Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Baked Eggplant Parmesan

My buddy Emily inspired me to make this one. I was visiting her at her house and she picked 2 eggplants out of her garden for me. Thank you Em!

I love Eggplant Parmesan but I find that when it is fried it soaks up the oil. So this is a way to cut back on fat and the mess of frying, too. Double dipping, I just love that. I actually like this version much better too. Mangia!

Baked Eggplant Parmesan
  • 1 or 2 eggplants
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup milk, I used fat free
  • about 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 jar pasta sauce, I used Muir Glen Organic Roasted Garlic
  • Pam Olive oil spray
  • Sargento reduced fat grated, 4 cheese Italian
  • grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Meanwhile slice eggplant into 1/2 inch thick slices. I had a small eggplant and a medium one that made 12 slices.

In 2 medium size bowls add the eggs and milk and mix well then add panko to the other bowl. Dip eggplant into egg mixture, then into panko pressing into panko on both sides. Place on a large baking sheet coated with olive oil spray. When all are coated spray the top of the eggplants with the oil too.

Place in oven and total bake time is 40 minutes but you will need to flip the eggplant after 20 minutes and spray the tops with oil, back to the oven it goes for 15 more minutes.

Meanwhile microwave about half of the jar of pasta sauce until it is hot. Remove eggplant from oven and add the hot pasta sauce on top, then the grated cheeses, cook for 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted and it's golden brown on top.

Easy clean up tip: Line baking sheet with foil before baking.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Baked Beef Stew

Baked Beef Stew for a crew. This recipe is so easy you just throw the ingredients into a roasting pan and bake. No need to brown the meat and it makes its own gravy. Now how cool is that! The meat is so tender and it is a nice hearty meal for a cold chilly day. Warm up your chilly bones from the inside out. Comfort food = Love.

Baked Beef Stew
  • 3 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes in juice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. Minute Tapioca
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated black pepper
  • 1 tsp. granulated garlic powder
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 slices bread, crust removed and cut into cubes
  • 2 cups onion cut into chunks
  • 2 cups celery cut into chunks
  • 1 lb. bag of baby style carrots
  • 8 cups of potatoes cut into chunks, skin on or small baby potatoes w/ skin on
  • 4 1/2 lb. Beef Stew meat
  • cooking spray
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Meanwhile add first 10 ingredients into a very large bowl and mix well, make sure you break up bread pieces it is important. Then add the rest of the ingredients. I cut the meat into smaller chunks if they are really large and trim off  any membrane if there is any, the size of the meat and potatoes is your preference.

Spray a large roasting pan (17 x 14 x 31/2 inches) with cooking spray. Place stew mixture into pan and cover with foil, bake on center rack for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until meat is tender. Remove from oven and carefully remove foil, serve immediately. Enjoy!

This would be a perfect meal for the crew if you are on ski trip, hunting, cross country skiing, etc.  A great meal for a cold days activities if you want an easy to fix meal that will satisfy. This is a variation on a recipe that I found years ago in The Taste of Home magazine.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Manhattan Clam Chowder

There is nothing better on a cold fall day than a hot bowl of chowder to warm up your chilly bones from the inside out. This recipe is doubly delicious because not only do you get to eat these tender clams but you get your veggies too.

You may notice that I use soup base in my soups all of the time. I swear it makes the best tasting soups ever! I have to order mine online, but you can get the chicken and beef bases at the wholesale food clubs in the spice aisle.

Manhattan Clam Chowder

  • 10 cups water
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup clam base
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seed
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 16 oz. bag of frozen petite peas
  • 1 14 oz. bag of frozen lima beans
  • 1 16 oz. bag of frozen white corn
  • 1 16 oz. bag of frozen cut green beans
  • 3 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 med sweet onion, finely diced
  • 2 cups potatoes, chopped into bite size pieces, I like to leave the skin on but it's your choice
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots,finely diced
  • 1 51 oz. can of Chopped Ocean Clams
In a large 8 qt. or larger soup pot add the first seven ingredients and bring to a boil, stir soup base and tomato paste to break up and mix evenly. 

Meanwhile, prepare remaining fresh veggies. After soup broth comes to a boil add veggies and bring to a boil again. Then lower heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 45 minutes.

Then drain juice from canned clams into soup pot but reserve the clams and set aside for now. Bring soup back up to a boil again then stir in the clams and cook for about 5 more minutes. I do this so as to not overcook the clams and make them tough.

Remove bay leaves and serve immediately. Enjoy!