Archives for August 2011

Friday Link Love: Labor Day Recipes!!!

Holy Turkey!!!

Berry Delicious!!!

One potato, Two potato!

Refreshing!!!

That is what I call a fruit salad!!!

Opa!!!

Often imitated, never duplicated…

Holy Jalapeno!

Chicken at it’s best!

Simply Savory!

There aren’t even words…


Happy Friday all,

This week has been quite lovely, consisting of work (wait…is it work? I love my new “job” so muy muy that it doesn’t really feel like work…seriously I feel as though I am getting paid to hang out with my new group of friends…or more like a second family if you ask me), eat, workout, eat, eat, did I mention eat? and o yea, sleep. How has your work/school week been? I hope not too busy. If it has been just too busy, think about the great holiday weekend ahead. You might ask, what holiday weekend? I know, I know I have been so occupied with work, etc. I almost forgot that it is September, meaning the first Monday, being this Monday is Labor Day! I can’t believe it’s almost here…before you know it we will be carving turkey’s, holiday shopping, and enjoying the crisp winter air. Well, all of that is true for us Texans minus the actual winter part. We only have one season here in Texas and that is hot, hot, and more hot! So, naturally I am not expecting the “cold” temperatures in the eighties to arrive in Texas until late November. The positive side to that is that every year I can always depend on wearing a cute dress and flip flops for Thanksgiving! Anyhoo, since Labor Day is on Monday I spent some time searching the web for some good-looking Labor Day recipes. For my family, this usually consists of some type of grilled meat, a huge salad, and all the fixins (meaning several side dishes). Don’t forget the Bluebell Homemade Vanilla, because it just wouldn’t be a party without Bluebell. So, here are my top 10 Labor Day recipes for 2011. I hope you all enjoy your holiday weekend and whip out the grill for a good ole’ fashioned barbecue!


Top Ten Labor Day Recipes:
1. Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Thingies from The Pioneer Woman: Jalapeno+Cream Cheese+Bacon…and you want me to eat a main entree? These “thingies” serve as a delicious appetizer, plus they are super duper easy to make, and you won’t be pinching pennies for the ingredients!
2. 7 Layer Crazy Greek Dip by How Sweet It Is: The first time I saw this post, my heart nearly sunk…it was like seeing my first crush, that boy was so cute my heart beat faster and slower at the same time…haha! Anyhoo, it was love at first site and I just wanted to dive into this huge bowl of layered goodness. Truly, this is like a Mediterranean fiesta in a bowl, with layers of hummus, kalamata olive, artichoke hearts, tomato, cucumber, my fave crazy feta cheese, Greek yogurt, garlic and dill! Can you say Opa!? I would serve this baby up as an appetizer with some pita chips. On another note, it is healthier than that traditional 7 layer salad we see on the southern table, you know, the one with five cups of mayonnaise? O yea, you know your cholesterol just shot through the roof!
3. Spiked Pineapple Sweet Tea by My Life As A Mrs.: Yo ho ho and a bottle of vodka? Yes, please. If the kids start to get out of hand, mix yourself up one of these little gems…pretty refreshing. Now, that’s what I call some good ole’ front porch sittin’.
4. Grilled Watermelon and Fennel Salad with Charred Lemon Vinaigrette by Patio Daddio BBQ: I absolutely love watermelon, especially when it is in season and super sweet! There is nothing better than biting into a crisp slice of cool watermelon on a hot summer day and having the juice drip down your face…good times. Anyway, this is an awesome take on a fruit salad using watermelon, feta cheese, and honey…sounds blissful!
5. Barbecued Chicken on the Grill by Simply Recipes: Because what’s a Labor Day Party without barbecued grilled chicken…get some, fast!
6. Chipotle Turkey Burgers from The Kitchen Sink Recipes: Every Labor Day Party needs a good burger and this one takes the bun! Nothing says “Gobble Me Up” like a moist turkey patty seasoned to perfection with cilantro and garlic, layered with juicy tomato, peppery arugula, and red onion, and spread with Dijon mustard and a smoky homemade chipotle ketchup! Don’t forget to top this baby with a slice of melted smoked cheddar cheese. You will hardly miss the beef in this burger…you will thank me later, trust me!
7. Jalapeno-cheese bread from Homesick Texan: Goode Company Barbecue in Houston makes the best jalapeno-cheese bread…it is so thick and dense that it has the ability to sop up an entire bowl of barbecue sauce. This recipe is an almost perfect replica of the stuff from Goode. I eat mine topped with a spoonful of coleslaw and a drizzle of barbecue sauce. I fold the sandwich in half and stuff my face.
8. Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Vinegar by Two Peas and their Pod: You know with all of that jalapeno-cheese bread, you can atleast feel good about eating a second helping of these yummies! Flavorful and crisp to the bite every time! Asparagus spears are simple to make and perfect for a backyard Labor Day barbecue.
9. Potato Salad with Herbed Balsamic Vinaigrette by Brown-Eyed Baker: Because you just can’t have one starch at a Labor Day Party. This is not your average potato salad…you won’t find any mayo here! Look on the bright side, you won’t have to worry about food poisoning if you leave the dish out in the sun for too long! Yikes! This potato salad is rockin’, seasoned with fresh herbs and dressed with a honey Dijon concoction. This would be a perfect addition to any Labor Day party!
10. Berry Cobbler by Our Best Bites + Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla (from a little creamery in Brenham, Tx): Nothing says “Y’all come back now” like homemade cobbler and Blue Bell ice cream! The two together are a dynamic pair, warm cobbler + cool ice cream= pure heaven! If you don’t have Blue Bell where you live, or if you have never heard of it…I am sorry for your loss and I suggest shipping!


