Chocolate Cherry Bomb

Healthy Eggplant Parm

So today was a SNACK FREE DAY! I honestly don’t think that’s ever happened before. I was definitely getting super hungry around lunch time, but then it was 5pm before I knew it and I hadn’t had an afternoon snack. I got home to do some prep for dinner, and then went out for a run before realizing I hadn’t had anything since lunch time. It certainly won’t be a new habit because I love to snack so much, but it was a first!

I had an awesome run today, too. I think taking 2 days off was what my body needed, and I was super speedy on today’s run! I set out to do 5 miles, and the first mile was 8:46. I honestly think that’s the fastest I’ve ever run a mile! I normally end up around 9:40-9:45 pace, but today’s pace was 9:14! Not sure what was going on there, but I felt really good the whole time. Today’s Stats:

Distance: 5.00 miles

Duration: 46:09 minutes

Avg Pace: 9:14 min/mile

Avg Speed: 6.5mph

Calories Burned: 577

During the last mile or so, my stomach definitely started to grumble a bit, and thinking about what I could have when I got home got me through… a chocolate cherry bomb (WITH all the ingredients this time!)

This smoothie had:

  • 1 cup light soy milk
  • 12 frozen cherries
  • 1 semi-frozen banana
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 2 cups spinach

Sooooo good. It hit the spot and carried me through showering and making dinner without eating my arm.

I looooove eggplant parmigiana. It’s one of my favorite dishes at any Italian restaurant, and was long before I gave up meat. The problem is, most places you get it, the eggplant is deep fried and its doused in so much cheese and probably has butter and oil everywhere. I made some tonight that was just as good as restaurant style, but a million times healthier!

I had a japanese eggplant, which is a longer, thinner eggplant than your standard, but very similar otherwise.

I sliced it up into evenly thick pieces, and then covered a plate with salt. Salt is the trick here, because it pulls the moisture out of the eggplant. Cover the tops of the eggplant with salt too, way more than you’d normally use.

I did this before my run, and when I came back the plate was covered in water. Check it out:

After the eggplant sat in the salt for about an hour, I quickly rinsed off the salt and then patted it dry with paper towels. Then I got two bowls ready, one with egg and one with panko crumbs. It’s important to season the panko crumbs pretty heavily since that’s where most of your flavor is coming from. I just used salt and pepper, and here was everything ready to go:

I put the eggplant slices first in the egg wash, and then in the breadcrumbs. It’s good to keep one hand “wet” and one hand “dry” if you can, so I used my left hand to pick up the eggplant, put it in the egg, flip it over, and then drop it in the breadcrumbs. I then used my right hand to flip over the eggplant and toss it around in the crumbs, and then put it on the baking sheet. I did this for all of the slices of eggplant and it keeps it less messy if you have your designated wet/dry hands.

I baked these at 375 for 10 minutes, and then flipped them over and baked them for another 10. Then I put some sauce on a plate, placed some eggplant slices, and then topped it with shredded mozz. I threw it in the broiler for another 3 minutes and the cheese got all melty and crispy.

How good does that look!? It was incredible. And, with Weight Watchers, its only 4 points for half the eggplant with the sauce and cheese! You could bulk this dish up with some pasta, but it stood alone quite well. Yum.

Also, in other exciting news, I just got my ticket to the 2010 Healthy Living Summit!! So excited! Is anyone else is going?! Be back tomorrow!!

Random and The Giveaway Winner

That is the only word I can think of to describe dinner tonight. I didn’t sleep too well last night, and this afternoon post-lunch, it hit me hard. I was practically falling asleep at my desk, so when I got home, I couldn’t do too much to prevent myself from going directly to my bed and passing out for a good hour and a half. When I woke up around 7, I was ravenous! I wanted something and fast, so I heated up two of these Veggie Buns that I picked up at the Asian Grocery Store yesterday:

These just needed to heat in the microwave for 2 minutes, so the timing was perfect. I had some soy sauce with a little honey in it on the side, and they were delicious! They were stuffed with mostly cabbage, so pretty light, but the soy sauce was perfect with it.

Once I gobbled those down, I decided to make some Kale Chips. I’d never made them before but had heard great things, and they were super easy! I just took a bunch of kale, sprayed it with olive oil and some salt, and spread it out on a cookie sheet:

I put it in the oven at 400 for 20 minutes (mixing it around after 10), and then they were done. Simple!

DELICIOUS. I will definitely be making these again.

After the kale, I wanted a little something else, so I decided to make a smoothie. I had seen Chocolate Cherry Bomb’s on Caitlin’s blog, and I had some frozen cherries, so I decided to go for it, except I forgot the spinach! I have a ton of spinach I have to use up too but I was already mostly through it before realizing I’d left out a key ingredient. It was still delicious, just not as nutrition packed as it could have been.

This Chocolate Cherry Bomb had:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 10 frozen cherries
  • 1 medium banana
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

So good but will hopefully remember spinach the next time. Anyways, random dinner, right? I have to remember that I usually wake up from a nap post-work ravenous, so to have something easy and healthy to eat (like those veggie buns!) so that I don’t end up mindlessly eating everything in my kitchen.

And now, for the KIND Bar winner! I meant to post this earlier today, but I used Random.Org to generate the winning number…

True Random Number Generator 36 Powered by RANDOM.ORG
So the winner is, littlemisspotato, #36. She said “I have never tried them yet! I’d love to though.
The Fruit and Nut Delight and the Cranberry Almond sound fabulous. :D
Email me your address at bethklein at gmail dot com, and I’ll have the KIND people send you your bars right away. Congrats!!