I recently realised how much I like to cook and I decided to make an online collection of recipes I've collected and tried. These are all pretty easy, and I have made many of them while watching a toddler, or at least during nap time.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Amazing Eggplant Parm

soooooo I am on a total eggplant thing. I've been eating it about 4-5 times a week. Tonight I made Eggplant Parmigiana for the first time. I am eating it now!!

 Here's what you need:
1 lg eggplant, sliced somewhat thin (think thinner than your pinky nail is long)
2 eggs, scrambled
~ 2 c Italian-style bread crumbs*
2 c pasta sauce
~1 c ricotta cheese
~12 oz (by weight) shredded mozzarella

salt the eggplant slices and place in a colander for 15 min or more. rinse them off, let sit till mostly dry. 

Preheat oven to 350.

dip each slice of eggplant in egg, then coat completely in bread crumbs. spray cookie sheet with pam, then place each slice on baking sheet. spray the tops of the slices with pam as well. bake for about 10 min on each side, until bread crumbs are slightly crispy.

 pour some marinara in the bottom of a baking dish. should be about 1/4 c. layer eggplant slices on the bottom, as many as can be fit. spread a thin layer of ricotta over each slice, then sprinkle mozzarella. add another layer of pasta sauce then repeat with eggplant and cheeses.

one dish ended up with 2 layers, one with 3. add some sauce around the edges, cover the dish with foil, then bake 30-45 min, until eggplant is tender and cheese is melted. let rest for 15 min after removing from the oven.

enjoy!! super yummy!

 *bread crumbs: because Gma is gluten free, I made some eggplant so she could eat it. because I could not find gluten-free bread crumbs (and who needs nasty hydrogenated oils anyway?), I made my own. For a half recipe, I used 4 slices of gluten free bread, sprayed with pam, and baked at 250 until dried out (about 15 min each side). Then I threw em in the food processor with dried chopped onion, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and black pepper. Would definitely recommend this method even if you are not gluten free. It's just a little time-consuming. :D

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Cranberry Chicken

1 Can cranberry sauce (whole berry)
1 packet onion soup mix
2-3 chicken breasts

mix cranberry sauce and onion soup mix. arrange the breasts in a glass baking dish, and cover with sauce. Make sure they are well covered (to prevent drying)

Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes or until fully cooked.  

Serves well over brown rice with a green vegetable (Asparagus was amazing with it!)

[NOTE: Onion soup mix typically contains gluten. This post is marked gluten-free because there is an easy substitution here http://www.food.com/recipe/copycat-liptons-onion-soup-mix-24952]

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Best Banana Bread [family recipe]

2 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. oil
1/2 c. melted butter (1 cube)
3 eggs
3 bananas, mashed
1 c. buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
3 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. nuts (optional)

Cream sugar with oil and butter.  Add eggs and beat.  Add bananas,
buttermilk, vanilla and almond exract.  Stir in dry ingredients.  Bake
@ 350 for 45-60 min. (depending on pan size, larger pan, cook longer,
smaller pans, cook less).  Makes 2 large loaves or 5-6 mini loaves or
1 bundt.


3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. orange juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 tsp. butter

Boil all these ingredients until sugar is disolved. Poke hundreds of
holes in loaves when warm and brush or drizzle with glaze.

Thursday, April 28, 2011


Pick a bunch of asparagus that looks good. I prefer thin to medium stems.

Wash, snap off the ends

Place in a 12 inch skillet with about a few Tablespoons of water.  Cover and place over medium heat.  Let the asparagus steam until it's bright green.

Drain the water

Add a small amount of EVOO (and small amount of butter for flavour if you wish), minced garlic, minced red onions, and a TBSP of balsamic vinegar. Sauté until the vinegar is mostly absorbed. Super delicious, sweet, healthy, and easy! Great with fresh grated Parmesan cheese