Happy Labor Day!!!


Mangia!!!

Secret Recipe Club and ironically…another Meatless Monday!!!

Whoa, look at that basil…it’s like a bouquet!

Yummy Hummus and Cucumbers











Happy Monday all!
I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. I spent half of my weekend relaxing, and the other half working, so I believe I achieved a nice balance to round out my week. Anyhoo, today I am super excited to share my second blog post for The Secret Recipe Club. I became apart of The Secret Recipe Club last month and I had so much fun that I figured I would just keep on rolling with it every month. If you want to know more about The Secret Recipe Club, find out How it Works, read The Rules, and apply to be a member of the SRC here. The one aspect of joining the SRC that I love most is the awesome food bloggers that you meet along the way. I was overjoyed to see all the comments on my first secret recipe post from fellow SRC members. Moreover, the responses to my first secret recipe post were so positive and enthusiastic. It made me feel so important, as if my food blog was finally making ‘it’ (whatever ‘it’ is) in the food blogging world. Haha! Moving on, the blog that I was assigned for this month is Apron Strings!!! As soon as I was given my SRC assignment, I headed over to Apron Strings to check it out.


I fell in love with the blog at first site, not to mention the story of how the blog came about hit a soft spot in my heart. Here is the story on Apron Strings: the blog is run by a birth mother and daughter, Donna and Anne, respectively, who were reunited 27 years after Anne’s adoption. Donna and Anne soon discovered that they both shared a love for food and a passion for cooking. So, after Donna published her first book, Anne and Donna pulled a mother-daughter tag team on their first cookbook together called “101 things to do with tofu.” They had such a fantastic time together that they set out to complete more food projects. Of course, with our economy as crappy as it is (pardon my French) and with Anne’s arrival of her first child, Donna and Anne thought it was only fitting to create a food blog focusing on affordable meals. They refer to themselves as the “Fab Frugal Foodies” (i know, clever, right?). Both Donna and Anne provide their unique take on affordable meals. Donna’s expertise is in Southwestern cuisine and she has a wealth of experience cooking Fab Frugal Food. On the other hand, Anne’s posts offer healthier options, including vegetarian and allergy-free dishes! Now, don’t let the “healthy” part fool you, these ladies now how to keep it decadent, healthy or not!


