Yesterday was one of those days when I had already decided what I was going to cook for dinner before 3pm, so I spent the last couple of hours at work dreaming of it!
I had an aubergine in my fridge that I bought a week ago, so it was starting to look a little sad. I turned it into Aubergine/Eggplant Parm. I'm sure I've made/blogged about this before, but anyway. I looked up a couple of recipes to get the general gist of how it's done and then went my own way, like I normally do.
I didn't have any dried breadcrumbs and I was too lazy to make any (and to clean the food processor) so I used cornmeal instead. I dipped the slices of aubergine in flour, shook it off then dipped in almond milk then seasoned cornmeal. Then they are fried til they get a little brown and crispy.
To assemble you just lay them on top of a bit of tomato (marianara if you're in the US) sauce; I used a jar of Dolmio, as I didn't fancy spending ages making my own.
Then it gets more sauce and a crap tonne of cheese. I used tesco cheddar style and some cheezly parmesan.
Then it got baked at 180C/350F until this gooey saucy little minx came out the oven!
I was googling things to serve with it and some people were saying pasta, which I thought would be way too much. Others said green salad, which I'm not a massive fan of. So I made a bean salad with blanched green beans, black eyed beans, tomatoes, red peppers, cucumber, sweetcorn and sun-dried tomatoes. The dressing was easy, just some of the oil from the sun dried tomatoes, cider vinegar and salt & pepper. Simple and tasty.
I also made some cheater garlic bread (a ciabatta roll, split down the middle and spread thickly with vitalite, then sprinkled with nooch and garlic powder and wrapped in foil, then baked along with the aubergine for the last 10 minutes).
This meal was great, I really enjoyed it and I'll be making it again soon! But I couldn't eat it all, it was super filling!