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The best eggplant parm, ever. Really.

Um. Guys. If you haven’t noticed, it’s FALL.

I couldn’t be more excited. Which means my coworkers are probably feeling exactly the opposite, since I won’t shut up about how much I love fall, and pumpkin, and how much I can’t wait to bake (and eat) all things pumpkin, cinnamon, etc. I might be a tad obsessed.

In any case, the blissfully cool weather has me itching to make anything warm and cozy – basically, that feels like home. And when I was home last weekend (and stopped at the local farmer’s market) I picked up some eggplant. And then made the best eggplant parm I’ve ever had.

No, seriously.

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October 1, 2012 Posted by | Dinner, Recipes, Veggie Friendly | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

What happens when avocados are on sale

Avocados were on sale at Whole Foods recently. For a dollar each.

I bought five. Because that’s what happens when I get overwhelmed in the grocery store. I think that buying an excess of avocados is a good idea, when really, I live by myself and it’s going to be near impossible to eat all of them before they go bad.

Enter: a thousand ways to eat avocados. (Okay, maybe just two. I ran out of time and ingredients for more.)

Luckily, I could eat this salad forever. Arugula, chopped avocado, and tomatoes drizzled with basil infused olive oil (via Shutterbean, which I have been promoting all across the internetz). The addition of fresh cracked pepper and sea salt though really puts this into the oh-my-amazeballs category.

Annddd lunch for the week. It looks gross, but is happily delicious. Tuna fish with mashed avocado and tomatoes. (An idea I swiped from How Sweet It Is.)

I hate to admit that I let one beautiful avocado go to waste… but after a packed evening schedule, I couldn’t be bothered to attempt avocado frosting. Maybe next time…

September 30, 2012 Posted by | Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Veggie Friendly | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Instant-dessert: the five-ingredient tart

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I can be pretty lazy.

Sometimes I make eggs for dinner because I don’t feel like cooking. Sometimes I eat dry cereal for dinner because I’m out of almond milk and even eggs seems like a process. I’m the queen of lazy meals.

So give me five ingredients, 5 minutes of prep time, and call it dessert? Sold.

Five-Ingredient Tart (via Iowa Girl Eats)
2 beaten eggs
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
3 cups fruit (chopped rhubarb, blueberries, etc.)
1 frozen pie shell

Whisk first three ingredients together until well blended. Add fruit and mix until combined. Pour into the pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes or until set.

The original recipe makes it with only rhubarb, which is how I originally found this – my uncle had given me some fresh rhubarb from his garden and I had no idea what to do with it. But then I didn’t have enough rhubarb for this recipe, so I just threw in a bunch of blueberries I had in the fridge, and it worked out just fine!

September 8, 2012 Posted by | Dessert, Recipes | , , , , | Leave a comment

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