As you all know, last week was super duper busy for me, so towards the end of the week I was debating whether or not I was going to have a panic attack and actually be able to post for the SRC! I chose not to have a panic attack, and because I am all about integrity, I was determined to follow through on my SRC plans to post for this month (come hell or high water). Plus, how could I give up on the chance to feature these awesome ladies on my blog? As I browsed through post after post on Donna and Anne’s blog I realized that I couldn’t just choose one recipe to recreate. I wanted to make a dish that was affordable and the first blog post that caught my eye was their recipe for hummus. I absolutely love hummus with anything and everything. Not to mention, I haven’t met a hummus that wasn’t affordable. I mean, c’mon, it’s not like hummus has caviar in it! Their hummus looked pretty basic, which is just how I like it. I decided to whip up my own hummus creation and boy was it lovely. I replaced the garbanzo beans in Donna and Anne’s original recipe with great northern beans (simply because I was curious). Then I seasoned the hummus with a bit of fresh basil, lemon juice, garlic, and sea salt. Bada-bing, bada-boom hummus! I am super excited to snack on this good stuff all week. I recommend eating this hummus with a variety of raw veggies, such as carrot sticks, cauliflower, broccoli, and celery. I eat mine with cucumbers (just because I feel like I’m at the spa when I eat them…so refreshing).


I also stumbled upon their recipe for Hazelnut Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers, which look absolutely to die for! My original plan was to make these stuffed peppers as an entree, however; my plans were cancelled when I arrived at the grocery store to find only organic bell peppers, which were $2.49 each! That to me, was highway robbery! Instead, I discovered that my favorite sweet baby bell peppers were on sale for $1.99. So, I gobbled up a pint and decided to make them my favorite way, roasted in the oven with a bit of olive oil and sea salt. I am telling you, these suckers are so sweet, it’s like eating candy! I will devour them in one sitting. I recommend serving them alongside an entree, perhaps baked chicken or a grilled pork chop.


Well, I hope you all enjoyed my second Secret Recipe Club entry. Furthermore, I suggest that you all get into the kitchen and start cooking up some fabulous frugal dishes. Take some pointers from the fabulous frugal queens, Donna and Anne, these women really know what they are talking about!!!


White Bean Hummus:


Ingredients:
15.8 oz. can Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed using a strainer
2 whole cloves of garlic
1/2 c. fresh basil, roughly chopped
juice from 1/2 of a large lemon
1 tsp. sea salt
Assorted vegetables


Instructions:
1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.


Roasted Vine Sweet Mini Peppers:


Ingredients:
1 pint of Vine Sweet Mini Peppers
1/2 Tbs. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt


Instructions:
1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 F.
2. Cut the tops off the mini peppers and place onto a baking sheet line with tin foil.
3. Toss the peppers with the olive oil and salt.
4. Bake for 30 minutes or until slightly charred on the bottom.


MANGIA!!!


P.S. To check out all the recipes from The Secret Recipe Club for this month, follow the links below:

Friday Link Love: A little Fitness Love and Breaking the Fast!!!

Happy Friday all!
Boy has it been a busy week for me and once again, I apologize for the lack of blog posts. I have been pretty occupied with my new job and I am absolutely loving it! I am not the type of person who enjoys sitting in one place for too long, so my new job is perfect! As I announced in a previous post, I have become a proud employee of Lululemon Athletica. Now, you might just think that at first glance, Lululemon is an athletic clothing store, but really, it is SOOOO MUCH MORE than that. One of my favorite parts of the job so far is Lulu’s community interaction. Basically, us Lemons take on the role of participating in the athletic community and really connecting with our peeps, which include everyone from the general public, to personal trainers, yoga instructors, and fitness instructors. At each store, we also have these people whom we refer to as our “Ambassadors.” Here is my brief definition of a Lululemon ambassador: A local fitness guru that represents his/her athletic community through his/her inspiring resume. It’s simple, a Lululemon ambassador is basically your local fitness mama jama! Anyhoo, I have spent quite some time these past weeks getting to know the ambassadors for our store. I have to say, I have never been so inspired in my life, especially to try new things. I used to be uninterested in taking fitness classes, but after these past weeks I have a whole new respect for them. On Tuesday I took a class (along with my fellow Lemons) with Ambassador Shirley (she is featured in Austin Fit Magazine at one of Austin’s Top Ten Fittest People) called Triple X Training. Now, the name of the class normally would have intimidated me at first, but I am trying this “I can do anything attitude…don’t try and stop me,” so I walked into that class ready to get my fitness on! At first glance Shirley is a petite woman, who is probably 100% lean muscle mass. But don’t let her height fool you, she is a ball of fire, and in a good way! The class began with some heavy weight lifting with some butt-burning squats, then we switched to lighter weights, did some cardio drills, abs, and before I knew it the class was over! Whew! Let me tell you, I enjoyed getting my butt kicked by Shirley. Needless to say, I am still feeling a slight burn in my quads three days after the workout. Shirley inspired me that no matter your size or strength capability, its mind over matter and you have the power to push yourself to great lengths. I know that my upper body strength is gradually progressing, and I still have a long way to go, but Shirley inspires me to keep going and I told her that I would be frequenting her class often to get my butt kicked on a regular basis. Now that my fitness rant is over, we can move on to the good stuff, FOOD! For some reason, this week I have been craving breakfast food not only for breakfast, but for lunch, and dinner. My go to for breakfast meal usually comes in the form of some type of egg dish. However, lately I have been craving not only omelets, but pancakes, muffins, you name a breakfast food, and I have been dreaming about it. Unfortunately, with my busy schedule this week I haven’t had the chance to cook myself up a traditional homemade breakfast. On the bright side, I never go without breakfast and even when I am on the go (especially this week), I always make time to whip up something quick, which is usually fruit and yogurt, or a bowl of Special K and almond milk. So, to fill my void, I have decided to dedicate this Friday Link Love to anything and everything breakfast dishes. That being said, here are my top ten favorite breakfast links for this week. Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so eat up!


