was a slight heat at the end that I couldn’t resist.  My 2-year old also liked them.  We polished off the bag in one day!!

I L.O.V.E. edamame.  So these dry roasted edamame were sure to be a new favorite of mine.  They did not disappoint at all.  The slightly salty flavor and hearty texture….  I’m in LOVE!  I need to find these in a store near me!!  YUM!

And finally, the Southwest Dip.  Oh.  My.  Goodness.  I can’t say enough about this Southwest Dip!!  It was simply divine!!!  I put it on everything I could find…  crackers, meat, wraps… anything!  It had a perfectly spicy flavor.

Here is my Deer Wrap with Southwest sauce:

deer venison wrap

southwest sauce, deer meat, cheese, tomatoes, sprouts and greens

So thank you, Anna, for the super awesome box of goodies!

If you want to see what I sent to my Pal, go to Teresa’s Blog at Farm Share Stories HERE.

The Lean Green Bean

Now, after reading that don’t you want a penpal of your own?! Here are the details!

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions. -You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! -The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination! -You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!) -Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month. -Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

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What I Ate Wednesday – 9-26-12

Peas and Crayons

Once again, thanks to Jenn at Peas & Crayons for the fun linkup.  I look forward to this every week!!  This is the last Wednesday in September.  Gasp!  Can you believe October will be here next week?!?  ….And then it will be Thanksgiving before we know it ….. and then Christmas shortly after that…. and then a brand new year!!!  Oh my!!  Let the 4th quarter panic attacks begin.

Deep Breath.

It will be okay.

Baby Steps.

How about I just show you What I Ate today!  🙂

Of course, I started out with my usual cup of coffee.  I love coffee.

kale protein shake

Yeah, I’m predictable …  I had the usual kale shake for breakfast.  But oh wait, it wasn’t kale today – it was Spinach!  Ah, see – I’m shaking things up!  🙂

And notice the University of Tennessee cup ….  GO VOLS!!!  🙂

morning snack

Morning snack.  I love raw veggies.

For lunch, I headed out for a few errands and ran by Trader Joe’s to grab some produce.  I love Trader Joe’s.  (Apparently there is a ‘love’ theme here).

sushi

before

They have a tiny little deli section where there are all kinds of different salads, wraps and other things that were all very reasonably priced.  And also very fast.  I’ll have to remember that for another day.  The buffalo chicken wrap looked awesome.  But I’ve been craving sushi for a while now.  In fact, I told my hubby I wanted sushi on my birthday weekend, but we just couldn’t fit it into all the other fun.

sushi

after

I couldn’t eat too much.  It really filled me up.  And that tiny little white packet full of wasabi was awesome.  It was exactly the right amount of heat, which for me is a lot!  If my nose doesn’t hurt while I’m eating sushi and wasabi, then somebody didn’t make it right!  The hotter the better!

About 3:30pm, my sweet tooth wanted a treat:

It says it’s infused with spicy red chili.  Hmm.  Well, if it is, I can’t taste it.  Although it could be that my taste buds were burned off with that wasabi earlier.  (kidding)

After work, I had to give blood for cancer research!  No, really!  How cool is that?!?

I am proud to participate in a 20-year cancer research study by the American Cancer Society.  The study is still open all across the country.  I heard they were looking for a total of 300,000 to participate.  If you want to know more about how you can help, click this link.

After taking my measurements and giving blood, I headed over to the Duck Duck Goose consignment sale to pick up my check and my unsold stuff.

From looking at the load I put back in my car, you would have thought I didn’t sell a thing.  The pile looked the same as what I took in there.  My husband was not too thrilled about carting all that unsold stuff back down into the basement.  BUT, I actually sold $202!  (Then you take out their 30% cut and my $15 participation fee), and my check was for $126.  That’s cool.  I’ll take it.  I only spent $84 at the sale, so I call that a WIN!

By the time I got home, it was 7pm and I was STARVING!!!

But guess what?!?  Hubby had dinner waiting on me!!! How sweet is that?!?

fajitas

Homemade fajitas.  Chicken, onions, peppers, cheese, broccoli slaw, avocado and hot sauce!  YUM!!!  He did such a good job.

