Sunday, September 6, 2009

A veggie hater no more!

About two months ago I cut all meat except fish out of my diet. I had just been feeling terrible for quite some time. No energy and bloated all the time. After about a week of doing this I felt so good. I wasn't bloated and I had a ton more energy. It was hard to do at first and I will tell you straight up right now that I have tried adding meat back to my diet a couple of times and, I don't like the feeling I get the next day. In all honesty, it makes me feel like crap. So I think I safely say that I am a pescetarian. I just learned that word. I kept calling myself a "vegetarian but still eat fish." Little did I know there was a name for that. I guess we learn something new every day don't we.

Here is my problem, I have no clue what to make. I love portobellos and salmon but I can't live off of that. I've done the occasional bean and cheese burrito too.

Here is the awesome part, I am now a carrot lover. If you know me, you know that in the past I have hated vegetables and especially carrots!

There is one vegetable that has always intimidated me.

It's eggplant. It's a beautiful vegetable but I had no clue how to prep it, until recently. I didn't know if it had to be peeled and such. Are there seeds that need to be removed? Well a friend from work told me how to do it. So I ventured out. I made eggplant parmesan. Oh my gosh it was soooo good.

Here is what I did. I cut up the eggplant. There were seeds but I didn't remove them and it was fine.

I then dipped the slices in an egg wash and then into italian seasoned bread crumbs. I fried them in melted butter until they looked crispy.

Then, I layered the slices about 3 high with spaghetti sauce and a slice of mozzerella between each layer.

I topped it with another spoonful of sauce and shredded parmesan. I baked them at 350 degrees until the cheese was melted, bubbly, and browned. I served it with roasted broccoli and cauliflower, pasta (could have done without), and artisan bread. Oh my gosh, so good I tell you. I am now a fan of eggplant.

If you have a favorite vegetarian recipe, please share it with me!


  1. They look really nice and I am glad you feel better with your new diet. My aunty is a veggie who eats meat and she does loads of things like veggie bolognese, monk fish in a sauce with vol au vants (YUM!), Moroccan veg tagine, stir fry...=)

  2. Eva, you are seriously amazing. You're an awesome mom, a student, wife AND you cook?! You put a lot of us to shame. :) Even though I really detest eggplant, your pictures make it look delicious! Might have to give it another try.

  3. That looks delicious! I've never tried eggplant before but it would be fun to see what it tastes like...yours looks like something off of Food Network :)

  4. this post makes me want to try eggplant now :) That looks so good!


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