What’s for dinner tonight?

Last nights dinner was amaaaaaaazing!!  So I’ll get right to it, cause you’re gonna want to come right over and give me a big kiss right on the lips!

Eggplant lasagna bake with garlic cheesy biscuits!

Eggplant lasagna bake

2 eggplants
a big pile of mushrooms (sorry I didn’t measure, haha!)
1 clove garlic
a jar of your fav pasta sauce
your fav vegan mozzarella cheese
vegan parmesan cheese (optional)





Slice your shrooms and sauté them with a clove of garlic.

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Add your pasta sauce, cover with a lid, and turn it down to low to let it simmer while you work on your eggplant.



Slice a little piece off of your eggplant to give it “feet”- it won’t roll around while you’re trying to slice it, so you won’t have to worry about cutting yourself.




Slice it very thin (you’ll be using these eggplant slices instead of lasagna noodles, so slice them as thinly as you can)



Time to start layering!  Start with sauce, then eggplant, more sauce, then a little cheese.  Continue until you have used all of the eggplant slices.



The top layer should be sauce, lots of cheese, and a sprinkle of vegan parmesan.



Bake in a 400 F oven for about 30 mins (till the cheese is all melty and brown on top)


We served it with garlic cheesy biscuits(recipe follows) and a kale salad dressed with lemon juice, olive oil, and a little sprinkle of salt and pepper.



And now the garlic cheesy biscuits! 


Garlic Cheesy Biscuits

1 cup AP flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
5 tsp baking powder
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp fresh parsley
1 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp Earth Balance
3 Tbsp Earth Balance Shortening
1 cup almond milk
1 cup Daiya Cheddar Style vegan cheese

Preheat oven to 450 F.

In a large bowl mix together flours, baking powder, garlic, parsley, rosemary, and salt.



Cut in the shortening and earth balance until it’s crumbly.  You can use a fork or a pastry cutter, but it works best if you just use your fingers!



Stir in the milk and Daiya.



Drop by big spoonfuls onto a sprayed baking sheet or a baking stone.



Bake for 15 minutes until lightly brown on top.

Combine a Tablespoon of earth balance, a clove of minced garlic, and a teaspoon of parsley(you could also use dill for this- it would be amazing as well).  Brush over the tops of the biscuits.



And voila!  The finished product!



I had to really restrain myself from snarfing the whole batch down!  Oh. My. Word.  These are amazing!!!


Well, I’ll leave you to it!  We’re iced in again today.  Sad smile

But mama pea posted a recipe for toffee bars that look freaking amazing so I think I’m going to get my bake on today!

Have a good one!





Snow day 2!

We’re on snow day two here and we’re going stir crazy!  We have no nice healthy foods in the house- no salad, spinach, fresh veg of any kind left.  Yikes!  And we’ll be trapped again tomorrow because they’ve already closed campus.

The closest I could get to a healthy lunch was some leftover pizza dough and some cherry tomatoes that were starting to get a bit wrinkly in the fridge.  So I did the best I could, and it ended up being quite tasty!  This would be awesome to serve as an appetizer at a party!

Garlicky cheesy breadsticks with roasted cherry tomato marinara

here’s what you need…

leftover pizza dough
a clove of garlic
big spoonful of Earth Balance
Daiya vegan cheese
cherry tomatoes
italian seasoning
olive oil for drizzling
salt and peper

For the roasted tomato marinara…

Put your tomatoes in a pan and drizzle with a little EVOO.  Sprinkle with italian seasoning, salt and pepper.



Roast in a 475 F oven for around 20 mins (keep an eye on them!) till the tomatoes look deflated.  There will be some liquid, it’s okay you need it- don’t toss it!


Get your potato masher out and mash them up.  If you don’t have one you can use a fork.  If you don’t like chunks of tomatoes you can give them a whirl in a food processor or blender.




For the breadsticks…

Take your leftover pizza dough and roll it out into a rectangle and put it in your pan.

Mince a clove of garlic- I used my microplane for it so that I didn’t end up with big chunks of garlic.  Add a big spoonful of earth balance and melt them together.




Brush the dough with the garlic butter…


Sprinkle with a little Daiya and put it in the oven (still on 475 F) and bake till golden brown.  (I forgot to put the timer on, my best guess is that it was around 10-12ish minutes)

Cut it into pieces and serve with your dipping sauce!




I’m sure I’ll not only be vitamin deficient, but also insane by the time all this snow business is behind us.  If you don’t hear from me in a few days, send help, but more importantly send some green juice cause I’m jonesing for one bad!






Snow Day!

No school, classes were cancelled last night so this girl got to sleep in- yipee!

I was craving oatmeal so bad when I got up this morning.  Decided to make my oats taste like starbucks oatmeal this morning. (you know with the brown sugar, mixed nuts, and dried fruit…)

Into the pot… (for me and the hubs)

! cup of rolled oats
1 cup almond milk
1 cup water


handful of chopped dried cranberries and cherries
sprinkle of chopped walnuts and pecans (I pretty much always have these hanging around in my freezer)
sprinkle of brown sugar
sprinkle of ground flax and chia seeds

Better than the bucks!



With a new local coffee roaster that we just started carrying at the store- Katz coffee.

Texas chocolate mudslide… to. die. for.


all together…


Next was a short walk in the winter tundra!  (Hey it’s Texas- this is the winter tundra to us!  Especially since it was in the 70s this weekend and I wore shorts.)

Harley likes the snow, but she has such a thin coat that she starts shivering pretty much immediately.



From the patio…






The road in front of our house (no sanding/salting trucks in our neck of the woods!).




Then to do what a Texan does when they get snowed in… crank the heat up, dream about a scorching TX summer, and make some picnic food!

Leftover black bean burgers on sourdough and potato salad!





Taxes were done, then I started some studying for a test tomorrow that’s postponed because we have ANOTHER snow day tomorrow!  Now there’s nothing left to do but snuggle up with the hubby and watch a movie… wonder if he’ll go for Twilight?

Have a happy snow day!