Aubergine

Today was kind of a blah day. I slept too late and just felt funky. I’m usually all about getting out of the house (just one of the ways I annoy Brian), but today I holed up and spent most of the day on the couch. Luckily I was able to get one major project out of the way: designing a menu for my hospitality class.

menu

For breakfast I mixed this Rachel’s yogurt:

grapeyogurt

With PB Puffins, strawberries, blackberries and sliced almonds. We’re almost out of the Puffins… crisis!

yogmilk

It was rainy off and on all day- good soup weather. For lunch I had an Ezekiel pita stuffed with a MSF soy chicken patty, hummus, red peppers, lettuce and pickles.

pita

And a giant bowl of tomato soup (Campbell’s Healthy Request, not that great):

tomsoup

I did manage to drag myself out of the house for a run this afternoon. It was so muggy! Made it back just before another storm hit. We’ve had an eggplant sitting in the fridge for a week, and a few days ago I received this box from Napa Valley Bistro containing two jars of their pasta sauce (Creamy Marinara and Homemade Style Marinara).

sauces

So Baked Eggplant Parmesan it was, using this recipe.

eggplant1

Chloe helped me cook. She always stands right by the oven when I’m trying to pull something out.

chloecook

Plated…

eggplant2

Along with a salad, topped with Annie’s Woodstock Dressing.

sidesalad

Tonight I used the Homemade Style Marinara.

marinara

It was delicious. I have a (shameful) tendency to eat pasta sauce out of the jar with a spoon, and this one had me coming back for little tastes… as you can see from the inch of sauce taken off the top. The marinara tasted really fresh with a definite hit of olive oil. I might actually use the word “rich” to describe it.

We tried the Creamy Marinara last Thursday (with the Buitoni ravioli) and it was super creamy. Similar to vodka sauce, actually. It’s definitely heavier than traditional marinara but worked well with the stuffed pasta. Oh, and the Napa Valley Bistro sauces are all natural and free of preservatives.

In full disclosure mode, we also tried to hit up Baskin-Robbins after dinner for the $0.31 scoop night, but the line was OUT THE DOOR and it was raining. So we went to TCBY instead. I had a Shiver with chocolate yogurt, cookie dough, M&M’s and PB chips. No photo because I snarfed it immediately.

Oh, and before I forget: Go check out Chloe on DallasEats! She’s the current Chow Hound.

I’m super stinky and need a shower ASAP. Hope you all had a happy humpday!

-SURVEY-

How concerned are you about Swine Flu? Are you taking any precautions?

I’m not going to lie- I’m getting a little freaked out, especially since they just shut down Fort Worth ISD until MAY 8TH!! Crazy. You hear that, El Centro?

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0 Responses to Aubergine

  1. Lisa P says:

    I also eat pasta sauce right out of the jar. Salsa too. I can’t help myself! :) Glad you like Chloe’s cameo on the blog :)

  2. gammypie says:

    No precautions being taken in our household against the swine flu.

    Baskin Robbins you say? I used to beg my Mom to get my birthday cakes there when I was a kid. I loved the mint chocolate chip roll cake. Yum!

  3. Brooke says:

    Heather, I love your menu design! It’s so cute & creative, plus you know how I feel about FdL!! It looks like an A++ to me!
    ps. Chloe is the cutest!

  4. Momcat says:

    Chloe is the cutest!

    Swine flu – everyone needs to take reasonable precautions – frequent handwashing, antibacterial gel. This is serious.

    BR ice cream cakes were a tradition for birthdays when my kids were growing up. Now my son prefers a cheesecake from Cheesecake Royale. I’m not sure about C&S; we usually take her out to dinner.

  5. Paige says:

    Oh I eat pasta sauce right out of the jar, too! My boyfriend thinks I’m crazy, but whatever, it’s delish. No major precautions for me on the swine flu; just diligent hand washing

  6. Eddie G says:

    Hi Heather :)

    I’m also big on eating right out of the jar–anything, really…PB, pasta sauce, mustard (weird, I know)!

    This swine flu mess couldn’t have come at a worse time (economically). Well–maybe. But its timing sucks anyway!

  7. Erin says:

    Oh Chloe!
    I am 0% concerned. :)

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