Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mexican Eggplant

Like eggplant?  I do!  Over the weekend I made this cheesy casserole and it was quite tasty (well, what I actually got to taste since Jeff ate most of it). 

2 eggplants
olive oil
bunch cilantro
enchilada sauce
tomato sauce
cheese (I like Daiya vegan Mexican)
lime juice

1.  Wash & cut eggplant into 1/4" rounds. 

2.  Place rounds on broiler pan, brush with olive oil, sprinkle with freshly ground pepper.  Broil 8 minutes on each side, or until slightly golden.

3.  Prepare sauce:  Mix 2 cups tomato sauce with 1 c enchilada sauce.  Add a tsp cumin and 2TB lime juice.  Set aside.

Notice the heart-shaped spoon.  These measuring spoons were given to me as a "just because" gift from my dear friend Sandra.

4.  Spread a layer of sauce at the bottom of a 3 qt casserole.  Layer rounds on top.  Sprinkle cheese & chopped cilantro on top.  Repeat with a second layer.

5.  Cover with foil.  Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Martha Stewart Mac & Cheese Veganized

I made this last night and adapted this recipe:

Martha Stewart's Mac & Cheese Recipe

I used Daiya brand mozarella cheese substitute.  It turned out rather nice--but I would make one modification:  don't use the nutmeg.  Sorry Martha, but it doesn't really add anything to the recipe and I think it interferes with the cheese flavor rather than enhance it. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

BBQ Pineapple "Chicken" Casserole

Make this!  It's good & fast--and a husband favorite in our house.  I made my own homemade BBQ sauce because I like to adjust the flavor and make it healthier, but a bottled sauce works too if you're short on time.  This took me 10 minutes to make, even making the sauce.


6 Boca Chicken Style patties
1/2 green pepper, chopped
3/4 can of pineapple
16 oz BBQ sauce
4 potatoes, cut into thin rounds

What You Do:

1.  Grease a casserole dish.
2.  Chop pepper and potatoes.
3.  Place frozen patties in dish.
4.  Spread potatoes, pineapple, and green pepper on top.
5.  Pour BBQ sauce over top and all of the pineapple juice.
6.  Cover with foil.  Bake at 450 for 1hr 20 mins.