Dec 7, 2008

New series: Nosurf Meal Chronicles, day 1

After a comment on one of my last posts I realized that it might be a cool thing if I put some recipes and ideas out there, just in case there are people who want to use less meat but don't know how to. This has been (as I said before) a journey of sweat and tears for me and so if I can make someone else's life easier and less stressful trying to use less meat, I'm more than willing. Maybe all my frustration will count for more that way, :)

I'll give each of these meals "deliciousness" ratings based upon how kids take them and how grownups (skywalker and I) take them.

so to that end: tonight's meal.

Main dish:

Leftover Eggplant Lasagna
--Kids give it ** out of **** stars (based upon reaction)
--Grownups give it **** out of **** stars. it really is yummy, even if you hate eggplant (which I do.)

1 eggplant (slice it in 1/4 inch disks)

3-4 eggs (depending on size of the eggplant)


spaghetti or flavored tomato sauce

parmesan cheese

2 cups ricotta cheese

2 cups spinach

Take the eggplant disks. dip them in the egg, in the flour, and then fry them in olive or other vegetable oil, on each side, until golden.

take the spinach and ricotta and 1/4 cup parmesan, mix together.

layer the eggplant as if it were lasagna noodles; put a layer of eggplant, then some of the cheese mixture, then more eggplant, then the sauce, then more eggplant, then sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan across the top. Oven at 375, cover the casserole dish in tinfoil and bake for about an hour.

Salad: romaine lettuce, red cabbage, olives, shaved onions, corn and garbanzo beans. Served with litehouse ranch (the only kind worth buying... you will not go back) and sesame-sticks (buy in bulk at health-food store) as a crouton-like topping.

We also had rhodes rolls and pie, because we were all crazy hungry after fast Sunday. The pie was chocolate pudding, a store bought crust, and Kool Whip.

nutritional notes:

Sesame seeds are one of the most calcium rich foods in the world. Many cultures use them in the form of sesame seed oil, as well as the whole seed. Both are very calcium-rich. Also, sesame seeds have a high amount of protein.


Heather said...

I didn't know that about sesame seeds. That's good to know. I'll have to start adding them to things. :) Thanks for the Eggplant recipe. The only eggplant casserole I've had in my lifetime was disgustingly unedible so that makes me hesitant to make anything with eggplant. But I'll have to be brave and give this one a try. The ** kid review doesn't scare me much. Most things I make are probably rated ** or less by my kids. You have to have a thick skin when cooking for kids!

Hayley said...

that is an easy recipe (knowing me i'll still screw something up). Idon't have any cup measures here, but i dont really need one for a cup of spinach.

Thanks..I will give it a go. someday.

Corrine said...

no idea about the seasame seeds, pretty cool!

that sounds really good, I do like eggplant.

(came over via mormon mommies)

Putz said...

really even for a meateater that egg plant stuff sounds tasty and filling...could you put a beef boulion cube in it for us sinners

michele said...

I made eggplant lasagna the other day, just like yours minus the spinach. I also used bread crumbs instead of flour and I tried baking the eggplant on a cookie sheet instead of frying. It was super delicious! (But maybe the fried version is a bit yummier.)

Lucy Stern said...

Wow, that sounds good, I will have to give it a try......