Look Out, Here I Come

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Hiking was fun!

Lots of great look-out points and spots to rest our weary legs. We were spoiled with a 30C hot and sunny day today. We have to make use of all of these last warm days that we can.

Being a goof ball in my No Meat Athlete tee!

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Love this pic!

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This was another favourite picture. :)

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For dinner we wanted something light and summery. We were in luck because we had a whole crisper full of CSA veggies to eat up.

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Eggplants are so fun. :) I was very excited to get one in last week’s CSA.

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I used to not like eggplant too! Another recent conquest in the past 2 years.

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Chewy Eggplant Chips

Inspired by VegWeb.

Ingredients:

  • 1 eggplant, sliced into 1/4” rounds
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2-1 tsp Sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Herbs/spices of your choice (I used fresh rosemary)

 

Directions: Preheat oven to 400F and grab two baking sheets and line with foil. Cut eggplant into rounds. Top with olive oil and seasonings and mix all around coating both sides. Cook for about 14 minutes on each side, watching closely. They turn into chewy chips- not hard or crunchy. They were great for rolling up like a burrito (see below).

These were pretty good, although a bit bland unless I loaded them up! I would suggest using other spices to spice them up a little. :)

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We also made yellow tomato salsa and guacamole.

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So sweet it hurts.

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Yellow Tomato Pico De Gallo/Salsa

Inspired by Pioneer Woman.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups yellow tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 cocktail tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • Handful Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • squirt of lime juice
  • pinch sea salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp olive oil

 

Directions: Chop all ingredients and mix well.

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For the guacamole I just smashed 2 avocados, added a big scoop of the above salsa, and lots of sea salt to taste.

And…..mix!

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We had it with black bean chips and chewy eggplant chips…

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It was a very refreshing and light dinner.

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I’m off to finish some laundry and then kick up my feet for a couple hours.

I will see you tomorrow morning for a fun Monday Morning breakfast. Clue: It looks sorta like a cupcake but is much healthier and made with fruit. Any guesses?

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1 Callie August 29, 2010

I’m still an eggplant hater! Those chips are making me want to give it another try. You always inspire me to eat my veggies! :)

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2 Hannah August 29, 2010

I love your tee shirt!!! It is so cute!!!
MMM that salsa will be a great way to use up the zillions of cherry tomatoes in our garden!!!

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3 Kristina @ spabettie August 29, 2010

I have one of those shirts, but CANNOT FIND IT ! :( so sad..

I love eggplant, I may have to try this (Jason hates the texture… crunchy may work!!) ;)

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4 Kerri August 29, 2010

Oh my goodness, I love eggplant! Never thought to slice them thin and make “chips” – I’ll have to try this. And your guac and salsa? They look incredible. Yum.

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5 Charity Froggenhall August 29, 2010

Your salsa is so pretty! What a fabulous picture!

I love eggplant, especially grilled. MMMMM!

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6 Meghan@travelwinedine August 29, 2010

Great way to make eggplant! I always have a hard time thinking of ideas for it. Your hike makes me SO excited for my weekend in the country next weekend!

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7 Megan August 29, 2010

LOVING the salsa!

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8 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad August 29, 2010

I LOVE eggplant. Unfortunately Stephen can’t stand it. Eggplant parmigiana is an old favorite of mine!

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9 Katelyn August 29, 2010

I will have to try those eggplant chips next time I have one! Such a great idea to fill them with guac and salsa :)

I can’t think of what it could possibly be! Maybe a fruit tart?

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10 Heather August 29, 2010

looks like a fun hike! so beautiful!

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11 Heidi August 29, 2010

Love your pictures! Looks like a great place to hike. My guess for breakfast is an energizing fruity muffin. I’m looking to shake up my breakfast foods, so I cant wait to see what it is.

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12 Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 29, 2010

Cute shirt! Where’d you find it? And eggplant’s my absolute favorite. I love the min fry form..can’t wait to try them as chips! :D

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13 Gypsy August 29, 2010

my guess is a muffin! :)

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14 Tina August 29, 2010

I wish my husband liked eggplant more. He’ll eat as a mock eggplant parm (probably because I cover his with cheese) but not much else. Those “chips” stuffed look really awesome.

