Easy Cheesy Eggplant Parm!

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After a brief hiatus of homemade cooking, I bought a ton of vegetables and needed a reason to make something cheesy! This simple eggplant recipe is one that can be made as  rich or healthy as desired. The pictures speak volumes! … Continue reading

Farmers Market Delights!

‘Tis the season for fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers! During this time, I love visiting the NYC Union Square Farmers Market to check out the fresh produce & plants that the upstate farms are bringing to the city. Not only are you accessing the best produce in season, but you’re also ensured that it’s coming form a sustainable environment.

Please enjoy these photos as a beginning to the colorful assortment of healthy living!

 

<– Dahlias from Hodgson’s Farm

 

 

 

 

 

Image via Paffernoth Gardens –>

Post-Passover Meal Preparations!

To all, I wish you a belated Happy Pesach and Easter. I hope everyone had quality time to spend with their family and friends while enjoying their respective holiday celebrations, and most importantly, the exorbitant amount of food! I’m still in a food coma thinking about it…

I celebrate Passover and found it rather difficult this year to keep the “no bread, corn syrup, starchy foods” out of my daily routine for eight whole days. [Technically, I broke it by using dairy/meat that may have not been kosher for passover – but let’s not count that!] In my effort to curb those cravings, I decided to get creative! I used my kitchen as a resource to take everyday simple dishes and make them kosher-for-passover friendly and [trying to] maintain the great flavor!

My most successful dish of the week was eggplant parmigiana with a side of sauteed vegetables —


This recipe is was taken from the site Jewish in A Gentile World blog. A few tweaks were made, but it is a generic eggplant parmigiana recipe that is simple, quick and can be enjoyed by all!

Take out all of your ingredients:

  • Eggplant (sliced 1/2 inch or thick enough to hold sauce/cheese without breaking
  • Matzoh Meal
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Thyme, Garlic Powder and/or other spices of preference

Put eggplant slices onto pan with oil and let it soak each side [approximately 4-6 minutes each side depending on thickness.] Then, transfer slices to a plate of the matzoh meal mixed with spices of your choice [we used thyme, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder.]

Once the mixture is combined and stuck to the eggplant, transfer them to a pan and give equal space between each piece [to let the sauce/cheese have room to melt.] Add tomato sauce to each slice and a piece of cheese to each. [We used kosher for passover mozzarella and light muenster cheese – this can be traded for any type of cheese.] Once this is complete, you can put into the oven [best timing is probably 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.] Cook until you reach desired consistency.

The final outcome should have the cheese melted and eggplant cooked through – the more you cook, the more burnt the cheese may get.

The results made for a delicious meal that was healthy yet delicious! Even though the holiday is over, I actually made this again last night but used white cheddar cheese to spice things up!

I am usually a “go by the book” type of cook, but this recipe has allowed me to practice experimenting with alternate spices, cheeses and vegetables I normally don’t work with! Try for yourself and you’ll surprise yourself…

Happy Birthday To Me!

It’s been almost a year of my healthy lifestyle changes and I’m happy to report success! To treat myself, I spent last week celebrating my 26th birthday in style – none other than delicious italian food @ 11B, mac & cheese at LES Sons of Essex, Carvel ice cream cake (extra chocolate fudge/crunchies – we don’t mess around) and a BIG 5 Napkin Burger! Thank you to my friends and family for being such amazing people and helping me celebrate what I hope to be an exciting and fruitful year!

Now it’s time to get out of my food coma and back to the grind!!

Tuesday Night Kitchen Escapades – Chicken Marsala!

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In my continued efforts to eat healthy and save money simultaneously, I opted for one of my favorite dishes – Chicken Marsala! While this can typically be a high-calorie meal at traditional italian restaurants with the significant amounts of oil … Continue reading