Sunday, June 17, 2012

Making E the A to Z: Eggplant wagon

After many years of trying I finally got both kids eating eggs, but only if they are hard boiled. And then E only eats the yolk, and H only eats the white.
H eats the white mostly. 

E eats the yolk only. 
They also usually both another "e" food called edamame, which is basically Japanese for steamed soy beans in a little salt.
E loves shelled edamame right now
The "e" foods are pretty much covered just with those. BUT!!! I have been wanting to try eggplant on them for a while because it is one of my favorites. In a search for a simple recipe for diced eggplant, I came across  a recipe for this: 

Eggplant Wagon

Basically, you cut off about a quarter of the eggplant when it is laying on its side, scoop out and dice up flesh.
Cut four 1/2-inch slices off a zucchini for the wheels. use toothpicks to attach. I also attached the top of the zucchini to the 'front' of the wagon. Dice up the zucchini, 1/2 bell pepper, 1/2 onion, and saute in 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil until soft, about 10 minutes. Add 1/2 can tomato sauce, a tablespoon of Italian seasoning, and 1/8 tsp garlic powder. Stir and heat through. Spoon some into the hollowed out eggplant. 

The filling is quite good, especially with a little Parmesan sprinkled on top. H wanted to play with the wagon but not eat it. E thought it was cool and wanted to know if I'd do the same thing with a squash for Thanksgiving. She did try the filling, and while there was no puckering or gagging, she didn't go "more, please".  Looks like I'll still be the only one chomping on eggplant for a while longer! 

NOTE: this recipe was adapted from one found on the Country Crock website, where you can get a free veggie cookbook. 


Minnie(@thelady8home) said...

Wow!!! The wagon looks so cute. Really very creative. Sorry your plan didn't help with your objective but I did enjoy reading and going through the photographs a lot. :D

Janine White said...

Thanks! I am just glad she tried it.

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