Thursday, October 30, 2014

Stuffed Eggplant Canoe

Stuffed what?!

Yes you read correctly Stuffed Eggplant Canoe.

Thursday's Treat!

Last night after work I was exhausted and had a lot to do. I had emails to read, pictures to edit, company coming over and didn't want to invest a lot of time in the kitchen. I remembered I had bought two lovely Eggplants on Saturday after my visit with grandma and the Salon. I only grab them when on sale and the size is right. I don't want to waste time or money if I won't use the whole veggie.

I was wondering how to use them this time and googled some ideas found one I liked and tweaked it to my likes, here it is.

-2 medium eggplants
-olive oil
-2 small tomatoes
-2 garlic cloves
-shredded / grated cheese
-Parmesan cheese (optional)
-salt (optional)

So you recall I used the word canoe in my title right? Well that is because what you are going to do is scoop the inside of the eggplant out not to deep but just enough to form a canoe shape and set the insides aside for stuffing!!!

Heat a large skillet on medium with 2 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil when hot add 2 cloves of garlic minced when that cooks down a bit add the eggplant pieces. Cook for about 5/7 minutes then add 2 small tomatoes chopped into small cubes. I had 1 small tomato and 1 can of diced so I used that instead. I used 1 handful of red peppers diced in small pieces and 1 handful of orange just for variety you can use plan ole green ones and 1 tablespoon of parsley.
I tossed to spread everything evenly and cooked that for another 10 minutes.

While that cooked in a bowl I added 3 cups of breadcrumbs you can use plain or seasoned. I used the Italian seasoned one and added 1 cup Parmesan cheese. I love cheese! I mixed that and removed skillet from heat and dropped the eggplant stuffing in the bowl. I mixed it all up till even coated.

I used a large serving spoon to scoop stuffing onto the eggplant canoes, I made 4 so I made sure every canoe was evenly filled. I sprinkled more cheese on top, this time a 6 cheese Italian blend.
I placed them on a baking tray and baked for 30 minutes. Making sure cheese was semi melted and eggplant canoe tender enough to eat.

Wow what an amazing blend of flavors! My daughter took hers to school today and texted me to say how yummy it was another two thumbs up from my picky eater yippy!
I didn't make a side because the "stuffing" had peppers, tomatoes, cheeses and breadcrumbs I thought that was enough.


Always stress free xo.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Reality of Equality

It's like every time I turn around I hear about yet another way we as women are getting short end of the stick.

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-if we marry too young it's an issue, too late same thing
-if we have our babies at a young age it's a life changer, if we wait too long it might not even be possible
-men don't prefer older women, it's like after certain number our use has expired
-women are more tolerant of their loved ones gaining a few pounds or loosing some hair but ladies...tell me does the same apply to us?
-if we chose career over family we are frowned upon and vice verse same thing
-if we are assertive we are Bitches but your man does the same and he's a go getter
-the way you dress dictates how you will and can be treated...Really?!

I can add a few more things to this list but I will leave it here and touch on this link I came across a few weeks ago.
It is work force related and as usual it's a MAN discussing what WOMEN could, should or shouldn't do.
Then once the crap has spilled from their mouths, they want to try and backtrack, re tweak the words and or apologize.
This one is in regards to Women and Pay Raise.

Ladies, let's continue to raise strong young women and respectful young men so articles such as these can become less and less of the norm.
Let's associate positive words with independence and strength in our fellow females.

Here's the link tell me what you think?
Dad's you can join in the convo too, l have tons of love for you!
It isn't about believing everything we read, its about knowledge.
Staying informed and up to date so we have the power to make wiser choices.

Comments rooted in ignorance must be addressed and stopped.
Support all the women you know in their life choices, in the paths they choose to achieve their happiness.

Always stress free xo.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Who needs a Cut Off Switch?

Good Morning, happy Sunday!

This is one of those topics I touch only because I am such a firm believer in communication, here we go...
-why is your child ignoring you in the first place?
-what is missing in your relationship that they would disrespect you that way?
-what message does that convey?
-did you not set house rules when you first handed it over?
-did your child not understand it was a privilege not a right to have one in the first place?

Enough of the suspense I am referring to a Cellphone.

I believe most kids by the age of 12 have one mine had a basic one at 9.

