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Eggplant Non-Parmesan for a Non-Super Bowl Non-Party

February 6, 2011

We’re emptying out here!

I got a text from my roommate this morning asking whether I’d be home in the afternoon because some guys from Craigslist were coming to buy our dining room table. She knew I’d intimidate any potential murderers or rapists. 😉

Thankfully, the guys were really nice and within 15 minutes, the table and chairs were disassembled and gone. One more thing out of the house!

We’ve also gotten rid of the microwave and kitchen shelves in anticipation of the move, which will happen the last weekend of February. The extra kitchen shelf held mostly tea and Tupperware — seeing it in a big plastic bin makes me realize how much of both we have.

You can never have too much tea or Tupperware, right?

Today was a perfectly lazy day and I certainly didn’t want to break the streak by doing anything social tonight. 😉 I was invited to a couple of Super Bowl parties but I honestly couldn’t care less about football and was looking forward to a rare evening at home.

I considered making Super Bowl-esque food for dinner but an eggplant on its last legs was begging to be eaten. Okay, if you insist.

Eggplant non-Parmesan is one of my favorite easy ways to use up eggplant near the end of its life. I’m also trying to clear out the pantry and three boxes of Barilla pasta have been clogging the shelves since summer.

Eggplant non-Parmesan is simple: peel and slice the eggplant, then run it through an egg white bath and coat it with breadcrumbs. Throw the eggplant into into a frying pan for a few minutes on each side until it starts to brown.

This healthy take on Eggplant Parmesan is made even tastier by mixing tons of veggies — in this case, broccoli and green beans — in with the pasta. It bulks up the dinner and provides a solid base for the eggplant. Pour on a little marinara sauce and you’re golden.

Actually, I guess it is kind of a party over here. Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy have been patient but I think they’re ready to get the night started.

If you’ll excuse me, my friends are waiting.

Are you watching the Super Bowl? Who are you cheering for?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 6, 2011 8:51 pm

    I am not watching, but I am eating nachos…

  2. Kristin permalink
    February 6, 2011 9:54 pm

    Doing the same as you! Ditched the possible parties for my regular Sunday night routine. I did make BBQ chicken sandwiches with mac n cheese (Annie’s), though, to be kinda “fun.” ha 🙂

  3. February 7, 2011 6:29 pm

    Yum, I think I’d love that eggplant. Do you ever find the eggplant gets a little bitter? I love eggplant but whenever I cook it, it never goes QUITE as well.. not sure what I’m doing wrong. I’ll have to try your recipe.

    I was the same way about Superbowl parties- ditched them all and Eric and I sorta watched, but didn’t really care 🙂

    • February 7, 2011 8:03 pm

      I notice the bitter taste when the eggplant isn’t cooked enough — maybe that’s your problem? I love making eggplant this way and also doing any sort of Moroccan/Middle Eastern dish with cumin and cinnamon.

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