Muffins + Magazine Meals

February 26, 2009


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Matt brought this low-fat whole wheat blueberry muffin home and I took the opportunity to incorporate it into a snack 😉

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1/2 cup TJ’s Euro yogurt with about 1/4 of the muffin and some almonds. Consumed around 5:00 – just late enough to spoil my dinner appetite! Guf! I’ve got to find a way around doing this everyday.

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Two hours later, dinner was served. Tonight’s recipe came from this month’s SHAPE Magazine: Ricotta-Stuffed Eggplant Rolls with a Red Pepper Sauce. I had hoped to link over to the recipe, but SHAPE is not up to speed!! I highly recommend this recipe, so either go buy a magazine or sit tight until they post it :mrgreen: I also sipped on a little of this as we cooked dinner!

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Our version had:

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 3/4 cup ricotta
  • 3 cups sauteed spinach
  • Roasted red peppers from a jar
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Feta (we added this to thicken the sauge)
  • Mozzarella (I definitely recommend adding this!)
  • Herbs
  • Spices

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All rolled up! This was delicious, but I wish I could have tasted the ricotta a little bit more. Maybe next time I’d use a cottage cheese + ricotta blend? Or add some melted mozzarella to the innards? I served my two rolls over a bed of slightly wilted spinach. I actually prefer the taste of baby spinach. I bought this pre-washed bag of regular at HT but I think baby has less of a fishy taste and would use that next time too.

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Served with a half slice of crusty wheat sourdough

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After dinner I pulled this Hello Dolly out of the freezer. I think it was the best thing I’ve put in my mouth all week. Gahahahahh!

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Jessica is giving away an “I Eat Real Food” shirt!!! Wheeee!

Kath Eat’s (aka KERF) T-shirt GIveaway


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Night guys!

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1 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) February 26, 2009 at 8:43 pm

mmm, your muffin snack looks delicious. that blue bowl perfectly complements the blue berries :-)

(and i agree — a ricotta + cottage cheese blend would probably intensify the cheese flavor/tang just enough!)


2 Oh She Glows February 26, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Oh yuor dinner looks delicious! I looove Eggplant. I don’t have it enough.


3 Oh She Glows February 26, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Oh your dinner looks delicious! I looove Eggplant. I don’t have it enough.


4 Mel February 26, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Both your snack and your dinner look amazing! I’m always looking for a pasta alternative!


5 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) February 26, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Kath, I think your doing a good job trying to eat intuitively and listen to your body. I know snacking with meals and stuff can be hard and all, but your trial and error will def. pay off when you find that perfect balance!


6 Michelle Hisae February 26, 2009 at 8:49 pm

I swear I’ve been wanting to make that EXACT recipe out of SHAPE! Now I gotta try it. Eggplant is one of those treats in the veggie world – I should have it more.


7 brandi February 26, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Baked goods + yogurt or oats = always good.

I love Hello Dollys!!! They’re the best :)


8 zestycook February 26, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Now that is a Dinner – WOW


9 VeggieGirl February 26, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Looove SHAPE magazine!!


10 Red Head, Yellow Dog February 26, 2009 at 8:54 pm

I was wondering what I was going to do with the eggplants in the fridge…now I know!!! that looks soo good!


11 Natalie February 26, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Love your muffin-filled snack!


12 Jessica February 26, 2009 at 8:58 pm

I love seeing the great breads Matt brings home! I wish we had a GH in Durham! Thanks for posting the KERF giveaway – let the fun begin!


13 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) February 26, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Ooooh that looks SOOOOO delicious!!


14 Kelsey Miles February 26, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Be-A-utiful muffin pic!..


15 Amelia February 26, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Your eggplant dish looks sooo good! Seriously have to make that soon.


16 WEEKLY BITE February 26, 2009 at 9:07 pm

What a great looking dinner! I love meals with veggies as a base!


17 Meg February 26, 2009 at 9:23 pm

What a delicious dinner!

That muffin looks fabulous!


18 Emily February 26, 2009 at 9:27 pm

the muffin looks great; love the colors!
the eggplant rollup is a fun idea!


19 Lisa February 26, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Ooh, eggplant roll-ups! That’s a fun idea, and it doesn’t look all that hard. I might give it a shot this weekend.


20 Maureen February 26, 2009 at 9:40 pm

That is an epic muffin!


21 Juli (Peanut Butter and Juli) February 26, 2009 at 9:59 pm

That muffin looks DELICIOUS!! I need to get my sassy self over to a GH asap.

I love Self magazine. They have great recipes and workouts. Best combo I could ask for:)

PS I LOVE your blog!


22 theoodbod February 26, 2009 at 10:19 pm

i am writing this recipe down. eggplant is def. one of my new favourite foods


23 Sharon February 26, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Oh wow, that muffin looks delicious!


24 Lauren February 26, 2009 at 10:45 pm

That eggplant looks absolutely DELICIOUS! I love eggplant but I’m too intimidated to cook it :(


25 Shelby February 26, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Lovely snack, now I’m craving a muffin!

Mmm and the eggplant dish looks tasty!


26 Tropicana LasVegas February 26, 2009 at 11:30 pm



27 amber February 26, 2009 at 11:44 pm

oh that looks fabulous! I am going to go look through my shape for that recipe! yum!!


28 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) February 27, 2009 at 12:13 am

Nice dinner!


29 sue February 27, 2009 at 12:18 am

that muffin looks impossible to resist, i would probably have ruined my dinner appetite with a bit of it too :)


30 Ashley C February 27, 2009 at 1:33 am

I will definitely go check out Shape for the recipe- looks fab


31 Leah February 27, 2009 at 2:10 am

Great dinner tonight!!

A contest giveaway, whooho!


32 Kath February 27, 2009 at 7:11 am

Jessica ,
I think there’s a GH in Chapel Hill. My parents have been to one in their area.



33 Julie L February 27, 2009 at 10:35 am

For what it’s worth, I was talking to my nutritionist about that problem too – snacking too much before dinner. She suggested adding more protein earlier in the day, both at lunch and breakfast, to avoid getting so hungry before dinner….and also I’m trying to move my workout up earlier in the day so I can get dinner ready sooner. I’m not sure either is working yet, but that was her idea for me.


34 Diana (Soap & Chocolate) February 27, 2009 at 10:57 am

I was wondering about that Shape recipe! Considered making it but made the puttanesca from that same article instead. Glad to see that someone else has tried the eggplant recipe and enjoyed! I might have to try too…


35 Kelli February 27, 2009 at 11:15 am

Too funny — I pulled out the same recipe to make. I love eggplant and any way to replace pasta. Yum!


36 Jess February 27, 2009 at 11:28 am

Oh my, that looks delicious. I’ve had a similar eggplant recipe in my “to cook” pile for quite some time and need to get on it!


37 Kinder February 27, 2009 at 11:54 am

Dinner looks great! And I can’t wait to hear where you are going!

As an aside, if your spinach tastes fishy I don’t think you should eat it…..


38 Leah February 27, 2009 at 11:56 am

Your dinner looks amazing!

::: runs to look for more eggplant recipes:::


39 froyogi February 27, 2009 at 2:48 pm

I made these this week as well, inspired by the magazine. I swapped out the ricotta for fat free cottage cheese completely, and it was good.


40 Meredith (Pursuing Balance) February 27, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Mmmmm muffin!


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