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Real Simple magazine: Eggplant lasagna

In my continuing effort to cook most of my meals at home, I went through this month’s cooking calendar on the Real Simple magazine’s website. I put a menu together for the week and plan to link to the dishes each day, just to get back into the habit of blogging meals. This weekend I plan to pick up veggies at the Farmer’s market (SOCO Collection’s spread was incredible last Saturday) and I’ll finally knock out the remainder of the vegetarian menu.

But until then, here’s a vegetarian dish from Real Simple that I was iffy to try, but thankful I did. It’s eggplant lasagna, made with slabs of eggplant (they call for it to be broiled, but I threw mine on the grill), a simple tomato sauce and creamy, herb-spiked ricotta.

Add a side salad drizzled in balsamic vinaigrette and this is both hearty and healthy–for under 400 calories. Here’s the recipe for eggplant lasagna from Real Simple magazine.

Week 11, Meal 1: Penne with arugula and pistachio, grilled shrimp, cherry tomato and fennel

I never choose pasta when I’m out. Restaurants charge a ton of money for something that costs so little and the sauces are usually weighed down with oil or butter.

And as for those sauces, they’re the same everywhere, just variations on the usual suspects — marinara, Alfredo, pesto, etc.

For pasta week, Chef Brian pulled the proverbial rabbit out of his hat with sauces I would never have thought of, let alone thought I’d cook at home.

First was Italian salsa verde. Now, check out Week 11, Meal 1: Penne with arugula and pistachio pesto, grilled shrimp, cherry tomato and fennel. Continue reading Week 11, Meal 1: Penne with arugula and pistachio, grilled shrimp, cherry tomato and fennel

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