Week 3 of the Food Network’s Healthy Eats Brown-Bag Challenge, and I ran into my first, second and third obstacles. Pretty good odds, right?
I set my self up well, or so I thought, for the week last Sunday. I made Tomato and Basil Risotto, as well as breaded and fried (in olive oil) a bunch of eggplant slices like I would for eggplant parm, but just didn’t do the parm part. I figured once the risotto was done, I could use the eggplant slices to make a variety of lunches, and even dinner.
The part was that I didn’t have time to cook anything else during the week, so it was good I had pre-made everything. The bad part was that nothing went according to planed.
The risotto tasted amazing when I first made it fresh, and hot, off the stove. Reheated on Monday, it tasted decent, but by Tuesday for some reason, it was bad — really bad. So now, it’s late in the afternoon and I know it’ll be slim pickings if I go out now to get something, plus, I really didn’t want to break the brown-bag challenge. Instead, I had a bag of plain Dirty chips, an apple with organic peanut butter and some raisins.(ps – I’m not a potato chip person at all, but I’m in love with Dirty chips!)
Healthiest lunch ever? No, but it had to do.
Monday night for dinner I took some of the eggplant slices and made fast eggplant parm. Of course there was some leftover, so that became Wednesday’s meal lunch — which was really, really good!
By Thursday, I was a little bit sick of eggplant, but still had some, so I decided I would take it to work with me…again. Maybe it was wishful thinking, but it didn’t reheat well at all and had a burnt taste. The eggplant went straight tot he garbage and I once again reached for another apple with peanut butter and some raisins.
That night, I was going to make an eggplant pizza, but decided I didn’t want to see another thing with eggplant in it at least for 6 months, so I made a gluten-free Poblano Pizza. I came out tasty and not too spicy. There was of course leftovers, so that was my Friday lunch.
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