Loved/Hated Dinner

I wanted to do something adventurous for dinner tonight — so I decided to make these stuffed eggplant rolls.    

Now, this may not sound adventurous to you,but trust me, this is a very out of the ordinary dish for me.    

Remember those meals your parents would cook when you were a kid that you absolutely hated?  You know, THOSE meals where you were forced to sit at the table until you cleared you plate?  Well, eggplant was one of those foods I just hated as a kid.  (In addition to kidney beans and fish)     

I think the last time my mom had me eat eggplant I was about 7 years old.  I can vividly remember my hatred for the weird mushy yet spongy texture.     

Anyway, back to the cookin.  I followed shape’s recipe except I used some leftover classico sauce instead of their sauce and I didn’t have any pine nuts on hand, so those were omitted.  I seasoned it up with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and oregano and served it up with a side of green beans.    

eggplant rolls

  

There were good parts and bad parts to this dinner.     

The good:    

  • the ricotta <3 <3 <3
  • the spinach
  • the sauce
  • the seasonings
  • the green beans
  • the ice cold glass of water I drank while eating dinner
  • the fact that my entire dinner was under 200 calories

     

The bad:    

  • the eggplant. 🙁

     

So sad!  I was hoping my palate had matured enough since the ripe age of 7 that I would enjoy eggplant.  Wrong.  One of the eggplant rolls was sliced thinner than the others, and I found that particular roll to be quite tasty.  If I closed my eyes, I could almost trick myself into thinking I was eating a lasagna noodle 😉    

After dinner, I tried to make some healthy carrot cookies, and they were a big flat flop.    

Sooooo I decided to make myself a nice shake for my late night snack 😀    

Into the blender went:    

  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup almond breeze unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tbsp chocolate pb2
  • 1/4 of a serving IntraPro Double Chocolate Pure Whey Protein (leftover from my first ever protein shake)
 

    

  

  

   

protein pb2 shake

  

    

 Delish!    

Stats on the shake:  76 calories, 5g carbs, 3g fat, 9g protein, 2g fiber    

      

Here’s hoping tomorrow brings me better success in the kitchen 🙂   

  

 

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