Eggplant Zucchini Bolognese + Weekly Menu

Happy Monday! 😀 I hope everyone had wonderful weekends & enjoyed honoring all the mothers in your life. Lily’s wiggly butt and kisses were enough to make me the happiest mom in the world 😉

It was a wonderful weekend which makes starting a work week more than a drag. Oh well, it was a 3-day weekend…I shouldn’t be complaining 😉 Any weekend with friends, family, wine, and home cooking…with some exercise thrown in for good measures, is bound to be a good one. I have to get the name of this wine from my mom…it was SO good.

This meal was the healthy entree my mom whipped up to follow-up her show-stopping antipasto appetizer. My mom LOVES Taste of Home recipes. We are both subscribed to their daily email list serve — some recipes catch my eye more than others. While I don’t remember this one coming into my inbox, it was one my mom saved to make while I was home. Not surprising seeing as it’s really, really healthy. And luckily, it was also really, really good 🙂

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Eggplant Zucchini Bolognese slightly adapted from Taste of Home

1 lb whole wheat penne pasta
1 small eggplant, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 medium yellow summer squash, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 cup chopped onion
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 lb lean ground beef (90% lean)
28 oz tomato puree
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1 Tbsp brown sugar
8 tsp grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the eggplant, zucchini, squash, onion, oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Transfer to two 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425 F for 20-25 minutes or until tender.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions.

In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato puree, Italian seasoning and brown sugar. Drain pasta; stir in tomato mixture and roasted vegetables. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 8 servings (1 1/2 cups each).

Nutrition Information (per serving): 425 calories, 12.4 g. fat (3.5 g. saturated fat), 51 mg. cholesterol, 400 mg. sodium, 56.6 g. carbohydrate, 10.6 g. fiber, 27.4 g.protein

Result: A hearty, delicious meal! My brother even rewarmed this for a late dinner after getting off work and he loved it, too. And uh, he’s a picky eater 🙂 I love all the fiber and the fact that this is a low-sodium meal! It’s also plentiful in protein and good fats — a great, balanced meal! Enjoy!

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And a late, but fun, weekly menu!

Weekly Menu: May 9th-12th

In completely unrelated news, Mr. Prevention and I booked a trip to Singapore and Thailand this weekend! We will be going for 10 days over my birthday and the 4th of July weekend. I’m very excited! We have a friend, Lena, who is currently working in Singapore so it will be wonderful to visit her and have a “local” tour guide 🙂 Thailand was my honeymoon dream destination….we went to Puerto Vallarta instead. But since we’re making the 20+ hour flight to Singapore, I figured a short flight to Thailand only made sense…right? 🙂 I’m very excited! We’ve been talking about planning this trip for the last year, so it’s great to see it come to fruition!

Question: What’s your dream travel destination?

Have a great week!

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28 Comments

  1. May 9, 2011 / 7:15 am

    A trip over the date of our party?! WHAT?!?! haha, no, it’s ok, Singapore sounds fantastic and after reading Sophia’s blog I would LOVE to go there!! I can’t wait to read some posts from Singapore, and hear all about it.

    I’m glad you had a nice weekend in Chicago, with the family. This recipe sounds fabulous.

  2. May 9, 2011 / 7:42 am

    Yay!! 😀 We will find lots of good food here….won’t promise that it will be healthy but we can walk it off :).

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 9, 2011 / 12:03 pm

      I will save up all my calories! I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. May 9, 2011 / 8:46 am

    Singapore! That’s amazing! You’ll have so much fun…

    My dream destination is Greece I think… I’ve heard it’s just gorgeous and the history in that place is amazing…

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 9, 2011 / 12:03 pm

      Greece is…stunning. You will love it!

  4. May 9, 2011 / 10:36 am

    That sounds like an amazing trip.

    I would love to go to Australia or the Great Wall of China…those are two of my trip fantasies.

    I love the idea of that pasta – I think it would be great subbing the ground beef for lentils like you did the other day.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 9, 2011 / 12:04 pm

      I totally agree! Lentils in a red sauce are delicious as I now know 🙂

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 9, 2011 / 12:04 pm

      That is the sweetest thing…it sounds like your in-laws have hearts of gold 🙂

  5. May 9, 2011 / 12:45 pm

    wow! How exciting and amazing for you! I have always wanted to get to Australia for as long as I can remember. Maybe some day!

    i saw the pic of your mom’s anitpasto salad on fb…and omg, i was droooooooling! lol

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 9, 2011 / 8:58 pm

      It was seriously amazing…I’m craving it now!!

  6. May 9, 2011 / 1:07 pm

    OH MY GOSH, THAT LOOKS AMAZING! Have to add this to my “my try” recipes!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 9, 2011 / 8:58 pm

      I hope you like it 🙂

  7. May 9, 2011 / 1:35 pm

    How exciting!! I cant wait to hear all about it. 🙂

    My dream trip would be to Ireland. Or Italy, but Im part Irish, so I’ve always wanted to go there.

  8. May 9, 2011 / 1:38 pm

    I am SOOOOO excited for you!!!! What a great trip you have to look forward to! THAT must make coming back to work after the weekend a bit easier too! My dream trip? Tuscany. One day I’ll get there. Have a great day Nicole!

  9. May 9, 2011 / 2:13 pm

    That is so exciting Nicole! I’ll be lucky if we go to Wisconsin this year 🙁

    Glad you had fun at home and we had good weather for you – even if Saturday was a bit on the chilly side.

    I want to go to Italy with my husband! It was going to be a 10th anniversary trip, but health issues got in the way – maybe we’ll make it for our 15th!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 9, 2011 / 8:57 pm

      I hope so! You guys deserve it 🙂

  10. May 9, 2011 / 3:39 pm

    That is so exciting about your upcoming vacation with your hubby!! I hope you two have a fabulous time, Nicole!

    The eggplant zucchini bolognese looks amazing…your mom is quite a cook!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 9, 2011 / 8:57 pm

      Thank you! And yes! She is 🙂

  11. May 9, 2011 / 4:02 pm

    Sounds like a great trip..can’t wait to hear all about it…
    Pasta looks yum!

  12. May 9, 2011 / 4:26 pm

    I have signed up for the Healthy Cooking daily email from Taste of Home. They send out some great recipes every day. I’ve seen this one but haven’t gotten a chance to try it yet – I love the pasta recipes that really use veggies to help bulk up the serving size!

  13. May 9, 2011 / 4:46 pm

    Love the eggplant pasta dish, it looks delicious! And what an amazing dream destination. I would love to go to Hawaii 😀

  14. May 9, 2011 / 5:04 pm

    That looks delicious and super comforting 🙂 I love a good pasta dish.

    Dream honeymoon? That’s a toughy! I guess Australia. I really want to go there some day.

  15. May 9, 2011 / 5:08 pm

    Singapore and Thailand!! What a lucky girl! There are so many places I would love to travel it’s hard to narrow it down. But I think Brazil is on the top of my list!

    The pasta looks super yummy! I love hearty tomato sauces!

  16. May 12, 2011 / 9:10 am

    Saving this one! I have eggplant, zucchini, and squash growing in my garden right now!

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