So it starts! By popular demand (ok really just my mom) I am starting this food blog. I have loved to cook since I can remember and have always tried to eat healthy. Many people think that eating healthy is boring and overwhelming. This is why you are reading my blog, because I want you to find that it can be yummy, satisfying, and simple... okay sometimes it requires some planning and work, but all good things do. FYI, the food Critic I refer to is my great Husband who will try everything I make.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Balsamic Eggplant Salad

For this salad I roasted bite size pieces of eggplant, sliced mushrooms, and baby carrots. I tossed those vegetables with 4 cups of salad greens and homemade balsamic dressing. To finish it off I sprinkled it with hemp seeds.   It was so easy and fast. 

1. Cut 1 eggplant into bite sized pieces, slice up 8 mushrooms, and put 2 c baby carrots into a large bowl.  Toss with 2 tsp olive oil then spread onto a baking sheet.

2. Sprinkle all vegetables with Garlic Powder

3. Roast @ 400 for 20-30 min.  I waited until my eggplant started to brown a bit.

4. When finished let cool for 10 min

Balsamic Dressing
3/4 c Balsamic Vinegar
1-2 garlic cloves
1 Tsp Italian Seasoning
1 T agave or 2 T sugar
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 pepper
3/4 c olive oil

Mix all ingredients EXCEPT olive oil in a blender. Slowly drizzle the olive oil into the blender while it is still mixing.

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