After dinner, we took the kids for a walk around the neighborhood, just to get everyone’s wiggles out.  My son didn’t have a very good day at school yesterday.  So we used the time to talk about his actions.

When the kids went to bed, the hubs and I plopped down on the couch and watched the latest episode of ‘Parenthood’.  Do you watch this show?  I used to love it, but my goodness, it’s gotten deep.  Every episode is a tear jerker.  The writers need to bring a little joy and happiness to this family or they are going to lose me.

I needed a little sweet fix.

I saw this flavor at the grocery store and couldn’t resist buying it.  I was hoping it would be as good as Blue Bell’s Red Velvet Cake.  (Read my review HERE)  It was NOT!  In fact, it couldn’t hold a candle to Blue Bell.  Sadly though, you can’t find Blue Bell’s Red Velvet Cake right now.  (One can only hope they will bring it back for the holidays).

I guess it’s a good thing that I didn’t like it very much.  It meant that I didn’t eat very much.

So there you have it.  That’s What I Ate Wednesday!  🙂

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What I Ate Wednesday

First of all, how is it Wednesday already??  This week has flown by, and tomorrow is my Friday!!  Yipee.

It’s time for my favorite post of the week ….  What I Ate Wednesday …..  thank you Peas and Crayons for hosting a fun linkup every week.

My day actually started at 5 a.m, which was 30 minutes before my alarm was even scheduled to go off.  I’m not sure why I popped up so early. I had some strange dreams and I guess my body was just done sleeping.

After about 4 cups of coffee, I had the usual kale protein shake.  I know – I get a little boring.  I have it every day.  But it is so yummy.

kale protein shake

I gave my daughter a few sips before I left for work.  She was eating her pancake on the couch while watching Curious George.

 

 

So I took my salad to a park around the corner, sat on a picnic bench and enjoyed the sunlight while I ate my salad.  Ahhh.  Perfect.

A little light reading during the lunch hour.  🙂

My lunch view

This was my view.  Do you know how hard it was to go back to work???

A few other people were enjoying the park-bench-with-a-view lunch hour too.

temptation

temptation

When I got back from lunch, I found these sitting on the counter – evil cookies from Panera.  A carrier rep had brought them in.

But guess what?!?  I completely resisted them!!  I didn’t have a single bite!!  Yay!

“cheese”

For dinner, we met my Mom, Aunt and cousin at Jason’s Deli to celebrate my birthday.  (It’s on Friday).  I absolutely love Jason’s Deli simply for their salad bar.  It’s awesome.

jason's deli

Tonight, though, I decided to get the Manager’s Special – a half sandwich and salad bar.  (My kids ate the chips for me).

There are just too many good sounding sandwiches to choose from.   I chose the Wild Salmon-wich.  “Marinated grilled wild Alaskan Sockeye salmon, guacamole, roma tomatoes, leafy lettuce, chipotle aioli on toasted herb focaccia.”  Sounds good, right?

It was just ok.   I think that salmon was the frozen variety.  I probably won’t order that again.

The neat thing is that we went on Wednesday night.  Kids eat FREE on Wednesday nights!!  Awesome.  Well, actually it’s a good thing.  I was very disappointed in the quality of the kids food, so I’m glad I didn’t have to pay for it.  My son’s pizza was crap.  And my daughter’s “organic” mac & cheese was straight out of a box.  The kind that uses yellow dye, too.  Not cool.

But the salad bar.  The salad bar is a different story.  All the veggies on the salad bar are organic.  There’s also a huge choice of pasta salad, couscous, hummus, etc etc.  So much great stuff to choose from.  Here’s what mine looked like.  Those little muffins are good, but I had to share with my kids.

Another main reason why I love Jason’s Deli — is the soft serve machine.  It’s FREE for everyone after your meal!  YUM!!!