Top Ten Breakfast Links:
1. Breakfast Pizza by Smitten Kitchen: Are you kidding me? A breakfast pizza, isn’t that ironic seeing as I have eaten pizza for breakfast numerous times throughout my life. Think greasy, crisp bacon, eggs, mozzarella, Parmesan, and fresh herbs atop a homemade thin pizza crust. That is just the icing on the cake…or shall I say, pizza? Bring on some breakfast!
2. Baked oatmeal with fresh raspberries and pistachios by Joy the Baker: Think oatmeal taken to a whole notha’ level! Seriously, I cannot wait for fall weather where I can curl up on the couch for some Saturday morning Food Network and munch on a bowl of this warm, oatey, goodness! Brown sugar please!
3. Migas by Homesick Texan: This is a Texas breakfast staple and one of my absolute favorites. Not to mention, great “It was a fun, drunken night with friends and now all I can think about is eating a bowl of cheese to soak up my hangover” type dish. This dish definitely hits the spot. What is better than scrambled eggs, diced jalapeno peppers, salsa, tortilla strips, and melted cheddar cheese? Ole!
4. Cinnamon Rolls by The Pioneer Woman: The first time I came across this recipe, I just knew that Ree Drummond was a baking goddess. There is nothing that I love more than the sweet smell of cinnamon and sugar coming from the oven on a Sunday morning.
5. Carrot Cake Pancakes by Healthy Food for Living: Yea, I said it alright! You can only imagine what is going on inside my brain at this very moment…I have begun to come up with cake + pancake recipes. It’s feeling like a brilliant plan right now. Carrot Cake + Pancakes= GENIUS idea. Your kids wouldn’t even know that there are actually carrots in these pancakes, especially with the cream cheese glaze. Need I say more?
6. Berries N’ Cream Parfait with Homemade Coconut Yogurt (Gluten-Free/Dairy Free) by Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free: Hold the phone, HOMEMADE coconut yogurt…are you kidding me? Sounds like a plan. I doubt you can tell this masterpiece is gluten-free. I am thinking this is the kind of breakfast I would have if I were on a retreat in paradise, somewhere on an island where I can get a hot cabana boy to bring this to me!
7. Homemade Pop-Tarts by Confections of a Foodie Bride: Sooo….I nearly lost my breath after seeing this recipe. My brain is spinning with memories of my on-the-way-to-school breakfast food. My fave pop-tarts as a child were and still are the brown-sugar cinnamon ones. I would pop those into the toaster until crispy on the outside, but gooey on the inside. Holy Moly I need to take a second and recollect my thoughts…standby.
8. Crispy Hash Browns by Simply Recipes: OMG! By far one of my favorite breakfast side dishes…the only place I will eat them is in Houston at Franks Grill, they come super duper crispy just the way I like em’ alongside a veggie omelet that is bigger than my head. Sometimes I eat them with a bit of Ketchup, shhhh…don’t tell anyone about my Americanized food confessions…any top chef would berate me right now.
9. Classic Buttermilk Biscuits by A Cozy Kitchen: My grandma makes the best…I love these babies with a bit of butter and some apple butter jam…absolutely sinful!
10. Glazed Doughnut Muffins by My Baking Addiction: All I have to say is, beware Krispy Kreme!


