Friday, April 15, 2011

Health-ified Cheesy Eggplant Parm and Ginger Peach Cake

  • Healthified Cheesy Eggplant Parmesan:

    1. Slice up 2 medium eggplants + 1 large zucchini. Dredge them in a couple egg whites and then seasoned breadcrumbs(or, um, cracker crumbs if you're me)
    2. Bake 'em for ~15 minutes/side at 375F
    3. Combine 1/3c milk + 2tbsp minced garlic + 3 tbsp flour in a saucepan. Bring up to medium heat, whisking constantly (...or cheating with an electric handmixer). Gradually add in another 3/4 cup milk and bring up the heat. Keep whisking, it'll thicken.
    4. Add 1 cup marinara sauce + 1-2 tbsp tomato paste + pinch of salt/pepper + a generous handful of spinach. Combine and mix until it's thick again. (Optional: add a wedge or two of Laughing Cow light cheese).
    5. Alternate layers of creamy tomato sauce, baked veggies, and part-skim mozzarella (I like the smoked kind) in a baking dish. End with mozzarella on top, and sprinkle a couple tablespoons of parmesan on top if you feel inclined.
    6. Bake @ 375F for about 15 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and delicious-looking.

    Serve with salad and whole wheat pasta. Yields 4 hungry teenage boy-size (or 6 normal) servings.

  • Ginger-Peach Upside-Down Cake:
  • 6 tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 3 tbsp apricot or peach jam
  • 3 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 c brown sugar + 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg, a few pods worth of cardamom
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk (or buttermilk -- I used 1 small yogurt drink and the rest skim milk)
  • Half a can of peaches in juice

1. Cream butter and sugar.
2. Add eggs and vanilla
3. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl
4. Alternate adding dry ingredients and milk.
5. Lay peach slices on the bottom of a greased baking dish. Cover with batter.
6. Bake for about 50 minutes at 350F/175C. Let cool for 15 minutes, then invert on a plate. Try not to eat it all at once.

Makes 8 generous servings...or you could give away a couple big slices and then finish the rest between two people like we did.

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