Eggplant Parm Recipe

If you know me, you are aware that I have never been a domesticated woman.

Since living with my boyfriend, I decided it was a good time to get acclimated to the “House Wife” lifestyle. That entails laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, and of course, cooking!

I have always been intimated by the idea of cooking. Like anything else in life, you won’t know if you are good/bad or if you do/don’t like, unless you give it a try.  Pinterest has become my go-to for delicious recipes on the fly.

One of the first recipes I searched was Eggplant Parm. I found several different recipes, but I wasn’t fully satisfied with any particular one.  So, I daringly combined three different recipes and crossed my fingers that the end result would be decent.

Well, to my surprise, the boyfriend loved it! Which says a lot, because he is usually the one that does the cooking 😛

I’ll share my recipe with all of you, in hopes that you can wow your significant other too 😉

Prep Time: 1 hr   |  Cook Time: 30 min   | Total Time: 1 1/2 hrs

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

2 Medium sized eggplants

1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce (I chose a ‘Three Cheese’)

1 8oz package of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

2 cups of Grated Parmesan Cheese

2 cloves of Garlic

2 eggs

1 cup Skim Milk

2 tablespoons of Flour

2 cups of Italian Seasoning Bread Crumbs

Salt

Butter

Olive Oil

Basil (optional)

Let’s Get Started:

First wash eggplants, peel and then cut them into 1/4″ rounds.  Sprinkle salt on both sides of each slice of eggplant and place them in a colander (I ended up needing two) with a plate underneath. Let them sit for an hour or so.  This is to take out the moisture and bitterness.

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

Whisk 2 eggs in a bowl. Combine 2 cups of bread crumbs and 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese in a different bowl.

Take slices of eggplant out of the colander(s) and place them on paper towels. Wipe off excess salt from each side of the eggplant slices.

Dip slices into eggs and then dip into the bread crumb mixture. Place the slices on a cookie sheet (you may need two) after you’ve drizzled some olive oil to prevent sticking.

Place cookie sheets in the oven and time for 10 minutes, flipping the slices after 5 minutes.

While they are in the oven, you can make your sauce.

Take 1 cup of skim milk, add to skillet or sauce pan, whisk in 2 tablespoons of flour, 2 cloves of minced garlic and 1/2 cup of your favorite pasta/marinara sauce. Keep on HIGH until sauce comes to a boil, then let simmer for a couple of minutes..let sauce thicken off heat for a few minutes.

Your eggplant slices should be out of the oven at this point.

Spread 1/2 cup of your jarred marinara/pasta sauce on the bottom of the baking dish (I used 8×8″).

Start placing slices of eggplant in dish (single layer).

Pour some of that sauce you just made over the slices, sprinkle mozzarella cheese and grated parmesan cheese on top.

Place your second layer of eggplant slices and repeat with sauce, mozzarella cheese and grated parmesan cheese.

If you have slices leftover for another layer, go for it! If you have any of that sauce you made left over, pour remaining on top, if not, I just used 1/2 cup of the marinara sauce and topped off with more cheese.  Note* if you have basil, add some to the top!

Place dish in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Serves 3-4 people. You can serve as-is, like a casserole, or you can place over top penne pasta like I did 🙂

Enjoy!

xx

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& it’s a little bit funny…

How things happen, fall into place, come full circle…however you’d like to say it.

This time last year, I was in a doomed relationship & struggled to find a way out.  That “way” soon found me [as bad as it may have been] & I was set free.

Now, almost a year later, I am enjoying myself more than I ever had in the 5 years [of that relationship].  When I feel that I’m missing something in my life, it’s easy to think back to that past relationship, but I know better now.  The past stays in the past for a reason.  & I believe there is a reason that I haven’t seen or talked to my past in almost a year.  I am a firm believer in everything happens for a reason & what goes around comes around – if you didn’t catch that, I’m talkin’ about karma. & what a lovely, yet haunting thing she can be.

I recently learned of some events that happened, involving my past.  While it makes me so happy, relieved, & content to hear about the embarrassment endured..I still feel sorry.  Not for my actions, but for theirs.

According to the karma of past actions, one’s destiny unfolds, even though everyone wants to be so lucky.  ~Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Unfortunately, I realize at last, you cannot change a person.  Their future lies in the hands of fate, & nature will take its course.

How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.  ~Wayne Dyer

One shouldn’t delight in others’ misfortunes. But, on this rare occasion, I find it very easy.  & I believe that’s because I still have anger & hate towards my past.  That’s when I found my Daily Inspiration from the quoted author above.  [I highly recommend his books]  I can let go of my past now knowing I did what I could & seeing that nothing has changed without me.

As for that girl…I am happy she was smart enough to get out of the situation before she was trapped, like I once was.

&& I sincerely hope my past finds a future of a better nature

xx

& a star is born!

It all started last Friday when I received a call from Heery Casting asking me to work Tues, Wed, Thurs of this week as an extra for David O. Russell‘s newest film.

I never imagined I’d be so close to so many amazing actors.  I admit, I was starstruck the first day on set (#newbiestatus) & it took everything in my power not to text/tweet/fb, etc. about “The Sexiest Man Alive” acknowledging my presence on set, but I had to remain professional.

Those 42 hours on set were the best of my life, to date.  & it’s not even about the small interactions I had with these big name actors…it was just such a privilege to see them work & to be apart of it. I would have worked those long days for free for the kind of experience I had…but, since I’m a poor recent grad, I will gratefully take the money 🙂

&& I will always be a member of

The Goonies 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll share more when the movie is released.  I can’t wait to see the final cut!

xx

baby has arrived

After much anticipation, I finally received my iPhone 4S (this past Friday).

The phone itself is just as amazing as I had hoped. Siri has ‘sirtainly’ surpassed all expectations, & she undoubtedly hosts the spirit of her creator.

Hats off to Jobs, what a guy.