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I have a new favorite food combo:  roasted eggplant and Ranch dressing.


There’s something about the two that blend together so perfectly.  Plus, I’m always a fan of simply using salad dressings as sauces.  Way easier than making a sauce from scratch and way cheaper than buying bottled sauces.  We have a sauce fiend in the house (the Husband); anytime I can convince him to use balsamic or Italian dressing in lieu of a $6 specialty sauce is a good meal, indeed.  He doesn’t like Ranch so I get it all to myself!


To make the eggplant:


Wash and slice

Lay on greased glass casserole dish.

Salt generously.

Drizzle in oil olive.

Bake at 415 for 30 minutes; broil for two minutes to finish it off.


No need to let the salt sit… I’ve found this method keeps the eggplant from turning bitter just fine.


With brown rice, cast iron tofu, and spinach.


I hope everyone had a nice day!  I had a bit of a disappointment this morning because Henry and I were supposed to go to a breastfeeding moms meeting at our hospital, but I got the time wrong, and we missed the meet-up.  Ugh… don’t you hate it when that happens?  I had been looking forward to it all week long.  Maybe next time!  We made up for it with a sponge bath (Henry likes his hair washed) and several episodes of Mad Men.  And now we’re going to go on another walk because it’s cooling down.  Not a bad consolation prize, if you ask me.


Thought of the Day:


“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer



  • Jordan @ Bake Write Sleep July 5, 2012, 7:39 pm

    Mmmm, that looks yummy! I love eggplant. No one else (ahem, the ONE person) in my house does, though.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 5, 2012, 8:48 pm

    ah I’m sorry you missed your meeting! But I’m sure Henry didn’t mind either way!

  • Julia H. @ Going Gulia July 5, 2012, 10:31 pm

    Love the Thought of the Day quote. I’m lucky enough to have been raised by parents who always emphasized that I should go after something I’m truly passionate about, and I totally agree–I always do a WAY better job at things I love!

  • Heather (cakeandgreenbeans) July 5, 2012, 10:49 pm

    Breastfeeding on the couch & Mad Men are a match made in heaven. I am loving your mommy posts! I have a 7 week old boy (Parker) and can relate to it all!

  • Malaya July 5, 2012, 11:02 pm

    You have such fabulous recipes! Looks absolutely delicious and healthy to boot! Sorry you missed your meeting, I hate when I do that too! Next time, it’s all yours!

    PS. Got your book in the mail today & I’m anxiously awaiting quiet time so I can go read my heart out! (:

  • Liz July 6, 2012, 12:14 am

    LOVE the quote of the day! I’m trying hard to work on that concept myself 😉

  • Jaclyn @ JustJac! July 6, 2012, 1:26 am

    Omg Caitlin, seriously that dinner looks so.so.soooooo. good. Will you make it for me? It has all things I like in it! Loooooove roasted eggplant but have never cooked it in those time/settings- will have to give it a try!

    Yeah, totally ‘ugh hate when that happens’- know what you mean! But. there will always be next week, right?


  • Brandi@StringCheeseRunner July 6, 2012, 1:56 am

    I LOOOOVE eggplant. I always get Eggplant parmesan pasta or something like that when I go to a restaurant. I need to learn how to make it at home, I’m sure it isn’t hard.

  • Amanda July 6, 2012, 6:26 am

    I could not get into Mad Men, the first episode just didn’t draw me in at all. In Claire’s first six months of life I did finish the entirety of Lost and all of Desperate Housewives that was on netflix 🙂

    • Alex @ Brain, Body, Because July 6, 2012, 10:01 am

      I thought I was the only one who couldn’t get into Mad Men. I liked the aesthetic, but thought the plots and characters were so boring.

      • Amber K July 6, 2012, 2:26 pm

        I tried (and even forced myself through a few seasons on Netflix), but it’s just.so.freaking.slow.

  • Alex @ Brain, Body, Because July 6, 2012, 10:00 am

    I love using salad dressing as a sauce! I like to mix non-creamy dressings (like an Italian or balsamic) with a little Greek yogurt for creaminess and extra protein.

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy July 6, 2012, 2:43 pm

    I think ranch goes on everything 😉

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 7, 2012, 10:45 pm

    I love ranch on things like oven baked zucchini! 🙂

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