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October 22, 2010Leave a comment

FALL 2010. EGGPLANT. 10.22.10

Stop wrinkling your nose. Yes, you. “Eggplant?” you say, making the sour milk face. Of the glorious produce available right now, eggplant can be hit or miss. People either love it or hate it. If you are in the latter camp, I beg you to take a fresh look and give this voluptuous vegetable another chance. To entice you, I’m offering a collection of recipes this week that may just put eggplant in a new light for you. It’s been roasted, grilled, stacked, tossed and finally… gobbled. Even by the naysayers.

Cupcakes. Now I bet I have your attention. Isn’t anybody sick of cupcakes yet? Judging by the lines wrapping around the block at DC cupcakeries, I’m going to say no. So I decided to make the mother of all cupcakes as a twist on a birthday party classic. That’s our “splurge” this week and boy, is it a dive off the deep end. If you suffer from butter-phobia, don’t even look.  There is always next week to bring you back to nutritional terra firma.

Eggplant Lists

October 21, 2010Comments Off on Eggplant Lists

3 medium eggplants

8 tomatoes

1 yellow onion

1 red onion

1 red sweet pepper

Baby spinach

Corn (1 ear fresh or 1 bag frozen)

2 lemons

1 bunch Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

Fresh basil

Fresh thyme

Ginger root

Meat / Fish

1 pound shrimp

1 pound lean ground turkey breast


1 cup plain yogurt

12 oz. Feta cheese

4 oz. goat cheese

4 oz. whole milk ricotta

Skim milk

1 egg

Pantry Staples

1 head garlic

15 oz. can chickpeas

15 oz. can black beans

15 oz. can red kidney beans

24 oz. can diced tomatoes

Tomato paste

Whole wheat naan

8 oz. short pasta (penne, fusilli, etc.)

8 oz. fettuccine (fresh or dried)

Yellow corn meal

Whole wheat flour

Pine nuts

You’ll also need salt, pepper, olive oil, all-purpose flour, cooking spray and various spices (cumin, curry…etc.). Check the recipes to be sure you have the staples you need!

Note: List does not include “weekend splurge” ingredients.

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