Ready to try something a little different? Well, there’s certainly more than one way to cook this vegetable.
Recipe of the Week: Eggplant Mexicana
1 med. eggplant, peeled & cubed (1 lb.’s worth)
2 c. chopped fresh tomatoes
1/4 c. chopped onion
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 tbs. snipped parsley (or cilantro)
Directions: In large nonstick skillet, combine all but the parsley/cilantro. Simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes or until eggplant is tender, stirring a couple of times. Sprinkle with parsley/cilantro before serving.
Option: If you aren’t watching your salt intake, you can substitute canned Mexican diced tomatoes with chilis and substitute ground cumin for chili powder – or not, if you like it really spicy.
Thought of the Week: Appearance – Every single day of every single week of every month, we are assaulted via the internet, magazines, and television with apparent perfection of appearance – ideal hair, face, body, fashion, etc., etc., etc. – until I’m ready to gag…The hairstyle of Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas has bothered some stupid people. Geez! A sixteen-year-old American girl has won GOLD, for heaven’s sake! What the heck did her hair have to do with that? And yesterday, there was this article, bullied-14-year-old-girl , about a girl who had reconstructive surgery on her ears, nose, and chin because of bullying. The surgeon performed $40K of work for free because of her “deformities.” How dare he say that! Gawkiness is part of adolescence; very few children do not go through that stage. A cleft palate is a deformity…Unfortunately, until society becomes blind to appearance, these prejudicial issues will continue. And, bullies don’t slither far from their tree roots.
(Remember this “Twilight Zone” episode?)