Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Getting Back in the Groove

Okay, okay, I'm back. It has been record time since I've last posted, but for good reason. It hit me a few weeks ago that summer is very quickly coming to an end, and so we have been very busy soaking in our last bit of summer activities...playgrounds, walks, gardening, playing outside in the sandbox...and a few other fun things along the way, almost all not related to food...

Some garden time...Lainey apparently inherited my love of creepy crawlies-played with this guy for almost an hour.

A fantastic camping trip at Woodstock KOA with two of our favorite people, Pop and Gramma, and Lainey's first ever roasted marshmallow!

About to (very excitedly) walk in the door at Lainey's first day of preschool...sigh.

My kitchen has been quite neglected. I'm starting to get back in the groove, though, and now I'll share with you the perfect, don't-want-to-cook-dinner dinner. :) I realllly wanted eggplant parm a few weeks ago, but I'm way too lazy to deal with all the breading, egging, frying, and layering. I lost the original website and I cannot find it again, so I cannot credit the amazing mama who came up with this recipe, but this one's a keeper. (I don't usually measure stuff like this, just eyeball it, so my apologies for the non-recipe!)

Lazy Mama's Eggplant Parmesan:

Dice eggplant into bite sized pieces. Cook over medium heat in a couple tablespoons of olive oil until tender.
Transfer into a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle top with a good layer of breadcrumbs (I used seasoned), top with a layer of tomato sauce, then a layer of mozzarella cheese (I thinly sliced a log of fresh), sprinkle with grated paremsan, and bake at 350° until golden and bubbly. Serve with a side of whole wheat pasta.

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