Ambitious in the Kitchen

I was a little ambitious in the kitchen this weekend.  I didn’t try anything too crazy, but I did a good bit of cooking.  Luckily some friends invited Kevin and I out to dinner Friday night.  It’s so nice to be waited on for a change!

Sadly, those chose On the Border, which is the most pitiful excuse for Mexican food I’ve ever seen.  My chicken fajitas were tasty, but the chicken wasn’t… well… chicken.  It was a wonderfully marinated yet totally fabricated and processed piece of tasty rubber.  You know how on lots of grocery store packaged chicken it says, “contains 10% solution.”  (not exactly sure of the number)  On the Border’s chicken is more like, “solution containing 10% chemically separated chicken mixture.”  I digress…

border

I whipped up some eggplant Parmesan rollatini for dinner Saturday, and it was fantastic.  I’ve made it once before, and this recipe‘s is obviously a keeper.  My recommendations are to let your sliced eggplants sweat a bit prior to roasting, don’t put hardly any oil on the eggplant while roasting, and use fat-free ricotta but full-fat mozzarella and parm.

eggplant baked dinner

Sunday was food-prep day.  As you can see, I was a bit overambitious…  Pair all this with baking chicken in the oven that I’ll use to top my lunch salads all well.

kitchen

In the slow cooker was this vegetable and garbanzo curry recipe for Kevin’s lunch, along with rice on the stove.  In the food processor were my variation of these spiced red lentil chickpea cakes.

lentil

Thank goodness the afternoon allowed for a bit of R&R.  It rained all day, and I figured that called for some light reading, kitty snuggles, and a big ol’ chocolate muffin from the health food store.  (Note:  That does not make it a healthy muffin… womp womp.)

cleo

  • How was your weekend?
  • Did you try any new recipes?  If so, link up in the comments!

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22 Responses to Ambitious in the Kitchen

  1. Nichole says:

    You are super adventurous! And the eggplant parm looks fab.

    On the Border, haven’t been in ages, thank you for reminding me why.

    Sounds like a perfect way to end the weekend, with some serious r&r.

    Hope you have an awesome week!

  2. Looks like you did some delicious damage in the kitchen! I tried a new Red Coconut curry this weekend: http://frecklednettles.weebly.com/dinner.html. Nothing too fancy, but it’s the best a college girl can do. Hope you enjoy it!

  3. haha, I used to eat at On The Border all the time in high school…oh such great memories :)
    Love your ambitiousness in the kitchen. Everything looks yummmmy. I seriously love eggplant, but don’t use it enough in my kitchen. That needs to change (it seems to mess up my stomach sometimes, so I’m weary of it)

  4. I hate when I go out to eat and I’m not happy with a meal. such a bummer! looks like you definitely made up for it in the kitchen, though!

  5. MIzFit says:

    no new recipes.
    no excitement.
    MUST FIND EXCITEMENT THIS WEEK ;-)

  6. Ugh, I hate getting that fake tasting chicken at restaurants – so gross!

    Everything you made this weekend looks awesome though. I’m definitely pinning a few of those recipes! I didn’t cook much this weekend because I went to a huge 7 course dinner on Friday night and so my appetite was off for the rest of the weekend. :P

  7. Wow good for you! It all looks soo good! And I agree- fake chicken at restaurants is the worst. Happy Monday :)

  8. It creeps me out all the crap they add to our food. And we wonder why everyone gets cancer… but I’ll not get on the soap box this early in the week. ;)

    I LOVE rollatini! I made a vegan version with tofu ricotta after returning from Italy. Thanks to this, that will be happening again soon!!

  9. Kelli H says:

    That Mexican food place sounds nasty! I once went to a terrible Mexican restaurant in Reno, NV and I’m wondering if it was that one. I wonder if that’s a can.

    I made one ingredient banana ice cream which was deeeeeeeeeeelicious!

  10. Wow…I used to work at OTB back in the day and I used to LOVE their salsa and Portobella fajitas – yum!

    It’s been raining for days here…yikes!

    xoxo from Trinidad

  11. Mmmm rubber. Sounds delicious.

    I spent a good chunk of my weekend in the kitchen as well. I had my parents over for dinner on Sunday night, so I spent the majority of the day whipping up a lasagna that I kind of make up from scratch. Thankfully it turned out :)

  12. I would love to try making that eggplant rollatini into a vegan version using tofu ricotta “cheese.” I bet they would be amazing!

  13. What funny is that I tell people I like to cook, but in actuality, I just like to EAT! ahhh ha ha ah!!! I throw stuff in the broiler, it comes out cooked and I eat it :) It’s typically pretty darn delish though!

  14. YUM! I had the pleasure of being at Lauren’s house when she made those spiced chickpea cakes and they were SO good. :) I hope you enjoyed her recipe! And yeah, sometimes restaurant food is not nearly as good as making it on your own!

  15. On The Border blows! I’d much rather go to a real hole in the way place for Mexican food.

  16. The weather finally improved around here this weekend–thank goodness! So, while I didn’t try too many new recipes, we were able to fire up the grill. I love pretty much anything off the grill. :)

  17. Everything you made sounds so delicious…especially the eggplant!! I will definitely have to try!

  18. Oh WOW! You WERE super ambitious over the (last) weekend! Hmm, got a spare bedroom? I can pay rent in pancakes! ;)

    PS, totally bookmarking that eggplant recipe! Looks amazing!!

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