Friday, September 22, 2017

Keto Eggplant Casserole

I'm starting to follow a ketogenic diet (why am I seeing it everywhere nowadays??) and am really enjoying the variety of foods I'm cooking with that I've shied away from for awhile. The novelty of it is making it easier to stick to - I don't have much desire to cheat because I'm enjoying my food so much more now, and my satiety has really improved with my fat intake increase.  I'm still learning as I go and am figuring out what kind of daily routine is best for getting all my macros in without going overboard.

Tonight for dinner, I made an eggplant casserole to go along with some lean pork chops.  I sliced and salted some eggplant to draw out some of the moisture.

After letting the slices sit about 10-15 minutes, I pressed on them with a paper towel to get some water out before flipping and repeating on the other side.  In a saucepan, I sauteed some onions in butter and added a block of frozen chopped spinach along with a little chicken stock.  BTW, this is one of the best kitchen hacks - freeze some of your favorite stock in ice cube trays and put them in a freezer bag to easily grab and go.  Stock has a place in so many recipes (hell-O pan deglazer!) but I'm hesitant to keep a container of it in the fridge in case we don't use it fast enough.

But I digress....

Once the frozen chopped spinach was thawed, I added some salt, pepper, and garlic powder in addition to a small can of tomato sauce.

Not much to look at, but it was a great binder!  I layered the eggplant slices with the spinach tomato sauce and shredded pizza cheese - mozzarella, parmesan, romano, etc.

I covered the dish and baked it for about 40 minutes at 375° and was pleased to see bubbly browned cheese when I opened the oven door!

We'll be snarfing on this big ol' dish for awhile!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Brand New Blog - A Cordial Life

Helllooooooo out there, dear readers!

I've had the desire to blog for awhile, and I've even popped back in a time or two with a triumphant "HERE I AM...I'M STILL ALIVE" post.  However, I feel like I've evolved past the "Weight Loss Only" genre, and thus it's been tough to keep bringing myself back here churn out words out of the blue since my heart hasn't been in it.

Weight loss will be a lifelong struggle for me.  I'm still trying to come to terms with that, and may never 100% accept it, but I'm closer than I was.  I'm still keeping my weight down (though I've put on a few pounds over the past year and am slowly getting my feet back under me to gain forward momentum again), and I'm trying to make peace with mindful eating and learning to love exercise (not an easy task!).

I won't delete this blog, as it still serves as a resource for myself and others.  Who knows - I might really get back into the format of blogging and start this bad boy up again as a way to keep accountable to myself and the world.

In the meantime, you can find the rest of my life at


Monday, November 16, 2015

ISO Entryway Table

So we've owned our home for 7 months now and have lived here for all but 6 weeks of those months. We packed so much into the first few months - getting rid of popcorn ceilings and wallpaper, patching drywall and painting, redoing our kitchen cabinets and countertops - that when we finally got to a point where we were comfortable, we've kinda stalled on making progress. Not a bad thing, necessarily - we deserved a break, and some design decisions require you live in the space for awhile before making up your mind. Anyway, I'm itching to tie up some loose ends, and I've got my eye out for a couple pieces of furniture - a table for our entryway and a small cabinet for china in our dining area. Today after a dentist checkup I went browsing again for the entryway piece and wanted to share some examples of what I'm looking for. I love daydreaming about fixing up interesting finds from consignment and antique stores and doing interior design!