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15 Crystal (Bye Bye Fat Pants) August 29, 2010

Hey Angela, would it be possible for you to tell me where abouts you went hiking? My fiance and I love hiking and I would LOVE to take him there for our anniversary!

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16 Bridget August 29, 2010

Beautiful pictures Ange :)

Looks like a cupcake? Hmmmm……muffins perhaps? I’ll have to wait and see!!

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17 Paige @ Running Around Normal August 29, 2010

The picture with the sun shining through is gorgeous!
Love the light and summery dinner. The salsa + guac combo looks fantastic.

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18 Hilary August 29, 2010

Quick random question! I love that shirt, but the site says the wicking ones run small. Did you find that to be the case? I don’t want to order a size up and have it be huge!

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19 Danielle August 29, 2010

It’s a burrito-themed week! With a dessert burrito (the apple spice) and an eggplant burrito! I keep thinking about those apple pie burritos – looking forward to the dawn of full-blown apple season here in PA – I think I’ll be making some dessert apple pie burritos! Thanks for the great ideas :)

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20 Chelsey August 29, 2010

What a fun weekend!

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21 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ August 29, 2010

Are you making a tar? Not sure going to have to wait for that one. I do love those pictures of the hike.

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22 holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 29, 2010

I have prepared eggplant once and hated it! These might be worth a try. And I love how you used them like little tacos :)

Those little tomatoes may be the cutest things I have ever seen!

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23 RhodeyGirl August 29, 2010

I love how thin you cut the eggplant! It looks awesome!!!!

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24 eatmovelove August 29, 2010

I have given up on eggplant – I kept buying it and throwing it out…tried grilling it and frying it with other vegetables before – but it tasted bland…and bitter almost. Pungent. Meh. Were not meant to be I suppose. Doctored up with cheese and salsa – sure I can eat it…but I can eat anything with those ingredients anyways! :)

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25 Erin August 29, 2010

What a pretty day to be out and about. I’m excited to do some more hiking this fall when it’s not quite as steamy here. ;)

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26 Dana in KC August 29, 2010

Eggplant is wonderful steamed, then sauced. I got the technique from a Chinese cookbook. Tastes stir-fried but without the oil. This id off-topic but I had to share it. I made your chewy gluten free crackers today then promptly dropped some on the floor. Unwilling to throw out my yummy crackers I rinsed the dropped ones and put them back in the oven. OMG they crisped up and taste just like Mary’s gone crackers.

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27 Dana in KC August 29, 2010

*is* not id.

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28 Candice @ ChiaSeedMe August 29, 2010

Now i”m totally craving guacamole – just might have to go make some!

I love the hiking pics. I would kill for great hiking trails here!

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29 Emily August 29, 2010

Your hike looks like it was so gorgeous! You guys are so lucky to live near such beautiful places to hike, run, ride and swim :)

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30 Emily August 29, 2010

I just have to say that I am really enjoying your blog. I love the recipes you come up wth using the eggplant as little burritos for the guacamole is totally something I would do (and prob will now), though I would get funny looks from my husband for doing it! Your photography is beautiful too! I can’t wait to find out what you make for breakfast!

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31 Rhea (Greek Feaster) August 29, 2010

Love the pictures! Very Picnic at Hanging Rock.

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32 Andrea August 29, 2010

Beautiful pictures- I went on a hike yesterday, it’s just the perfect weather for hiking right now! Love it.

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33 kaila August 29, 2010

you’re making muffins!?!?!?!?!

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34 Jean@RoastedRootsPumpkinSpice August 29, 2010

That salsa looks so refreshing and delicious! Think I’ll be making guacamole tomorrow night. :)

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35 Cara August 29, 2010

Looks like a beautiful hike; where did you go?

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36 Christine August 29, 2010

I find I am hit or miss with eggplant…some time it is bland and has funny texture, other times it is perfectly awesome.

I know my farmers market baby yellow tomatoes have been as sweet as candy–look like your are too! We just keep a bowl of them on the counter for munching on, like you would grapes or something!

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37 Lizz @ Leading the Good Life August 29, 2010

Eggplant is one of those things I wished I liked….maybe I just haven’t had it the ‘right’ way yet??

Looks like a fun day! I’m super excited for Fall weather. Can’t wait to go hiking!

