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Curried Fairy Tale Eggplants

Healthy HostessCarlene ThomasComment

The husband and I spent a great weekend at Stone Tower Winery catching up with the girls (and their other halves) that I did my dietetic internship with! It's always so amazing to spend a couple hours relaxing and laughing over Virginia wine on a fall day. That's really as good as it gets. Today I'm sharing another eggplant recipe? I put a question mark there because, really? Eggplant again? Yes. I've got another way I am actually willing to consume this strange produce: curried. Also fairy tale eggplants...cutest name ever. 

Curried Fairy Tale Eggplants
Curried Fairy Tale Eggplants

Fairy Tale Curried Eggplant

/// Ingredients ///

  • fairy tale eggplants, halved
  • chana masala spice blend
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • mint, cilantro, yogurt, apple to serve with brown rice or greens

/// Directions /// Slice eggplants in half. Rub with chana masala spice mix. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake at 350 on a baking sheet for fifteen mins or until soft. You should be able to easily stab it through with a fork or scoop it out with a spoon from the flesh.  Add a little salt and serve with yogurt, mint, cilantro and brown rice. I personally prefer to scoop the eggplants out and eat these without the skin because I'm a picky pants.

I like how warming the spices are in this curry mix without being overwhelming crazy-spicy-hot. Chopped crisp apple is the right balance of brightness and crispness to pair with this kind of mushy dish. 

Curried Fairy Tale Eggplants

Clean Cocktails: Corn Based Drink!

Healthy HostessCarlene ThomasComment
Clean Cocktails: Corn Based Drink! 

Happy Friday! You guys aren't going to believe it (lies-you totally saw this coming), but I've done another vegetable based cocktail: corn edition.  With the last bit of corn season going out and harvest coming in, I've been thinking about how to pull this off all summer. It's amazing. Seriously, I love this cocktail. Go see how to make it for yourself to kick off the weekend. 

This weekend we're hitting a vineyard with the girls I did my dietetic internship with and their other halves. We always pull together a picnic and yes, enjoy lots of Virginia wine. My other 'exciting' weekend project? Taking the dog to the groomer's. Poor Kobe has tons and tons of hair and while we typically only shave him at the start of summer, homedog is getting another buzz to stop the dog fur tumbleweeds from taking over our house. It's the little things.

Clean Cocktails: Corn Based Drink! 

Super Greens Salad with Watermelon and Feta

Beauty Foods, Healthy HostessCarlene ThomasComment

I'm so happy to be 'back on track' with my one salad per day rule. A salad a day makes me feel awesome, okay? (Maybe we should have t-shirts made?).  Even though I feel like the combinations I put together for my big bowl of leafy greens are obvious, they totally aren't, so I'm starting to share some of these blends with you like my bacon plum bowl or even my crab salad. Everyone needs a recipe to start!

Super Greens Salad with Watermelon and Feta

First let's talk about my latest greens mix addiction. I know Costco seems cray-cray for a house of two, but there are some definite good, healthy buys to be had there including bulk quinoa, salmon, dried fruit, cottage cheese, etc. Typically we'll pick up the organic spring mix, but this time Costco had a Power Greens blend from Taylor Farms organic filled with baby swiss chard, spinach and baby kale. YES. I am so excited about this blend because they baby versions are not tough, not bitter and so simple to use. Basically, there's no excuse to not use them. Because they're filled with dark greens, they are an amazing beauty food. I strongly believe that having clear skin and the really kind compliments I get about my skin are partially related to my leafy greens intake. So bottom line, buy the greens. 

Super Greens Salad with Watermelon and Feta

Super Greens Salad with Watermelon and Feta

/// Ingredients ///

  • 2 cups power greens mix
  • 1/4 small red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup watermelon cubes
  • 1/8 cup feta cheese
  • cider vinegar dressing ( mix 2 T apple cider vinegar with 6 T olive oil, 1/2 T dijon mustard, 1 t honey and salt and pepper for a batch...save the extra and store in the fridge. Shake in a jar to emulsify.)

/// Directions /// Assemble the salad, shake dressing and pour over top. To make it a meal salad, add a sprinkle of quinoa and chickpeas or top with roasted chicken.

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