Ah, Breakfast...Sometimes the simplest dish can be so satisfying. I don't tend to be much of a cereal person because I don't find the boxed stuff to be filling, and there's always about a bazillion ingredients, but man, oh man did this hit the spot! A bowl of granola topped with almond milk, some chia Seeds and some dried fruit. :)
After my very first Recess Duty at Kai's school I returned home for lunch. I made myself a delicious salad of Spinach, nutritional yeast, flax seed, TVP, mango, red pepper, blueberries, cucumber, pecans and balsamic vinaigrette.
On to the main event: Crockpot Eggplant Lasagna
I decided to make an eggplant lasagna in the morning and decided to experiment with the crockpot since that would mean I didn't have to do anything in the evening. The results were tasty but not very pretty. You win some you lose some. :)
I started with my eggplant:
Peeled (not necessary but makes it MUCH easier to eat)
Sliced into disks and salted to pull some of the bitterness out. I just let it sit with the salt while I prepped the rest of the food.
Sliced tomatoes, chopped onion, minced garlic, olive oil, sliced mushrooms and ricotta cheese.
Into the crockpot on low went a double layer of tomatoes, some onion, some garlic and a drizzle of olive oil (I was basically making a tomato sauce without ACTUALLY making a tomato sauce).
Then I rinsed the salt & juices off the eggplants and layered them on top of the tomatoes, smeared on some ricotta cheese and a layer of mushrooms...
And then kept layering the tomatoes/onions/garlic/eggplant/cheese/mushrooms/tomatoes/onions/etc....
Once all that was layered I added a can of drained diced tomatoes.
And forced the lid on!
8 hours later it looked pretty much the same, if not a little shorter.
And then I scooped it onto my plate. YIKES!! That's an ugly mess. The ricotta cheese took on a tan color that was straight up unappealing...
But a layer of nutritional yeast and some parmesan cheese covered the ugly right up.
And in the end it was a delicious dish! Even Kai ate hers on top of some macaroni. :)