grilled eggplant melts

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i am all about an easy dinner, as stated before, and especially on a monday. i found this recipe while flipping through Real Simple and stashed it into some forgotten drawer that never gets any love, until yesterday. i came across it and the rest is history, that was dinner. and man, i’m kinda mad it lived in that drawer for so long.

grilled eggplant melts (serves 2)

  • 2 large slices of bread sliced 1 inch thick, sourdough or a hearty crusty bread works best
  • 1 medium eggplant, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled
  • 6 ounces of fresh mozzarella, cut into 6 slices
  • 1 large ripe tomato, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • salt + pepper

here’s how:

heat your grill to medium & make sure to clean the grate. don’t have a grill? the following can all be done on your stove using a grill pan!

brush slices of eggplant and bread with olive oil on both sides and then salt + pepper them. throw the bread and eggplant on grill. grill eggplant 6-8 minutes turning occasionally until tender. grill bread 1-2 minutes per side until golden and crisp. rub garlic onto one side of crisp bread and then add 3 slices of fresh mozzarella to each piece. heat the cheese until melted making sure your bread isn’t burning!

take inside and put slices of bread on plate. top with sliced eggplant, tomatoes and basil. drizzle your olive oil then one last sprinkle of salt + pepper.

boom! dinner in under 25 minutes.

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grilled eggplant melts

summer pasta salad

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summer pasta salad (serves 4-6, generously)

  • 1 box of your favorite type of pasta, cooked and drained
  • block cheddar cheese (or whatever you prefer), chopped in cubes*
  • block of salami, chopped in cubes*
  • mix of veggies, chopped (i used bell peppers, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli)
  • 1 shallot (this worked great! i typically use red onion but whole foods was out that day, so shallot it was), chopped
  • 1 bottle of your favorite italian dressing

*For the salami and cheese I picked it up from the deli at my local grocer. Just ask for a three inch chunk of each!

here’s how:

throw everything in a bowl and add italian dressing. start with half the bottle then add as needed. mix it up and enjoy! served below alongside turkey burgers with a yogurt sauce and watermelon. perfect for a cool summers night or lunches throughout the week!

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summer pasta salad