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Easy and Healthy Weeknight Meal: Eggplant Mini Pizzas

When a busy week has you all….

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but you’re trying to maintain that girlish figure, I now have the easiest “recipe” for eggplant of all time for you.  On top of being quick and easy, they’re healthy, gluten free, and mini!  What doesn’t taste better when it’s mini?

As often as possible, I sign up for a CSA box from Hopkins Farms Farm to Table.  It never seems to fail that I end up letting the eggplant go bad because I have no idea what to cook with it.  It doesn’t help matters that, although I like eggplant, my husband does not.  I now have a remedy for this situation: eggplant mini pizzas!  They are beyond quick and easy, they’re perfect for a quick but healthy week night meal (for me, when Wheat is out of town or at a meeting), and they would be really great for kids making their own pizzas.  Plus, it ends the question of “what the heck do I do with these eggplants?”

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Please excuse the poor, poor photography.  Such is my life these days… aka quick and easy eggplant mini pizzas on the couch while making funny faces at the baby next to me.  I’ll take it over pretty pictures any day! :)

The “recipe” is simple:

Eggplant Mini Pizzas

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Slice an eggplant into 1/2 inch rounds.  Top with tomato sauce of choice, shredded mozzarella, and mini pepperonis (or any other desired tiny toppings).  Bake for 15 minutes.  Let cool and eat!

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As with most of life these days, I chronicled these over on Snapchat a few nights ago.  Follow me there @nataliekirbo for a dose of our reality.  Because the reality is, I have little time for blogging but I can usually find time to snap it. ;)

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Tiny Miracles

I know I’m not posting as regularly (or regularly at all, rather), and I’m phoning it in in a lot of other areas of my life currently, too (oh hai, Maiden South!) but I am currently in a complete and utter state of awe at what tiny miracles babies are. Watching Adella Grace growing and learning is amazing. Friday, she was incredibly fussy, and the Wonder Weeks app (a wonderful way to know you’re not a horrible mom and your baby is crying and needy because she’s simply growing – I HIGHLY recommend and wish I had known about it before the throes of the 6 week growth spurt!)  told me to expect it due to a developmental leap. 

From the Wonder Weeks:

After having made this leap, a baby doesn’t experience the world as a single entity anymore; the world is like a bowl of soup where everything blends together. The baby begins to differentiate regular patterns. For example, she discovers her hands. She looks surprised and turns them around. Many of the baby’s automatic reflexes disappear, and Adella Grace begins to do things purposefully. All the movements she makes still look very stiff to the outside world as if she is a puppet on a string.


 I laid her in her crib after an hour or so of hollering, gave her a paci (and poured myself a glass of wine – it was 5:30 pm on a Friday after all) and sat in the rocker next to her crib to watch her. Well wouldn’t ya know – she started putting her pacifier back in her mouth herself! 


So excuse me while I’m MIA from so many things. If you need me, I’m probably here rocking my baby, staring at her in utter amazement. And probably having a glass of wine while I’m at it. Feel free to join me!