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>eggplant lasagna + playlist



I was looking through my past blog posts, and the blog post that received the most visits was the one I posted a recipe along with a playlist. Moving forward, I’m going to try to post my baking/cooking playlist that I listen to whenever I’m making something special in the kitchen!

I wanted to try to keep it as healthy as possible.  Plus, this recipe calls for only 6 ingredients!  So, click play on the playlist at the bottom, and enjoy the recipe below.  Keep in mind, 1.)  When I’m baking/cooking, I need all types of music to keep me entertained and 2.) I altered the recipe to meet my taste preferences (you can also do the same):

Eggplant Parmesan
1 large eggplant, sliced thinly (about 1/4″)
2 cups of broccoli (The recipe calls for mushrooms, so you can use them also)
1 cup diced onions
1 cup ricotta cheese (The recipe calls for cottage cheese, but what’s lasagna without ricotta?)
1 bag (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella (I used skim) 
1 jar of spaghetti sauce

    • 1.  Using a 9×13 pan, add a thin layer of sauce to the bottom of the pan.

    2.  Add first layer of eggplant. (

    As you layer all the veggies add any desired spices such as salt and pepper.  I added S&P, red pepper, and basil).

  • 3.  Add first layer of eggplant.  Then, m

    ix diced onions and ricotta cheese together and spread over eggplant. 

  • 4.  Add another layer of sauce, a layer of shredded cheese, and then the second layer of eggplant.

  • 5.  Add a layer of broccoli, cover with a layer of sauce and a layer of shredded cheese.

  • 6.  Add final layer of eggplant, and cover with remaining cheese.

  • 7.  Cover tightly with foil and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes to brown top.

I let it sit for about 5-8 minutes before cutting it.  I’m always nervous about making vegetarian dishes for dinner because Bret ALWAYS wants to have some kind of protein/meat.  However, Bret loved this dish and wanted seconds (YAY!), but I gave him a salad instead (with the promise of making something for dessert… which I didn’t make).

It really was a yummy dinner, and I highly recommend making the recipe! 🙂


>There is more to life than increasing its speed.



First. Play this:

Thank You For Nothing by Elizabeth & The Catapult

Beautiful song…  Sad… But beautiful…

So I’ve been trying to “slow things down” a bit and go back to having fun again.  Bret and I had our first round of Thanksgiving this weeked at his parents’ house.  We were able to see Bret’s little nephew (yay!) who we don’t get to see often since Bret’s brother doesn’t live in Pittsburgh.

After eating our Thanksgiving feast last night, Bret and I went and played in our first round of Turkey Bowls this year.  Our team came in second place, unfortunately, but it was a lot of fun and crazy gorgeous outside.

I was sitting here on the couch after the Steelers game (GO STEELERS) and tried to take a picture of the sunset  outside.  Anytime the sky is pink/red, Bret and I chime in together:  “Red at night, sailor’s delight!”  Since my phone is so old/stupid/crappy, the above picture was the best I could take.

Regardless, tomorrow is going to be a wonderful day.

The sunset inspired me to put together a “laying on the couch” playlist.  I wanted to collect a few new and old chill songs that you can listen to while you relax tonight and/or tomorrow.  Once Thanksgiving is over, I will be updating this blog like a champ with all kinds of new Christmas songs.

Until then, get in your PJs, and relax.  Think. 


Some of the new ones that I will be listening to… a lot:
– Adele “Someone Like You”
– Gorillaz “Crystalised” (this song isn’t new, but this cover is)
– Darren Hanlon “All These Things” (LOVE this…)
– Matthew and the Atlas “I Will Remain” (Sounds a little like Ray LaMontagne.. With a bit of Amos Lee <3)
– Stornoway “Zorbing”
– Johnny Flynn “Lost and Found” (This isn’t the actual video… but I love this song and couldn’t find an MP3 to stream.