Now do you ever wake up in the morning feeling like your body REALLY needs some fruits and vegetables? Today was one of those mornings. I just knew I couldn't bake any cookies, cakes, or breads because I'm already on carb overload. This could be a very long year, but in a good way. So, it was vegetable soup for lunch and baked Eggplant Parmigiana for dinner WITHOUT any garlic bread (which is something we'll usually have).
This one comes from deep inside the recesses of my brain. I actually use the same recipe from a Chicken Parmigiana that my father's sister, Carol, gave to my mother. I'll be making that, too sometime during the year. Don't worry, it's still early yet. We have PLENTY of time. Just wait, I decided today that no blog on baking should be complete without that all important fruit cake at Christmas time. I'm telling you all now so that you forget and will be pleasantly surprised when I bake it. I have to say, I don't know how much of that thing I'd eat though. Have you ever tried to pick one of those things up?! They're heavy and being that heavy probably doesn't do well in your stomach!
This fed our family of four tonight and I had minimal leftovers for hubby for tomorrow's lunch. He said that tonight's meal was, "of restaurant quality". My son liked it, too; our daughter, not so much. She's not an eggplant eater, but loves the Chicken Parm.
1 medium size Eggplant
1 Egg (beaten)
1 cup of Italian Bread Crumbs
1 cup of shredded or grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 Olive Oil
3 cups Spaghetti Sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Peel Eggplant and slice into 1/4 inch rounds. Some cookbooks say to drain the eggplant for 30 minutes on paper towels. I never have and it's never been a problem. I just don't have the patience and want to complete my dinner. Combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese on plate. Dip eggplant slices into beaten egg and then into crumb/parm. mixture. If I find I'm running out of the mixture, I'll just add more of both in a 1:1 ratio. Heat oil in skillet on med. high. Place eggplant in skillet and cook on both sides til golden brown.
Pour 1 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce into 8x8" baking dish. Layer eggplant in dish and cover with remaining sauce. Sprinkle Mozzarella cheese on top.
Bake at 375 for 25 minutes until bubbly.
I suppose I should have been writing the steps down as I went tonight, but I have done it so often that it's just really second nature. Blogging it now though after the fact is another story and I'm really hoping I didn't miss anything, but I really don't think I did. Questions, just ask and I'll give you an answer.
It was yummy. I love those nights when dinner tastes really good!
So on Sunday, my couponing cohort, Cady (Oohh, all that alliteration! My high school English teachers would be so proud.) and I went to our local grocery store on a mission. We have recently joined a couponing website here in AZ and I highly recommend it. It is http://www.couponsense.com/. It is national, so I would encourage all of you to check it out. This is probably one of the best and easiest ways to save money. I could blog all night about this, but I want to set up a separate page so you can all just go to "Couponing" and of course, I'm technically challenged with it. Will work on it more tomorrow because it is so very important. So, Cady and I went to Fry's and each saved quite a bit of money on our bills. I had a savings of $60.92 (48%), and Cady saved $80! It can be pretty exciting standing there at the checkout watching the total decrease as they use the store club card and then the coupons. It's an even better feeling when you get home and tell your husband how much you saved. There are ways to do it and you need to be informed. I rarely pay full price for anything now. It's all about being prepared, knowing the meals we'll be eating for the week, knowing what is on sale where (couponsense is a great help with this and tells you which coupons you'll need), and combining the coupons from the Sunday papers, internet and magazines with the sales.
I purchased two packages of Kraft American Singles for $.25 each the other day! The store was honoring Competitor's coupons and I had one from Target for $.50 off of two. Each pack was on sale at Fry's for $1.49 and I had two manufacturer's coupon for $.75 off one which they raised to $1.00. So, $1.49 x 2= $2.98 - $2.50 (comp. coupon + manufac
It is so much easier buying things when they're on sale than running out to the store every day trying to figure out what we're going to have for dinner. This way, I have a lot more food on hand and can just make dinner with what is available in the house and I'm not having to pay full price for a last minute dinner. Believe me, there will be plenty more discussion on this as well. It has now become another passion and as my husband says, that is my job. I may be grocery shopping and spending the money, but I'm doing it in a much smarter way and it is very rewarding. You can do it, too!
Ok, I still have to add pictures of the pie to yesterday's blog. I had done it, but then they "magically" disappeared. Grrrrrrr...darn laptop. So until tomorrow...Happy baking! I still have to get this super glue off these two fingers and my thumb....