Eggplant Character

August 7, 2012

Perhaps the silliest eggplant you’ve ever seen!?

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Of course this is something that Matt grew, so it’s not surprise : )

I ate a peach and went to prenatal yoga while he worked on dinner. Gold medal for the husband!

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He took photos of his culinary creation – pesto ricotta grilled eggplant.

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First grilled,

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Then topped with a mixture of 1/3 cup ricotta cheese mixed with about 3 tbsp of my homemade pesto.

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Followed by some grated parmesan and baked for about 10 minutes in a 350* oven – until cheese was melted.

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Seared Twin Oaks Tofu strips on the side!

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Excellent dinner to come home to!

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Despite the fact that I had ice cream about 3 times last week, I didn’t gain any weight in the past 2 weeks per the doctor’s scale. Puzzling! So knowing the baby probably needs that ice cream, I’m headed to dip into my Breyers Natural Vanilla with a little Olympics watching : ) I still stand by my statement that Breyers All Natural makes a pretty healthy choice for a treat – especially when mixed [diluted] with some plain milk for a milkshake consistency! I wouldn’t say that about any ole ice cream.

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1 Laura August 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm

yumo! this meal looks absolutely heavenly! and even better you didn’t have to lift a finger for it! can you please come to my home and teach my lover how to do all this?! sheesh! enjoy your icecream and olympics :)

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2 Sana August 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Bahaha no words for the eggplant pic. No words.

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3 Sarah @ Learning to Feed Yourself August 7, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I love grilled eggplant! Grilling gives it the best texture and best smokey taste!

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4 Lynn @ the actor's diet August 7, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Silly eggplant indeed! Thanks for making me smile, Kath.

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5 Erin Motz August 7, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Great idea for the eggplant. I don’t like it very much but I bet zucchini would be a fantastic substitute!

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6 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 7, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Conjoined twin eggplants!! Haha. I loooove eggplant, I never ate them before, but over the past year they’ve become a staple in my weekly diet!

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7 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries August 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I LOVE adding a little splash of milk to my ice cream bowls! My husband looks at me like I’m crazy, but I love the milkshake consistency.

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8 KathEats August 7, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I love it too! Been doing it since middle school : )

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9 Meagan August 9, 2012 at 11:35 am

I find that sometimes it helps the ice cream to reach the melty creamy stage vs hard from freezer stage more quickly!

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10 Micaela August 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I have never eaten an eggplant before but that looked so delicious that I think I might try them! :)

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11 robin August 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm

heheheeeee!

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12 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Looks like such a yummy dinner! I don’t buy eggplant often enough. It’s just one of those things I forget about at the grocery store.

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13 Jessica @ New Girl, New City August 7, 2012 at 8:38 pm

That eggplant sounds AMAZING… and that’s not something I usually say about eggplant.

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14 Kel August 7, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Oh.That.Eggplant! Hysterical!

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15 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 7, 2012 at 8:42 pm

perfect eggplant AND tofu – I want them both! And ice cream – yes, fuel up….now’s your chance (although I know you don’t think like that) but seems it’s not an issue so go for it :)

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16 Kerry August 7, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Hahaha, that eggplant is ridiculous! The lighting makes it look like snoopy in a hat! :)

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17 sarah August 7, 2012 at 8:46 pm

That eggplant is priceless. WAY TO GO MATT ;) ;)

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18 Catalina @ Cake with Love August 7, 2012 at 9:00 pm

OMG that eggplant is hilarious!!! :)

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19 Julia @ Girl vs. Food August 7, 2012 at 9:06 pm

That eggplant is glorious. That is all.

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20 Danielle August 7, 2012 at 9:17 pm

lol, that eggplant brings back memories! When I was a kid my Grandfather had a large garden. When he had a funky shaped eggplant, tomato etc just like your eggplant he would put a face on it. So in this case that conjoined part of the eggplant would be the nose.

And I totally agree. Nothing wrong with a little Breyer’s All Natural! :-)

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21 Wendy French Barrett August 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm

That eggplant looks quite a bit overdone for me to be convinced it was tasty. But, you know what, we all over-cook things, just fess up. I almost burned up a whole skillet of sesame seeds tonight. Matt seems like a great cook, though. &, my goodness, my husband almost always overdoes it on the grill.