MANGIA!!!

Friday Link Love: Peanut Butter Lovin’ for Mikey and Jennie!

Happy Friday everyone!
Okay, so you probably know by now that my love relationship with peanut butter is no joke. I have an absolute obsession with it! Of course, there are some awesome nut butters other than peanut butter, for example; almond butter, walnut butter, and even macadamia nut butter, o my! However, in my opinion, nothing compares to peanut butter. My favorite is extra crunchy p.b., but I will settle for smooth p.b. if I have to. It’s the smell of freshly roasted peanuts that gets me each and every time I open a jar of J.I.F. (yes, I still prefer J.I.F. to the “natural” stuff…don’t judge me)! In keeping with the p.b. theme, I thought I would share with you my top 10 links to my favorite recipes that highlight peanut butter as the star ingredient. On another note, last week the food blogging community was hit with some unexpected news. Jennie, from In Jennie’s Kitchen, informed us of the unfortunate news of her husband Mikey’s passing. Jennie is a very strong woman, and in her post to the entire community, which you can read here, she expressed her undying love for her husband. She also shared with us Mikey’s love of peanut butter pie, in which she posted her recipe in his honor. Most importantly, Jennie requested that we all make peanut butter pie in honor of Mikey. I learned of the news as of late, and was unable to whip up a pie in his honor. However, I will do one more and post all of these peanut butter links in honor of Mikey and Jennie. Family is truly important to me, and I know what it is like to loose a family member. One day you could be laughing and cooking in the kitchen with one another, and in an instant, they could be gone. So, I ask all of you to cherish those precious moments with your loved ones, cook for them, feed them, hell, take them to an amusement park and go crazy! Whatever it is that you do, love them 100%!


Peanut Butter Love for Mikey and Jennie:
1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake from Smitten Kitchen: I nearly drooled when I saw this cake. Can you say Happy Birthday Chelsy?
2. Creamy Peanut Butter Hummus from How Sweet It Is: Peanut Butter + Hummus= Pass the pita chips per favore!
3. Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce from The Parsley Thief: Kabobs of grilled chicken w/ a smooth, peanutty, dipping sauce…need I say more?
4. Peanut Butter and Banana Cream Pie from Ezra Pound Cake: What could be better than a crisp vanilla wafer crust, layered with a banana filling, topped with a peanut butter whipped cream, and garnished with fresh chopped peanuts ? Holy Moly!
5. Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting from Slow Like Honey: More bananas+peanut butter, I might as well put my blue suede shoes on and sing me some “Jailhouse Rock.”
6. Peanut Butter Spread by Espresso and Cream: I cannot wait to try this on my whole-wheat Eggo waffles!
7. Peanut Butter Granola from Healthy Food For Living: Peanut Butter+Oats+Peanuts+Agave Nectar+some other healthy ingredients=great pre or post-workout fuel!
8. Individual Peanut Butter Cheesecakes from Healthy Food For Living: Please explain to me how these are considered “healthy.” Whatever…those Back to Nature cookies are calling my name!
9. Mini Peanut Butter Pies by Food + Words: Seriously, personal peanut butter pies, Houston we have a problem!
10. Gluten-Free, Diary-Free Peanut Butter Pie from Ginger Lemon Girl: Here is a great dessert for all my little people with allergies (hope you like this one Les)!


That is all for Friday Link Love. I suggest y’all get into the kitchen a.s.a.p. and start making some of these fabulous p.b. recipes. Then…go ahead and share them with your loved ones, nothing says “I love you” like a big ole’ slice of peanut butter pie!!!


MANGIA!!!

Meatless Monday!!!










Happy Monday all!


I hope everyone thoroughly enjoyed the weekend! I spent my weekend relaxing, settling in to my new apartment, and of course, cooking. For some reason, I can’t get my mind off eggplant, I am absolutely in love with it…and, it just might be my favorite vegetable. Plus, I just love saying it in Italian, melanzana (melan’dzana). I have eaten eggplant several ways, in a Greek dish called moussaka, a Middle Eastern dish called baba ghanoush, a French dish called ratatouille, and of course, last but not least, the classic Italian dish parmigiana di melanzane (or Eggplant parmesan).