With all the after school activities, different schedules, family units has become a must have item for most of us.
But are we setting the proper rules and expectations before we cross this threshold?
Are we prepared for all that it brings and can we handle sticking to our guns without it causing major headaches?

As I commented above my daughter had a basic flip phone with text at the age of 9. No extra bells and whistles and not a major brand. It was a necessity, it was a means to communicate because she was riding the bus alone and in after school programs.
Rules were keep in book bag at all times, on vibrate and use to call only your parents or 911.
She could text and call but only when home with us.

As she got older the rules were adjusted, the phone and it's uses were upgraded.
We rarely had issues and I don't recall ever having to take it away. In H.S. I had to go to school twice because teachers took her phone away and odd enough she was texting me both times.

I always stress how blessed I have been to not have any trust issues with my daughter, never. When she says she is doing something or going somewhere that is what it is. I imagine the years of hearing me say how sorry she would be if she violated my trust and believing I meant and mean it were enough of a test.

So on the subject of Cellphone and its uses, same rules apply. Sexting, not answering my calls, ignoring my texts, inappropriate videos, unapproved downloads etc...have been non factors.
She has always been aware I can check up on her at any moment, I have chosen not to because I am not going to waste my time and she hasn't ever given me reason to. NOW, if ever I felt otherwise then that would be a different story.

I say all this to say that building trust is a priority with our children just like feeding them, potty training, reading and writing. It is a must requirement in order to have peace and order in your home and family.

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This piece I saw on Good Morning America shed light on the question "where did things go wrong?"
It's about a mother who invented an app that cuts off your kids phone if they are ignoring your calls. What? Seriously?
Who would have thought?

Don't you think that if you have to begin to come up with these sort of things to somehow control your children that somewhere there is a hole in your connection? So much of today's energy is being invested into gadgets and apps to do the parenting for us and that is the biggest fail.
An app doesn't know your child, an app doesn't live in your house. Communication and Discipline that should be your tool. Actions have Consequences, that should be your go to.

Here's the link tell me what you think?

Would you use this? Would you come up with something else or do you feel investing the time earlier on respect and trust will bring you great rewards later? Let's start a conversation.

Always stress free xo.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mulos de Pollo al Horno con Arroz Blanco / Baked Chicken Thighs w/ White Rice

Hey loves, happy Thursday.
Finally got myself in the kitchen today where I can actually share a post on my dish. I've been keeping things really quick and easy. Lots of salads with greens, a few Sushi nights and some wraps.

Thursday's treat!!!

I am making a baked dish my mom use to make that was juicy and filling. It was not as quick as I norm like to stick to, it's about an hour or so total but well worth the effort.

Ingredients :
-chicken thighs, skin off
-1 1/2 cup of rice
-black pepper
-sazon Goya con azafran (gives reddish coloring)
-Goya Adobo (with or without pepper)
-olive oil

I think we all may know how to make our rice but for those who want to try my way. I use half a cup more of water to whatever measure for example today I am making just enough rice for 2 plus a little left over so I used 1 1/2 cups of rice and 2 cups of water. No one wants soupy rice or too dry a rice this measure insures perfect moisture every time.
Clean our rice, put water to boil, add salt to taste and a spoonful (I use big serving spoon) of olive oil.
Bring to boil add rice, when water is almost wasted lower flame, cover (I use aluminum foil on cover to seal moisture) and cook for 20 minutes, turn cook another 10 minutes and done.

My thighs! I removed the fat and washed off with a little of lemon juice in water. I rinsed and seasoned.
I didn't use specific measure this time because my mom doesn't ever measure so I used my taste buds to dictate amount of oregano, black pepper, adobo and sazon to use. My palate requested one whole packet of the red stuff lol.
I let it marinate for about 2 hours, I was home today so that was doable.

I turned on toaster oven, didn't want to bother with big oven and let it warm up some.
On the toaster try I put down a piece of aluminum foil to grab the access juice and easier clean up, place the 4 pieces of thighs evenly spaced, drizzled a little olive oil about cap full, placed in toaster oven and closed door.
Set it for an hour, checked in it twice, never turned.

These are the pic shares, turned out nice and juicy, a little crispy in some places, and cooked through and through!!! Yummy. Served with a salad on the side.
Hope your Thursday has been as peaceful as mine

Always stress free xo.