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22 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs August 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Sweet eggplant :)

Did you watch the Synchronized Swimming? So weird….

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23 Heather August 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm

That is too funny! I took a picture of an identical eggplant from a farmers market today in Boston!

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24 Becky August 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Through 2 pregnancys I never gained any weight the last few weeks! I ate super super healthy the first time around and exercised most days and are not as great the second time and hardly exercised — yet gained exactly the same amount of weight week by week with each pregnancy. I figure your body knows what it needs for a healthy pregnancy. Eat the ice cream and enjoy!

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25 Monica August 7, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Love Breyer’s Its’ the best!!! Only kind I buy! Except sometimes I splurge on Ben and Jerry’s.

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26 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut August 7, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I never make eggplant, but this is a good reminder of how good and easy it is. Get that ice cream, girl! Yum. Have you heard of Arctic Zero? It’s 150 calories a pint! (Not that you’re so focused on calories right now, but it could be something to look into later).

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27 Carly @ Snack Therapy August 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm

As a kid, I used to put ice cream into a glass, pour in some milk, and mush it around until a milkshake texture was achieved. The perfect midnight snack without waking parents upstairs :-).

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28 Jane August 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm

LOL, Love the eggplant.

It reminds me of the US mens rowing team photo:

http://1037litefm.cbslocal.com/2012/08/07/us-mens-rowing-team-turns-heads-while-accepting-their-bronze/

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29 KathEats August 8, 2012 at 7:03 am

omg!

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30 Micky August 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm

OMG!!! :)

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31 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 7, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Haha I love home grown veggies, you get to see veggies in their true, natural form.

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32 Justeen @ Blissful Baking August 7, 2012 at 10:36 pm

That eggplant is too funny!!

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33 Ellie@Fit for the Soul August 7, 2012 at 11:13 pm

hahaa, a mutated eggplant! I love mutated produce–they’re just fun to look at. :P And Matt is just so creative in the kitchen. I bet those flavors together tasted amazing and bold.

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34 Morgan @ momentsofmmm August 7, 2012 at 11:13 pm

The eggplant is priceless. And it made my day. Thanks :)

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35 Alison August 7, 2012 at 11:30 pm

My mom picked up an eggplant that sorta looked like that today! I thought of Veggie Tales when I saw it. Looks like a delicious dinner!

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36 Michelle (Peachy Palate) August 8, 2012 at 12:25 am

That looks like some incredible tofu!!! Love it! I could eat it every day of the week! Funniest eggplant I’ve ever seen for sure. People are so funny here and only buy things that look conventional (in fact shops only sell fruit and veg. that meet certain requirements!!!) Craziness!

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37 Stuart August 8, 2012 at 4:56 am

We call them aubergine in the UK, and I was never a big fan until my wife and I went to Florence, Italy, this year and had the most most amazing griddled aubergine with chilli. Blew me away and now we eat it at least once a week. this recipe looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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38 Kathryn @ Mamacado August 8, 2012 at 5:19 am

Well, if you didn’t know you were having a boy, that eggplant would have been your “sign”. Ha ha.

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39 Anna August 8, 2012 at 5:21 am

Hi Kath,
Breyers no longer makers Ice Cream, if you look closely, the carton should now say “Frozen Dairy Dessert.” It still claims to be all natural, but after the company was bought by Unilever, they added additives to the recipe. I noticed this recently myself!

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40 KathEats August 8, 2012 at 9:02 am

Are you sure? My carton says “ice cream” on it – and so does the website (http://www.breyers.com/product/detail/113591/natural-vanilla). I wonder if it was just one of their styles that had to change the description?

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41 Anna August 8, 2012 at 9:08 am

Hmmm. Well, I noticed the “Frozen Dairy Dessert” on our carton and googled it. Ah, I see now, according to Wikipedia, “very few Breyers all-natural products are still truly ‘ice cream.’ ” Maybe yours is? Just something that caught my eye. Thought it was worth looking into!

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42 Anna August 8, 2012 at 9:12 am
43 KathEats August 8, 2012 at 9:17 am

Mine says “milk, cream, sugar, guar gum, natural flavors.”

It doesn’t surprise me at all that some of their loaded/low-carb/low-fat ones are no longer that natural.

