Time to spice things up, A twist on an old classic soup. If you like Thai flavours of ginger, coconut cream and coriander well this is a simple yet tasty dish to help change-up the everyday pumpkin soup recipe.
Continuing to use up the endless amounts of basil leaves it was sauce making time and the last of the sister in-laws eggplants. I decided to make the family classic eggplant parmigiana.
This is one of those traditional recipe that has been made in our family for generations like most Italian families and now I will share with you. Though the traditional version is a little different in every family and well I have opted to bake my eggplants first instead of frying them for a healthier option.
I had this beautiful whole cauliflower staring at me for a good 10mins hmm what to make with you?? I only had a short time to prepare something before I did the school run so I had to think fast. I had some ideas come to mind vegetable curry, cauliflower rice, even what’s been trending at the moment baked whole cauliflower.
With only minutes to decide I went for a quick cauli crust pizza base. As it was something I could quickly whip up prepare veggies and bake when I got home from the afternoon rush.
It is super fast only takes 15 mins in the oven once topped so perfect for those days when time gets the better of you. My kids turn their nose up at cauliflower so this was an adults meal for us instead I had some bakery prepared pizza bases from our local bakery and they enjoyed topping theirs for themselves.
Yes it’s actually a thing I googled it! Really just meaning mini pizzas with eggplant as the base which can be eaten as a appetiser, snack or with antipasto.
With my influx of basil pesto in the house and the family eggplant delivery I received from my sister-in-law the other day I was eager to use them both. I was making a traditional eggplant parmigiana for dinner and had some eggplant left over so I decided to bake some extra thick cut slices with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of oregano in the oven for 15-20mins until was just cooked through without being mushy.
Topped with some extra tomato passata I’d made, spooned some of the Homemade Basil Pesto from the other day and topped with some shredded cheese. Popped back in the oven for a few minutes until the cheese was melted and we had a delicious pre dinner appetiser. It is a great idea for entertaining, something a little different and suitable for vegetarians. I just called them mini eggplant pizzas but soon discovered there was an actual name for them. You learn something new everyday don’t you. hehe
Ever wondered what the difference is between sweet potatoes and white potatoes? Which you should be eating?
Firstly the carbohydrate content let’s get this straight, sweet potatoes are lower than that of white potatoes but still high in carbohydrates the difference is that sweet potatoes are lower on the GI (glycemic index) which is a slower releasing energy making sweet potatoes are better choice for calorie content as it has more time to burn rather than turn to fat if unused. Unless you are extremely active and burn a lot of calories daily keep an eye on portion size.
In saying that white potatoes and sweet potatoes offer some different nutritional benefits both in which are good for us depending on what your body needs more of. White potatoes are higher in protein and iron where as sweet potatoes have become a superfood lately purely for it’s high fibre and it’s extremely high Vitamin A content which is essential in maintaining an all round healthy body from our eyes, bones, reproduction, immune system and skin.
So which is better for us?
The answer is both are good for us in different ways. The difference is the way we cook/ prepare them and what we add to them after. Deep frying vs baking or boiling. Adding butter, sour cream, fatty bacon vs legumes, chilli, avocado and yoghurt. Keeping this in mind sweet potatoes do often satisfy sugar cravings, especially if they’re baked and caramelized as they contain a higher natural sugar content.
Both fills us up, give us energy, and leave us satisfied for a long time. Making it a perfect winter comfort food.
Hope this has shed a little light on the subject and gives you a better understanding of the ever popular spuds.
Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes with Spicy Black Beans