Eggplant Parmesan

In all honesty, I have only ever eaten eggplant once in my life. I had it last year when I made ratatoulli! So trying eggplant in a different form, I wasn’t too sure how this recipe would turn out.

I can say that I actually impressed myself and have a new favorite recipe that is light, crisp and delicious. The entire recipe cost me $10 and it makes about 5-6 servings. I really recommend trying this out, impress yourself, impress your friends and enjoy an awesome meal!

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Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1-2 cups of flour
  • 1-2 cups of fine Italian bread crumbs (I like to use Kroger)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2-4 tbsp of grape seed oil (highly recommend over olive oil for this frying)
  • Parmesan cheese shredded
  • Whole milk mozzarella shredded (available at Kroger)
  • Tomato sauce canned or see recipe below
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder, garlic salt, crushed red pepper
  • Deep medium size baking dish
  • Frying pan

Fresh tomato sauce recipe

  • 1 can of whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 small can or half of a large can pureed tomatoes
  • Fresh basil
  • Fresh parsley
  • dried thyme
  • dried oregano
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • half a small onion finely diced
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder, garlic salt, crushed red pepper

Tomato sauce instructions

  1. Cut up/smash the whole tomatoes. Pour all  juice from jar and pieces into a sauce pan.
  2. Add your pureed tomatoes
  3. Saute your finely diced onion and minced garlic in a pan, till they’re soft but not browned.
  4. Finely chop your basil and parsley. About 1-2 tbsp each.
  5. Add in your onion/garlic mixture and begin seasoning with your thyme, oregano and additional seasonings.
  6. Taste taste taste! Get the sauce to your liking and keep on low heat so that it can cook while you begin your eggplant.

Eggplant Parmesan Instructions

  1. Peel your eggplant and then cut vertically into thin strips.
  2. Place the strips on paper towel and sprinkle with salt then cover with more paper towel. This process helps get all the moisture out of the eggplant so it wont’ be mushy. Let the eggplant rest for an hour, this is when I made my tomato sauce and prepared the rest of my ingredients.

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3. Once you’ve hit your hour mark, rinse off the salt from your slices and pat dry with paper towel.

4. Cut the vertical slices in half, so you have almost like squares. This will allow easy placement and stacking in the baking dish and makes serving easier.

5. We are now going to prepare our batter station with 3 separate bowls. An egg wash bowl, a flour bowl and then an Italian bread crumb bowl.

6. Whisk together 4 eggs so that the egg wash is smooth.

7. Take a slice of egg plant, dip into the egg wash–shake off any access then dip into the flour so that its lightly coated and shake off any access. Dip your slice back into the egg wash and into the bread crumbs.

8. Have a frying pan ready with 1-2 tbsp of the grape seed oil. Place your slice into the HOT pan and let brown on each side. About 3 min each side. I usually put 4-5 slices in at a time. More oil may be needed the more you fry.

9. Repeat batter process and fry all pieces.

10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

11. Place a layer of your slices into the baking dish. Cover with sauce and cheese then add another layer of eggplant. Repeat stacking until done. Top with sauce and cheese then bake for 30 minutes.

12. Cook your spaghetti as directed.

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Place your eggplant serving on top of your spaghetti, garnish with some parsley and serve with a nice dry white wine.

Enjoy!

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Acorn Squash casserole

Its fall and that means squash is out and ready for the picking. I personally had never had acorn squash before, but decided to try it out. It has a similar flavor to a sweet potato but not as dense.

This recipe is super easy, cheap and delicious! I literally can’t get enough of this and will probably be making this agian here soon.

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Ingredients

  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 package of mild breakfast sausage
  • 2 cans of  chili ready tomatoes (tomatoes with green peppers)
  • 1 small sweet onion
  • 1 glove of garlic
  • 1 cup of brown rice
  • 1 cup of italian blend cheese
  • italian bread crumbs about 1 cup and 1/2
  • 3 tbsp of butter
  • about 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder and some garlic salt, dried tarragon (or italian seasoning is fine also)
  • a little chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut your acorn squash in half, scoop out seeds. Spread olive oil on the inside of the both sides of the acorn squash, then salt n pepper evenly.
  3. Put squash on tin foil inside a casserole dish or a baking sheet–place in oven and cook for 40-50 minutes. The squash should be easily pierced with fork and tender–when ready.

