Loving Lunches

 Matchbaker® Romantic Tip: Oven Fried Eggplant

     Inviting your long-time love to your home for lunch is a wonderful way to say, “I miss you, and I just couldn’t wait until tonight to see you.” While it’s not necessarily recommended to do this for an aspiring relationship, who might feel that you’re coming on a little too strongly by inviting them to your home for a cozy lunch on the first date, you could still make him/her do a double-take and prepare this dish in your home, wrap it up and bring it to the workplace, school or sporting event of your love interest.

Oven Fried Eggplant
Serves 4
Nothing says “I care about you” quite like a healthy meal. This dish is prepared in the oven as opposed to soaking up all of the saturated fat from a deep fryer, like mosts restaurants serve it. When it’s prepared as directed, it’s only 122 calories and 3.9 grams of fat per slice! And it only takes a total of 35 min to get it on the table, so that’s why we thought it was the perfect dish to make for a quick, but healthy lunch at home with (or for) the one your heart adores.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  2. 1 tablespoon minced onion
  3. 1 lb unpeeled eggplant (makes about 12 one-half inch slices)
  4. 1/3 cup fine dry breadcrumb
  5. 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  6. 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  7. Vegetable oil cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Wash and slice eggplant evenly, making 1/2″ slices. (Yields approx. 12 slices)
  3. In a bowl, combine mayonnaise & onion. Mix well to make a creamy mixture.
  4. Spread mayonnaise mixture over both sides of eggplant slices.
  5. In a shallow bowl, combine breadcrumbs, cheese and italian seasoning together. Then place eggplant slices in bowl and lightly press down. Flip slice and repeat until both sides are covered.
  6. Place eggplant slices on baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  7. Bake at 425 degrees fahrenheit for 12 min.
  8. Turn eggplant slices over and bake an additional 12 min, or until golden brown.
  9. Serve by itself, or on top of some whole wheat or gluten-free pasta. Include some grilled asparagus, and top with marinara, if you choose.
Adapted from Food.com
Adapted from Food.com
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 Matchbaker® Romantic Tip: Head Over Heels Soup

      Send your partner to the spa, or to their favorite department store, and surprise them with this special and cozy lunch when they return.  If you're not able to get them to successfully leave the kitchen so you can surprise them, then plan to make this meal together.  Making food in the kitchen, side by side, is a wonderful bonding experience.

Head Over Heels Soup
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 2 litres stock(vegetable or chicken)
  2. 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  3. 1 jar tomato puree(310 g)
  4. fresh basil, chopped
  5. sea salt, freshly grounded
  6. black pepper, freshly grounded
For The Skewer Sandwiches
  1. 1 1/2 cups milk
  2. 1 1/2 sifted, plain flour
  3. 2 1/2 tbsp melted butter
  4. 1 medium egg
  5. 1/2 cup edam cheese, medium grated
  6. fresh basil, chopped
For The Soup
  1. In a large pot bring either vegetable or chicken stock to boil.
  2. Add chopped tomatoes and pureed tomatoes, then season well with basil, salt and pepper.
  3. (Optional) Add cooked, chopped carrots.
For Melted Cheese And Basil Sandwiches
  1. In medium mixing bowl, add sifted flour and add small quantities of milk at a time. Still whisk.
  2. Now, add egg and melted butter to the mixture. Whisk until lumps are gone.
  3. Heat frying pan on high heat until pan is very hot. Then, turn down heat to medium and immediately add batter to the pan until you see small bubbles on the surface. (Only takes ~ 30 sec.) Then, flip and cook other side. Remove from pan and place on plate. (Repeat until batter is gone.)
  4. In a medium bowl, grate cheese and mix with freshly chopped and aromatic basil.
  5. Spread cheese and basil mixture onto each pancake after they have cooled. And then, roll the pancake carefully.
  6. Cut small slices all the way down the rolled pancake, and then slide each square sandwich onto skewers.
  7. Lay skewer over a bowl of freshly made, hot soup, and present your very special and loving lunch with pride.
Adapted from BeasCookbook.com
Adapted from BeasCookbook.com
Matchbaker® http://thematchbaker.com/

 

 

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