After dinner, I headed over to a local children’s consignment sale, Duck Duck Goose.  Since I had consigned clothes, I had a Private pass to shop the sale one day early.  This sale is HUGE, and it only happens twice a year.  I got there at 7:45pm to start shopping.  I ran into a friend around 9:30, which was awesome because we could stand in the line together.  We ended up waiting in line for TWO HOURS to check out.  I didn’t get home til 12:30am.  Oh my goodness.  What a long day!

 

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What I Ate Wednesday

Peas and Crayons

I love this theme. Fall. It’s my favorite season.  Well, til Spring rolls around and then I say Spring is my favorite.  Oh, and I love summer, too. There are things I love about every season!  Except winter. I. HATE. Winter.  With its early sunsets and its drab colors and its cold weather, it’s definitely the worst season of all.

It’s been just a little cooler here lately, which means a high of like low 80s.  I’m loving it.  It feels so good outside.

For breakfast this morning, I had the usual kale shake.  I forgot to take a picture of it til I was sitting at my desk and I’d already downed half of it.  The hubs made it extra good this morning.  I don’t think it was any different than ususal, but it was very yummy!

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I was SUPER crazy busy today.  I had deadlines and presentations coming out my ears.  I don’t really want to talk about how STRESSED I am right now.   I’ve been working nights, and I’m sure I’ll be working ALL weekend just to get this one presentation done before Monday.  😦

I think all the spreadsheet action was sucking out my brain cells.  I needed some fuel around 10:45, so I reached for my can of almonds.  (I counted out my 28 nuts to ensure I didn’t eat more than a ounce serving).

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Jalapeno Smokehouse.  Maybe not quite as good as the Wasabi and Soy, but close.  Definitely Top 5.

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For lunch, I brought a low-carb high fiber wrap with a side of carrots and Laughing Cow cheese.  This is probably my favorite snack ever.  This wedge of cheese is only 35 calories, and it makes for an awesome carrot dip.  Way better than ranch!!

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The wrap consisted of a sliced hardboiled egg, mustard, sliced grape tomatoes, shredded cheese and fresh jalapenos!  YUM!!  I think I could have eaten 2 of these.  It was by sheer accident that I even brought this to work this morning.  We had run out of the mixed greens so I couldn’t make my usual salad.  I was in dire need of a grocery store trip.  So I improvised.  But I think I’ll be doing that more often!!

Then, around 3pm, my sweet tooth got the best of me.

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Have you tried these things??  OH MY WORD!!!  They are soooooooooo good!!!!

Ok, I am a sucker for ANYTHING pumpkin!  I absolutely adore the taste of pumpkin.  So I couldn’t resist these kisses with the flavor of Pumpkin Spice.  They did not disappoint.

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The nutritional stats are not great (or surprising).  I only had three.  So if you divide the calories in thirds, the fat in thirds, and the carbs in thirds, well, it’s not that bad.  Three is very satisfying.

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Dinner was on the grill.  These are Chicken Sausages with Spinach and Feta.  (bought at Earth Fare) and grilled veggies.  I only ended up eating one of the chicken sausages.  It was richer than it looks.  I ate the grilled zucchini first.  I LOVE zucchini.  And then the grilled pepper.  I spent the rest of my dinner time fighting with my 7 year old son about trying food.  He didn’t want to even taste the zucchini.  He said it “looked yucky”.  Well, in my house, that doesn’t fly.  I love veggies, not just for their taste, but also for their nutritional value.  I try to teach my children about proper nutrition.  But he still refused.  So I made him go to bed early.

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I leave you with a sunset pic from this evening.  Hope your was enjoyable.

So that is what I ate this Wednesday.  🙂

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Kale Protein Shake Recipe

 

kale protein shake

My hubby and I have been making protein shakes for breakfast for about the last 6 months.  We started out putting Spinach in them, which is great.  I love spinach.  But have you heard about the health benefits of kale?  It is the most nutrient dense of all the veggies!!  It’s packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber.  Why wouldn’t you want to start your day with that?

One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, 180% of your recommended daily requirement of Vitamin A, 200% of Vitamin C, and 1,020% of Vitamin K, according to WebMD .

