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Eggplant Parm Make Over

This weekend, Brent and I were sitting out on our porch talking about what foods we wanted to get for the week. After spending about a year with my parent’s, Brent picked up the love for Eggplant Parm. It’s become a running joke that it’s one of the only ways we can get him to willingly eat veggies.

I haven’t really been eating pasta all too often and wasn’t really feeling the heaviness of it. It’s not on my summer food loving list. Immediately, the idea was born. Spaghetti squash Eggplant Parm.

The recipe below is actually a combination of two that I have done before. Baked Eggplant and just a typical Spaghetti Squash.

Eggplant Parm Makeover

Ingredients:

1 Large Eggplant 3 Eggs
1 Cup Italian Bread Crumbs 1 16oz Jar Tomato Basil Red Sauce
2 Medium Sized Spaghetti Squash 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to Taste 1/4 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded

Directions:

Spaghetti Squash:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut each squash in half and remove the seeds. Spread the olive oil over the inside of half and place them face down on a baking sheet. Bake them for 40 minutes or until the outside has become soft or wrinkly.

2. Let them cool off to the side for a few minutes. Then take a fork to the inside of them and scrape the squash from the inside. It will turn into strings. Place the squash in a bowl.

Eggplant:

1. Slice the eggplant in even slices with 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch width, depending on your preference. It’s more important to make them even.

2. In a flat dish with edges, whip up the eggs with 1 tablespoon of water until it is uniform. Place the bread crumbs on a separate plate. Take a slice of eggplant, place it in the eggs mixture until well covered, then transfer it to the bread crumb plate and cover it with the crumbs. Don’t forget to do the sides!

3. Put the eggplant slices on a baking sheet. Once all of the slices are finished, bake them for 15 minutes at 400 degrees, flip them over and bake for another 15 minutes or until as crispy as you want.

4. To serve, top the squash with the eggplant and finish with some red sauce and mozzarella.

DONE! You can make the squash and the eggplant at the same time. So don’t wait for the squash to finish in the oven before starting the eggplant.

Eggplant Parm Make Over Steps

Brent took a bite of it and I quote, “This may be the best thing I have ever eaten.” Words like this are really rare because normally I get, “Yea, it’s good.” And it’s a plate of veggies!! This will be making another appearance.

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I used a new red sauce for this as well, and it was delicious. I would recommend you give it Rao’s Homemade Red Sauce a try. You could make this gluten free by just substituting gluten free bread crumbs.

Have you ever changed a favorite and had it turn out better?

 

Juicy Turkey Burger

I got home from work, and I was trying to come up with something to throw together for dinner, because the big man was coming over. Meat was pretty much the only requirement, and usually is. When he heads over, 90% of the time I should probably start heating up the grill.

I try not to eat red meat more than once a week, because health wise, it’s really not a great idea to eat it more often. Besides the high fat content and high calories, its been known to cause heart problems and other blood problems if it becomes a major part of your diet. Which lead me to poultry. With a package of ground turkey in the freezer, Turkey Burgers came to life.

Let’s just say, when I told him Turkey Burgers was on the menu, he was a little less than excited because all he could think of was those dried out slabs of ground turkey you find in dining halls. So I went to work with the main goal of making sure these little suckers stayed JUICY.

Ingredients:

1 Pound of Ground Turkey                                                  Lettuce

1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, Low Fat                              1/4 Red Pepper

4 Slices of Tomato                                                               4 Whole Wheat Buns

 

Directions:

1. Dice your red pepper.

 

2. Divide up your pound of ground meat into 4 patties. Take one patty, split it in two, to form two thin patties.

3. Fill the center of one of the patties with some mozzarella cheese and red peppers.

 

4. Put the second half of the patty on top of the first.

 

5. Complete three other patties. And warm up skillet, grill or any other cooking surface to a medium-high heat.

 

6. Throw the burgers on the grill and cook for about 5 minutes on each side. I cooked on a skillet and sprayed the surface with cooking spray just before I put the patties on. You don’t want the cooking spray to burn or else you will get a burnt looking patty.

7. While the burgers were on the the grill, I chopped up my tomatoes and pulled out the lettuce.

 

8. Burgers are done,

So throw some ketchup on the bun, add the burger, lettuce and tomato. I toasted the bun because it adds a bit of crispness to the meal. And there you have it!

 

 

When Brent took a bite out of his burger, his eyes literally popped out of his head, and the juice from the burger dripped down his chin. Needless to say, it was a great success. The man LOVED them. SO much that he had  3. Not really sticking to any sort of healthy portion size, but hey, I took the over eating as a huge compliment.

 

Not to mention, on his way home from work, I asked if he would pick up those whole wheat buns. He pulls in the driveway and I go RUNNING out the door to snatch the burger buns from his hands, because I had been staring at the clock for fifteen minutes since the burgers came off the grill and needed these guys toasted. My burgers were getting cold 😦 As I FLING open the passenger side door, Brent pulls up two large bouquets of flowers. Definitely makes up for the 15 minutes of waiting, and more!

 

 

So sweet I just had to share! And look at those flowers!!

 

Well let me know what you all think about the turkey burgers! Give them a try at your next BBQ just to shake things up. And don’t be afraid to try something new! Next time I make these burgers, I am thinking Blue Cheese and diced Bacon on the inside, and maybe some BBQ sauce to top it off! Talk about a Manly Turkey Burger! ….Does that even exist 🙂

 

Happy Eating!