Sunday, October 31, 2010

Angel Hair Pasta with Eggplant Tomato Sauce

Trying a new recipe from WW tonight! Makes 6 servings, so I will get to eat it ALL week!

1st step: Roasting red pepper and eggplant, always a good sign.

2nd Step: Make the sauce (with garlic and fresh tomato-another good sign)

3rd Step: Mix in pasta and Feta (wow).

Great recipe! Here it is (courtesy of


1 medium raw eggplant, baby-variety, sliced into 1/3- to 1/2-inch-thick rounds   
1 medium sweet red pepper(s), cut into 8 strips   

1 spray(s) olive oil cooking spray   

3/4 tsp table salt, divided   

1 medium garlic clove(s), minced   
2 large tomato(es), coarsely chopped   

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes   

1/8 tsp black pepper   

2 Tbsp basil, fresh, minced   
2 Tbsp chives, fresh, minced   
1/2 cup(s) fat-free chicken broth   

8 oz uncooked angel hair pasta, cooked according to package directions, drained   

4 oz reduced-fat feta cheese, crumbled   


  • Preheat grill to medium.*
  • Place eggplant slices and pepper strips in a grill basket (or place vegetables on a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil with holes poked in it to allow smoke through). Off heat, coat vegetables with cooking spray; season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Place on grill and cook until lightly browned and tender, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Cut vegetables into bite-size pieces; set aside.
  • Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over low-medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and cook until slightly pulpy, about 1 minute more. Stir in vegetables, remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt, red pepper flakes, black pepper, basil, chives and broth; increase heat to medium-high. Cook until broth is slightly reduced and mixture has a sauce consistency, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add pasta and toss to coat. Stir in cheese just before serving. Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.


  • * You can roast the vegetables if you prefer. Preheat oven to 425ºF. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place vegetables on prepared baking sheet and coat with cooking spray; season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Roast, until lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.

    Let your garden dictate the vegetables for this recipe: sliced zucchini, yellow squash or red onion can be substituted for the eggplant.

Rise and Shiner!

One of the things I miss most about Burlington is the KKD Rise and Shiner! A fried egg, hash brown, and your choice of meat on a round roll! Usually we would get them at the end of a night out...but now I make them for Sunday brunch!

My version is lightened up but just as satisfying as the real deal! I used a Bagel Thin, frozen hashbrown patty, 2% cheese, morningstar farms "sausage" and an organic egg!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pumpkin Doughnuts

Last weekend I put down my drafting pen for a few hours and completed my first Daring Baker's Challenge! This month we all made doughnuts, any type was allowed but a few suggestions were given. Being completely obsessed with Pumpkin September through December, I chose to make the Pumpkin Doughnuts.

This was the first time I have ever made doughnuts, or fried anything for that matter! They were wonderful, I couldn't believe they looked like doughnuts, smelled like doughnuts, and tasted like doughnuts! After they cooled a little, I coated them in cinnamon sugar and filled them with pumpkin butter! Delicious!

The recipe can be found here:

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Potato Soup

Used  bag of Bear Creek potato soup and spruced it up with chicken sausage, onions, red pepper flakes and kale! Tastes like Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana!


When I was younger I liked to completely veg out on the weekends, usually in front of the tv. Since we only got 12 channels I spent a lot of sunday mornings watching infomercials for things like the magic bullet, a little blender that chops and whips, of course I wanted one. Well, 14 years later my mom found one that was free and shipped it to me. Needless to say I have used it every day since she sent it!

My favorite way to use it is to take about 1/4 fat free milk and whip it to the consistency of the foam in a cappuccino and pour it over my morning coffee. It tastes so decadent and it is low in fat and calories. You can whip in all sorts of things too; pumpkin butter, cocoa and vanilla are my current favorite flavors. Yum.