Carotenoids and flavonoids are the antioxidants that have been are touted with reducing your risk of cancer.  There are over 45 different flavonoids in kale.  In addition to the antioxidants and the anti-cancer nutrients in the form of glucosinolates, there are also anti-inflammatory nutrients.  It will turn the ordinary protein shake into a powerhouse breakfast!!

So enough about kale, let’s get to the recipe ….

2 scoops chocolate protein powder (I prefer the cookies and cream flavor)

1 Tbsp ground flax seeds

1 Tbsp PB2 (optional)

1/2 banana (optional)

1 cup frozen blueberries (or other fruit of your choice)

2 cups kale  (YES!)

about 1 cup water

about 1 cup ice, or enough to get it to your desired consistency

Throw all the ingredients in the blender and blend til smooth.

Makes 2 servings.

ingredients

I think frozen blueberries are best because they change the color of the shake to a brown-ish purple.  Especially, if you are trying to sneak the kale in on your unsuspecting spouse.  If you don’t mind the green color, frozen strawberries work well too.  Probably any frozen fruit would be good, but I try to stay away from those that are high on the glycemic index such as mangoes or pineapples.  Don’t get me wrong, I love mangoes and pineapples.  I have them occassionally.

frozen bananas

Quick tip on bananas —  If you have some on your counter that are about to get brown, just peel them and throw them in the freezer.  Being frozen actually helps the consistency of the shake.

Bananas are also high on the glycemic index, meaning they create a spike in your blood sugar levels.  We don’t do bananas every day, but if we do, we limit it to 1/2 a banana per 2-shake recipe.

Two secret ingredients.  PB2 adds that PB flavor without all the fat and calories.  And flaxseeds give you the Omega-3s you need.  I could probably write a whole post on Flaxseeds too.  Love these things!

kale protein shake

You could probably throw in any veggie.  Once it gets blended, you don’t even know it’s there.  In fact, my hubby slipped eggplant in there and I didn’t even know it.

Blend and enjoy!!  🙂

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I’m Back! … with Eggplant!

I must apologize – I’ve been MIA this week.  It’s been a crazy busy week with school starting and getting back into a normal routine.

I even missed the ‘What I Ate Wednesday’ post, which I really hated to do!  I love doing the WIAW pictures.  This Wednesday, my firm hosted a seminar on Healthcare Reform for our clients.  (Don’t even get me started on Healthcare Reform – maybe I’ll save that for another post another day).

It was a catered event so there were the usual pastries, muffins and cereals.  Carb overload.  So I refrained.  I was going to take a picture of the buffet for you, but I was too busy talking to clients.  Because I had skipped breakfast, I was starving for lunch.  I scarfed my salad down before I even had time to think about taking a picture of it. But it looked something like this:

homemade salad

That’s Thursday’s salad.  I ate it at my desk while I worked.  Then on Thursday night, the hubs made us some amazing fish tacos:

homemade fish tacos

But all of that wasn’t too exciting.  It was what I did on Friday that I’m excited to share with you.  I had the BEST day on Friday!!  I don’t know what it was.  Maybe I finally got the hang of the new school routine.  Maybe it’s because I was wearing jeans.  Or maybe it’s because my hubby snuck some eggplant into my kale shake.  Yes, you read that correctly.  EGGPLANT.  In a Protein Shake.  It sounds disgusting, right??  He didn’t tell me until I had drank the whole thing.  And I couldn’t tell anything different.

(Kale Shake recipe here)

In fact, I had just gotten to work and as I sat down, I had an email from the hubs asking me if I liked my shake.  I replied yes.  To which his follow up question was, “Could you tell what the secret ingredient was?”  I had 3 sips left, so I took a big swig, swirled it around in my mouth, furrowed my eyebrow and responded “No.  What is it?”  And then he dropped the bomb.  Eggplant.  Seriously??  We had leftover grilled eggplant in the fridge from dinner two nights before.

grilled eggplant

Not being the kind to waste food, we like to use our leftovers rather than throwing them out.  But he’s never gone so far as to put leftover grilled veggies in our breakfast shake.  Weird.  But it worked.  And eggplant is brain food.  So I really think it helped me have the most productive day I’ve had in a really long time.  I was even offering to help other people get their work done.