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44 KathEats August 8, 2012 at 9:17 am

Maybe they have very subtle packaging differences in “all natural” verses “natural” or something

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45 Kristi August 8, 2012 at 9:12 am

Interesting…I had Breyer’s Oreo last week and noticed it did say Frozen Dairy Dessert. Better just get All Natural next time!

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46 Anna August 9, 2012 at 6:01 am

I don’t know about low carb/low fat/low sugar, etc. I never buy that stuff.

As for All Natural – our carton says Vanilla Bean All Natural, but Frozen Dairy Dessert in very small letters. Some people consider Tara Gum and Natural Flavors additives, and it’s true – they weren’t there before. Something to think about! ;)

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47 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope August 8, 2012 at 6:11 am

That is one silly looking eggplant! I love the idea of grilled eggplant with pesto and ricotta. That sounds delicious. Definitely going to try it :)

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48 Chelsea @ Chelsea's Lovelys August 8, 2012 at 6:14 am

What a good idea for eggplant! I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy it! :)

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49 Molly @ RDexposed August 8, 2012 at 7:14 am

The eggplant dish sounds so good!

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50 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 8, 2012 at 7:29 am

I love this creative idea for eggplant! I worked at a farm last summer and we always had funny looking eggplants like that one. The owners used to stick a pair of sunglasses on them and put them on display! :P

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51 Katie August 8, 2012 at 7:29 am

For some reason i heard women can stop gaining weight at the end..l.i think i did! I love eggplant parmesan!

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52 Cait's Plate August 8, 2012 at 7:54 am

Can’t beat a fully roasted dinner! Looks absolutely delicious. And Breyer’s All Natural is one of my go-tos! You may have covered this already, but what’s your take on the slow-churned variety?

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53 KathEats August 8, 2012 at 9:04 am

I can’t find it on their website!?

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54 Cait's Plate August 8, 2012 at 9:34 am

Oh sorry it’s Edy’s brand! http://www.edys.com/SlowChurned

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55 KathEats August 8, 2012 at 9:46 am

Breyers All Natural >>>>> Edy’s Slow Churned

Breyers: milk, cream, sugar, gum, natural flavor.
Edy’s: skim milk, cream, sugar, corn syrup, whey protein, buttermilk, molasses, acacia gum, carob bean gum, guar gum, natural flavors (with vanilla extract), carrageenan, annatto color

Biggest diff. is that Edy’s has a little less fat – but then they have to add those fillers to make it taste fatty. Interesting they add whey protein and yet the Breyers has 1 gram more!

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56 Cait's Plate August 8, 2012 at 10:07 am

Seriously! Thanks for doing the comparison :)

I asked because I remembered Cristin doing a post on it for Eat Like Me (http://www.self.com/fooddiet/blogs/eatlikeme/2010/07/shop-like-me—slow-churned-ic.html) and her recommending it but when I read the ingredients I was a little shocked given it’s long list!

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57 Amy August 8, 2012 at 11:00 am

With Slow Churned, they are selling you air. I don’t know why I would want to buy a quart that is part air, when I can buy a quart that is all ice cream.

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58 Whitney August 8, 2012 at 8:08 am

What a good idea for eggplant! I have all of the ingredients and will have to get an eggplant! Thanks!

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59 Emma August 8, 2012 at 9:16 am

I would heat the heck out of a meal like that!! That eggplant looks awesome, and all the tofu talk here lately is making me put some on my list for next week.

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60 Courtney @ Brussel Sprouts and Beer August 8, 2012 at 11:04 am

Haha…that is a funny looking eggplant but your dinner looks delicious!

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61 Angel7 August 8, 2012 at 11:36 am

That is an absolutely hilarious eggplant (LOL) :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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62 Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy August 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm

What a great husband you have – cooking that for you!

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63 Mahealani @ Beauty, Brains, and Balance August 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Nom that tofu! Those look so golden and yummy. Do you eat your tofu seared and plain? I love the stuff, but I need a leeeeeetle dipping sauce, buffalo is our go-to one.

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64 KathEats August 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Yes, this needed sauce. Matt made a sriracha sauce for his (because I haven’t been into that since pregnancy) but I ended up having a little too. Much better!

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65 Mahealani @ Beauty, Brains, and Balance August 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Oooh, that sounds good too, I will have to try that! Thanks Kath!

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66 Adrianna August 10, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I love a naughty looking vegetable. always makes me laugh…and I love the 16 year old boy that lives in my head.

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