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4. At about 20 minutes, chop onion and mince garlic. Put in skillet and add in sausage. Cook on medium until sausage is cook, season with garlic powder adn salt n pepper.

5. Cook cup of rice as instructed.

6. When rice is ready add rice and cans of tomatoes to sausage filling, cook on low as the squash is finished cooking.

7. When squash is ready, scoop out of shells, chop and add to the skillet.

8. Season your filling and squash to your liking.

9. Pour ingredients into a medium casserole dish, sprinkle cheese over top and then your bread crumbs.

10. Melt butter in microwave until its liquid, pour over bread crumbs. Sprinkle a little garlic salt evenly over top of casserole.

11. Place casserole in oven and cook for about 20 minutes until the top is crispy.

12. Serve and enjoy!

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Kaitlyn’s family famous sausage roll

 

This is technically not a roll, more of breakfast hot pocket of sorts. Anyway this is one of my favorite breakfast dishes and is the ultimate crowd pleaser! It taste what I’ve been told as biscuits and gravy but better. It’s super simple, delicious and cheap to make! Serves 8.

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Ingredients

  • 2 rolls of low-fat crescent rolls (they don’t have to be low fat but it’s what I use and I think they taste the best!)
  • 1 package of cream cheese
  • 1 roll of breakfast sausage ( I usually get mild)
  • poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to what is listed on the crescent roll package.
  2. Put sausage in skillet and begin to cook.
  3. Cook sausage throughly and then turn down heat of stove and add in your cream cheese.
  4. Melt the cream cheese till it’s fully blended with the sausage.

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5. On a non stick baking tray roll out one package of crescent rolls. It should be a long rectangle and make sure there are no holes in the dough.

6. Spread the sausage and cream cheese mixture over the crescent rolls evenly.

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7. Take the second crescent roll and place over top. Fold in edges so it looks like a giant hot pocket. I also pinch  together the top so there are no holes.

4AD804F6-BB31-45CD-B5D8-BA1F353AC2738. And lastly cover your now beautiful giant sausage pocket with poppy seeds.

9E89FFE4-F28F-4512-AF07-B140FDD12C0A9. Place in oven and bake until golden, about the same time as instructed on the crescent roll package. Check the middle with a fork, stick in the middle to make sure the dough is not raw before removing from the oven.

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10. Sliced up and enjoy with family and friends !

French Carrot Salad

This is probably the best discovery since sliced bread…French carrot salad—taking the regular side dish to a whole new level! It’s easy, it’s cheap and it’s damn good! Not only is it fancy looking, it’ll easily impress all your friends! Take Memorial Day weekend up a notch with this dish!

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Ingredients

  • 6-7 large carrots, peeled and then grated or use a mandolin to slice thin
  • 3/4 TBSP honey
  • 1 TBSP Dijon mustard
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1-2 TBSP dices shallots
  • 1clove garlic minced
  • 2-3 TBSP parsley
  • 1-2 TBSP lemon juice
  • salt/pepper to season

Instructions

  • Grate your carrots, they should be shoestring/paper thin. You’re pretty much going for a coleslaw cabbage consistency. I used my mandolin on the 1 setting to get them thin. I broke the carrots in half to keep the size consistent so they weren’t long strings.
  • Once your carrots are ready, add in your garlic, shallots, honey, Dijon and olive oil.
  • Give everything a big stir then season with salt and pepper.
  • Add in your parsley and finish with a good spritz if lemon juice! Adjust seasoning as needed.
  • Serve and enjoy !!A24FBDB3-16B7-4F9F-B6E9-EAC559F2F01B