I had so much energy by 5pm, I went for a run after work at my favorite place:

Lakeshore Park

Lakeshore Park

It was a beautiful day, but still so very hot.  I remembered why I don’t like to run outside in August!!

So that was the end of my week.  I apologize for being absent for the last couple of days.

I’ll leave you with a sunset picture and a promise….

I promise not to miss a post next week, especially the WIAW post!!  (It’s my fave).  Oh, and stay tuned on the 31st when I reveal my foodie pen pal box!!

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What I Ate Wednesday

Time for another installment of What I Ate Wednesday.   Such a fun little thing to share with the blogosphere, courtesy of Peas and Crayons.

So today started the same as any other day, with a kale shake.  Today’s was slightly different, though.  We ran out of frozen strawberries so we added fresh peaches instead. I know it sounds like a really weird combo – peaches, kale and cookies ‘n cream flavored protein powder, but I promise it works!!

protein shake

Today was a crazy busy day. So busy, in fact, I’m surprised I even remembered to eat lunch at all.  Thankfully I had brought a salad from home.

spinach salad

Spinach, yellow peppers, grape tomatoes, sprouts, and feta cheese with homemade balsamic vinaigrette.   Yum!!
Then I added a pouch of tuna, which is a great way to increase your protein intake.

And a few almonds on the side. 🙂

When I picked my son up from school, I asked him what he wanted for dinner. “Tacos”, he screamed from the backseat.  Ok.  Good idea, buddy!!

tacos with ground turkey

Taco shells, ground turkey, salsa, cheese, banana peppers and jalapenos.
As a rule, I don’t buy iceberg lettuce.  So instead of shredded lettuce, I topped my tacos with spinach.

My hubby crumbled up his tacos, and turned it into a taco salad topped with ranch.

taco salad

My son refused to allow me to post pictures of his taco. He’s so funny.

Then, after dinner, to satisfy a little sweet craving, I had a few peanut butter chips.

peanut butter chips

Question of the day:  how do you satisfy a sweet craving without derailing your diet??

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Eggplant and Kale Lasagna

I’ve actually never bought an eggplant before.  I don’t know why not. They are such pretty vegetables.

eggplant

I found a recipe for Eggplant Parmesan, but I was lacking a few of the ingredients and I also wanted to add some kale.  I always take recipes as suggestions anyways.  And you can take this as a suggestion too.  In fact, if you don’t have kale, fresh spinach would work great!!  And if you wanted to make it more like a normal lasagna, you can add the usual layer of cottage cheese mixture.  I personally don’t care for cottage cheese so that’s why it’s absent in this dish.

You’ll notice there aren’t any measurements in my recipe.  That’s because it’s totally up to you.  If you want more cheese, add more cheese.  If you don’t like kale as much as I do, then don’t add as much.

Eggplant and Kale Lasagna

2 large eggplants

kale

tomato sauce (I used Prego Heart Smart traditional)

parmesan cheese

mozzarella cheese

garlic powder

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  We’re going to roast the eggplant first.  After skinning it, cut in 1/4″ slices and lay on sprayed cookie sheet.  (They will stick if not properly sprayed).  Should take about 15 minutes, but keep an eye on them.

roasted eggplant on a pan

When you get the roasted eggplant out of the oven, turn the oven down to 350 degrees.  Now we’re going to start assembling the lasagna.  First, pour about a cup of sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.  Then arrange a layer of eggplant over it, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and garlic powder.

how to make eggplant lasagna

Then top with kale and mozzarella cheese.

how to make eggplant lasagna

Repeat the layers again until you’ve used all the ingredients and filled up the casserole dish.  (I had 3 layers of eggplant and 2 layers of kale).  Top with more cheese.

how to make eggplant lasagna

Bake in 350 degree oven for around 30 minutes.  But watch it, I overdid it just a little.

eggplant and kale lasagna

eggplant and kale lasagna

Serve with white wine.

And as you can see on my last WIAW post, it makes great leftovers!!  Enjoy!!

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