A Far From Royal Life

30 Apr

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My life is far from royalty.

And although I do live with a princess…and my Hubby is king of the throne…(and we all know what throne I am talking about)

I am nowhere near living the life of a Queen.

In fact, if someone asked me what I did for a living, they would get a list of about 47 different things…

One of them being Throne cleaner.

And another being short order cook.

It just so happens that each person in our ‘Royal Household’ has different taste preferences, and when it comes to any meal of the day, we all want different things.

Of course neither of us is willing to budge, thus dinner may look something like this…

My Hubby, King of the Royal Throne, goes through food phases. I make something that he likes one night, so he request it every night of the week until he get’s bored. (King of the Royal Throne switches to Picky Princess)

This week it’s an egg Sammy.

My plating is also nowhere near Royalty, but considering this was eaten in the manner of a pig at a trough, I would say it looks about right.

It’s really a simple dinner, just some whole grain rolls topped with avocado, humus, and Franks Red Hot Sauce.

My Hubby could swim in a pool of Frank’s Sauce. It probably wouldn’t feel good though, because I am assuming certain things would sting..Which is why swimming in a pool of chocolate would be so much better.

Don’t forget the carton of eggs scrambled with spinach and goat cheese to go on top.

Then comes Ma.

As much as a carton of eggs doused in Franks sounds delicious, I figure I didn’t want to clean another throne anytime soon.

My original plan was the make this meal for all three of us, but when the picky eaters decided otherwise, I decided to make it just for me. 🙂

Layered Cous Cous Eggplant and Zucchini Casserole

adapted from the incredible OhSheGlows

Ingredients:

1 large Eggplant shredded and thinly sliced

1 large zucchini thinly sliced

2 cups tomato sauce

1 – 1 1/2 cups prepared cous cous

2 TB prepared pesto

1 can drained and rinsed navy beans

1 cup spinach

1/2 cup fresh basil

1 tsp. dried rosemary

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp.dried parsly

1 tsp. paprika

2 TB nutritional yeast

2 TB olive oil

2 tsp chopped garlic

Salt and Pepper  

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 450. On a baking sheet coated with paper or mat, spread sliced eggplants around and bake in the oven for about 13-15 minutes, or until wilted.

2. While eggplants are baking, using a food processor, blend beans, spinach, basil, spices, nutritional yeast, EVOO, and garlic until creamy. Set aside.

3. In a separate bowl add cous cous and pesto and mix until combined. Set aside.

4. Take eggplant out and remove and asseble the rest of the ingredients and get ready to layer casserole dish. I used a circle dish that was deep.

5. Start with a couple TB of tomato sauce on the bottom of a greased casserole bowl.

Then add eggplant,

Then bean puree.

Next add half of zucchini slices and more tomato sauce.

and half of cous cous,

Then repeat process over until all ingredients are gone. Top layer should be couscous.

6. Sprinkle a little bit extra of nutritional yeast on top for good measure. Turn down oven temp to 425 and bake casserole for about 30-40 minutes.

Get ready to drool.

I love casseroles. They are so filling and warm and remind me of sunday dinners with my family.

Only problem is Casseroles usually contains ToNs of fat and cream and cheese…which is the main reason why after Sunday dinners, everybody takes a quick 5 hour nap.

This dish is also good for babies because it mashes easily and is soft  enough to chew. Babies meaning Hubby’s who are scared to try new foods.

“Little bites for the Baby Waby. Just chew..common you can do it..Seee?? It isn’t that bad”

You want to talk about what’s bad…

Princess Fluffy Ball of Mohawk

Her hair continues to grow but only in the mohawk/Joe dirt Mullet form..

I can see it now. Pretty soon I’ll be called Ma and Hubby will be Pa..And she will request overalls and roadkill for dinner..

My life is quickly drifting farther and farther away from Royalty.

13 Responses to “A Far From Royal Life”

  1. Jenny April 30, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    Wow that casserole is fit for a king!! I love all the layers, it looks delicious. Aww that little mohawk is the funniest thing ever 😀
    And now I’m craving egg sammies =/

  2. Heidi @ Food Doodles April 30, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    I love so many things in this post! From the top, cute baby toes/ankle! Oh my goodness I love baby toes 😀
    “Hubby is king of the throne” Same in our house! Imagine that, haha.
    “Babies meaning Hubby’s who are scared to try new foods” Love it! Unfortunately, way too many things in there that my hubby wont like, but it looks delish! I know I would enjoy it 😀
    Short order cook. I realized the other night when I made half my pasta sauce from scratch with meat and half without and was about to make white pasta and whole wheat pasta that I am one too. In the end I said hubby can eat whole wheat with the rest of us, haha.
    Baby mohawk! Love it! We did that with both our kids when their hair was short enough. Or long enough, for my son 😀
    Sorry for the uuuuuber long comment 😛

  3. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 30, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    Oh you did such a great job on the casserole! Makes me want to try my hand with eggplant, again. The one vegetable I am truly awful with preparing..too mushy, too rubbery, etc…but I want to try again 🙂

  4. eatinglikeahorse April 30, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    That casserole looks amazing! And the bit about swimming in hot sauce?! Genius 🙂

  5. Jenn @ Peas and Crayons April 30, 2011 at 11:41 pm #

    You’re royalty to me dahhling! ❤

    This cassserole looks awesome! I love the idea of the bean puree! ❤ delish!

  6. Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 1, 2011 at 2:20 am #

    I love her little mohawk, she is so precious! 🙂

    It’s just me and my husband but we both can be pretty picky at times depending on what we’re craving. Although my husband is currently taking a break from eggs, that eggs toast and ridiculous amount of hot sauce looks like one of his favs! 😛

    Hope you have a great weekend with your King and Princess! 🙂

  7. Of Plates & Palates May 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    Wow. That’s all my favorite things in one casserole- couscous, sauce, and zucchini. I will be making that by the end of this week! Look’s great.

  8. Kate May 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    I love this casserole it looks so comforting and delicious and your baby’s hair is precious hahah !

  9. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 2, 2011 at 4:54 am #

    Royalty is overrated… think of all those tragic hats being an American commoner have saved you from!

    That being said, if I was royalty I would have that casserole delivered for dinner this week. 🙂

  10. Stephanie Tucci May 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    that casserole is DELISH! I have made it before except I used quinoa because it needed to be gluten free and it was super good!

    ……and I will say, I could also swim in pool of franks hot sauce!!

    Have a great week 🙂

  11. IHeartVegetables May 2, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    That casserole sounds awesome! I want to try that. I looove couscous.

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