For years, I have stumbled across quite a few dishes called eggplant rollatini, which is basically stuffed eggplant. There are quite a few variations of the dish, but what it boils down to is eggplant stuffed with cheese, rolled into little bundles, blanketed in a homemade tomato sauce, and baked off into the oven until melty, cheesy, perfection. Now, for many of you who know my cooking style, I don’t really like to stick with the grind of things unless I just absolutely have to. It’s plain and simple, I like originality, which means putting my own spin on classic dishes. Of course, I knew exactly what I was going to do with the beautiful ripe eggplant that I picked up at the market yesterday, make my own eggplant rollatini.


A while back, I made mushrooms stuffed with a sun-dried tomato pesto. I really love how easy and accessible making pesto is, so I decided to whip up a batch. That gave me a brilliant idea: eggplant+pesto=genius! This is probably going to be my new favorite dish! I begin by slicing the eggplant into semi-thick vertical slices, then I brush both sides of the eggplant with olive oil and a little chopped garlic, sprinkle with salt and pepper and pop in the oven to bake for a bit. Then, I throw everything for the pesto into my food processor, give it a whirl, and bam, PESTO! After letting the eggplant cool for a bit, I spread each slice with a tablespoon of pesto. Then, for the trifecta, I place a little baby spinach over the pesto and roll the eggplant up into a little bundle. Then, I pop the rolled eggplant back into the oven for another go, just to mold the flavors together and wilt the spinach.


Now, you might ask, where is the tomato sauce, and the cheese, c’mon Chelsy…where is it? My reasoning for omitting the tomato sauce is simple, tomatoes have ALOT of acidity in them, and since I stuffed the eggplant with a sun-dried tomato pesto, I figured topping the eggplant with tomato sauce would have been tomato overkill. If you insist on tomato sauce, then I would suggest that you stuff the eggplant with a basil pesto instead. This way, you don’t end up with a huge stomach ache (like I normally do after eating acidic things). Now, my reasoning behind omitting the cheese is purely preference. You know that I am a parmesan fanatic, but I would rather sprinkle freshly grated parmesan on each bite of my eggplant as I am eating…that’s just the way I do it. If you really really need cheese on the eggplant, I would suggest topping the eggplant with a mixture of freshly grated part-skim mozzarella, and freshly grated parmesan.


One last thing that I absolutely love about eggplant is that it is extremely filling, it’s like the “steak” of vegetables, but without the steak. So, you can imagine that this eggplant dish is a fantastic meatless meal. The pesto adds a nice nutty texture to the baked eggplant, that is practically melt in your mouth. You can serve this dish as an entree for any meal, however, I usually have two on the side with whatever meat protein I am eating for the night. I would suggest pairing this eggplant dish with baked chicken or baked tilapia if using it as a side. Otherwise, grab a handful of parmesan, a glass of vino, and dig in! Also, a big congrats to Jeff Mauro for winning Food Network Star, I loved his “Sandwich King” concept and cannot wait to watch his show. Of course, his promo recipe was an eggplant parm sandwich, what a genius!


Eggplant Rollatini


Ingredients:
3 Tbs. olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium-sized eggplants (about 3 pounds), peeled, and sliced lengthwise into 3/8-inch thick strips
salt and black pepper
2 handfuls of fresh baby spinach


Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Spray two baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Combine the oil and garlic in a small bowl.
3. Brush the oil on both sides of the eggplant slices and arrange them in a single layer on the baking sheets. Season with a pinch or two of salt and pepper.
4. Place the baking sheets side by side in the oven (if possible, if your baking sheets don’t fit side by side, place one on the middle rack and one on the bottom rack and rotate them a couple of times during baking). Bake for 20-25 minutes, until well browned and very tender, turn once halfway through cooking.
5. In the meantime, make the sun-dried tomato pesto.
6. Remove the eggplant from the oven and reduce the temperature to 350 F.
7. Spread each eggplant slice with 1 tablespoon of pesto and top with a few fresh spinach leaves.
8. Roll up and place seam side down in the baking dish.
9. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the rolls are heated through and the spinach looks wilted. Serve hot.


Makes about 4-5 servings.


MANGIA!!!