eggplant “lasagna”

i’ve been super excited to try this out. i found numerous recipes online but in the end i just made it own.

ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground meat — you can choose whatever animal you want. i used ground beef for this one.
  • olive oil
  • 1 large eggplant
  • onion
  • garlic
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • salt
  • pepper
  • whatever spices you want to use to spice up your meat sauce

directions:

  1. preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. cut the eggplant in very thin and long pieces
  3. grease a baking pan and lay out eggplant slices so they are not overlapping
  4. put in the oven for 20 mins
  5. while that’s baking, heat up some olive oil in a pan
  6. add onions and garlic. at this point, it will smell delicious!
  7. add the ground meat and cook through
  8. add seasoning, diced tomatoes and tomato paste
  9. mix and simmer until it’s at the desired consistency
  10. when eggplant is done, layer the bottom of a casserole dish/pyrex baking dish with the eggplant slices
  11. layer on the meat sauce then more eggplant then more meat sauce. repeat process until you’re out of stuff
  12. put it back into the oven for another 30 mins
  13. devour it! soooo yummy!

The picture below probably won’t look as appetizing as it is.  we don’t have sharp knives so i’m embarrassed to show you our eggplant slices! haha

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lunch is served

i felt like i was on Chopped/Iron Chef this morning in the kitchen since i had very little time to make breakfast AND lunch.  Tom calls me “Mini Moto” sometimes. haha  anyway,  i didn’t plan my lunch very well for today but i know i didn’t want to buy anything so i used what i had to make this delicious creation:

lunch

this has two hamburger patties with overeasy eggs on top…on the side i have roasted brussel sprouts! YUM! hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much as i did. oh and in case you were wondering what i cooked for breakfast, i made the usual — baked bacon and eggs.

pumpkin granola

it’s pumpkin season!!! so i like granola and i like pumpkins so when i saw this on PaleOMG and i HAD to try it. of course i made some tweaks to it. hopefully y’all will enjoy it as much as we did! it’s a perfect snack OR you can add coconut or almond milk to eat it like cereal. OM NOM! ….you also get the added bonus of filling your home with a holiday pumpkin scent…until the smelly puppy starts farting. :/

ingredients:

  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup flax seed
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 8-10 dried dates, pits removed, then chopped
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar (i’ve read in some places this isn’t paleo but i still think it is. you can use maple syrup or honey instead if you don’t believe in agave.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch of salt

directions:

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. in a large mixing bowl, mix the wet ingredients (pumpkin puree, coconut oil, agave nectar, and vanilla extract) and all spices.
  3. add the nuts, seeds, and dates.
  4. place parchment paper on a large baking sheet and pour your granola mixture on top. make sure to spread out the mixture evenly so everything will cook evenly.
  5. place in oven and cook for 30-40 minutes, moving the granola around half way through to be sure it doesn’t burn.
  6. add the dried cranberries and mix.
  7. LET COOL so it will harden up — i HATE waiting so this was the hardest part!
  8. eat all by itself or top it off with coconut milk, almond milk, or even dairy milk (if you do that).
  9. enjoy the crap out of this pumpkin goodness.

breaking the mental barrier by josh bridges

we often say that we are our worst critic and because of that, we inadvertently discourage ourselves from being great. we let our minds take control of what our body can handle. josh bridges took the 2nd place spot during the 2011 CrossFit games with his persistence to greatness by breaking through all mental barriers — which he outlines in this article. read and learn so you too can be great!

breaking the mental barrier by josh bridges

“your body can handle more than your mind thinks it can. don’t let that little boss in your head beat you; go out there and show it that you are the boss!”

-josh bridges, 2011 CrossFit Games, 2nd place