Posts tagged ‘Health’

March 3, 2010

A Girl’s Got To Eat! Wednesdays

Nothing can be more relaxing or enjoyable than cooking up a great meal for yourself and/or family & friends. With the plethora of cooking shows & competitions as well as diets fads and crazes, the simple joy of cooking and eating has been displaced by too many don’ts and not enough yums : (

Many cooking novices fear the kitchen because they see it as a space of exact science rather than fun and experimentation. Just like modest style- a great meal usually boast a layering of simple items that create a fabulous whole.

On a given Wednesday- I will highlight something tested and tried in my kitchen-because a girl’s got to eat! For future reference all recipes can be found in the MP Fit page underneath Recipes & Snacks.

This month I give you roasted eggplant & whole wheat penne. This delicious dish was a breeze to make. +PLUS+ it had the hubby and me doing the happy dance with its robust flavor. I served it with a side of steamed vegetable medley.

ROASTED EGGPLANT & WHOLE WHEAT PENNE

1 box of whole wheat penne
2 tablespoons of olive oil
cooking spray
1 medium size eggplant (thinly sliced into rounds)
1 small onion finely chopped
Chopped clove of garlic
2 cans of diced tomatoes
Coarse black pepper, Sea Salt, Basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, grated Romano parmesan, chopped parsley for garnish.

1.Preheat oven to 375
2. Spray a cookies sheet with non-stick spray and arrange eggplant slices. Lightly salt and pepper the slices. Roast in oven until eggplant browns and has softened. Set aside.
3. Prepare penne pasta according to package instructions and set aside. *Remember to cook your pasta al dente.
4. Over medium heat-in a large pan- sauté the onions and garlic in heated olive oil until the onions start to brown. Season with black pepper and salt.
5.Add the eggplant and then the two cans of tomatoes.
6. Season your sauce to your liking with Basil, Oregano & red pepper. Bring to a light simmer.
7.Toss in the penne making sure to thoroughly integrate the sauce into the pasta. Allow to heat together for about two minutes.
8.Garnish with parmesan romano & parsley.
9. Serve with steamed veggies or a salad.

Bon Appetit!