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38 GFree_Miel August 29, 2010

That salsa looks great! There’s something so summer about your salsa. It’s so bright and colorful. You’re right. We do have to appreciate the remaining days of heat before summer turns to autumn which will eventually turn to a cold, cold winter.

What a cute shirt! If I didn’t eat meat and was anything close to being an athlete, I would so have that shirt. Haha!

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39 Wei-Wei August 29, 2010

Your breakfast sounds veeeeeeeery interesting… the fact that you’re telling us now means that it could be overnight? Hmm. I’m not sure. Those eggplant chips sound AMAZING. Could you make them with any other veggies?

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40 sarah August 29, 2010

i only started eating egg plants this year. I had never had egg plants since i was born. I thought my family was allergic to them and mum never bought them before lol.

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41 Erin August 29, 2010

Spectacular views! The eggplant chips sound good, I’m always looking for new ways to prepare eggplant that don’t call for a bunch of oil.

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42 Julie August 29, 2010

I have only ever eaten egg plant in baba banoush, but this makes me think I should give them a try in chip form! I can always use an excuse to make guacamole, and this is so much healthier than most tortilla chips!

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43 Jessica @ The Process of Healing August 29, 2010

I love eggplant but I have issues preparing it myself :/

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44 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] August 29, 2010

In love with that pico!! Cherry tomatoes are the vegetable (I mean fruit) of the summer!!

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45 Sana August 29, 2010

What a refreshing dinner! Vegetables are just so beautiful to photograph! Did you see any bears on the hike?

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46 Adina August 29, 2010

What an awesome t shirt! I have never been a huge eggplant fan but you somehow make all these foods look so delicious to eat ! hmm and my guess for your breakfast tomorrow is something like a christmas fruit cake cupcake lol :)

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47 Mama Pea August 29, 2010

Eggplant chips! I now know what I’m going to do with the few squash that are staring me down in the fridge and now I know what to do with them!

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48 Marina August 30, 2010

Have you ever tried bbqing eggplant? Thats another simple way ( quicker too) to make eggplant.

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49 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 30, 2010

I have discovered my love for eggplant this summer. It’s so good! I’m going to guess an avocado cupcake?

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50 Marina August 30, 2010

I love eggplant chips!
Can’t wait for that breakfast :)

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51 Eimear Rose August 30, 2010

I used to hate eggplant too, put baba ganoush converted me, and then roasting big slices of it and stuffing with Moroccan spiced almond stuffing. Maybe marinading the slices before roasting would make them less bland? I find eggplant works best with Middle Eastern/African flavours- maybe marinading in ras el hanout, argan or olive oil and plenty of garlic?

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52 Olya August 30, 2010

Amazing photos! Hmmmm…. healthy fruit muffins? I make mine without oil or sugar but with heaps of bananas, pumpkin and kiwifruit.

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53 Michelle August 30, 2010

You are so creative! I’ve actually never cooked eggplant on my own, but this recipe makes me want to try.

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54 JL Goes Vegan August 30, 2010

Gorgeous guac and salsa! I’ll have to grab some of the yellow grape tomatoes at the farmer’s market next week!

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55 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 30, 2010

That salsa looks delicious!

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56 Maureen PLuthero August 30, 2010

What trail did you hike, I live in the same part of Ontario and would love to go hiking on this trail.

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57 tweal August 30, 2010

I’m loving eggplant lately too! Have you tried making the raw bacon with eggplant? I have heard great things, though the one time I made it I had to throw it all out because it was so yucky. Not sure what I did wrong though… Yummy salsa, that makes a perfect summer meal.

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58 Dani @ Body By Nature August 30, 2010

Beautiful hiking pics! Is this part of the escarpment?

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59 Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place August 30, 2010

that place looks absolutely gorgeous. I could spend hours just staring at that look out!

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60 Julie @SavvyEats August 30, 2010

I have POUNDS of little yellow tomatoes from the garden, so I’ll have to try your salsa!

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61 Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 30, 2010

That cobweb photo is awesome! I love it.

I’m terrible at cooking eggplant successfully, but this makes me want to try again. Maybe I’d add some marinara and cheese to those eggplant chips.

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62 Heather (heather's dish) August 30, 2010

healthy, light, and BEAUTIFUL dinner! i love all of the amazing colors!

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63 Kristy August 30, 2010

Amazing, my mouth is watering!! Thanks for sharing all those great recipes, awesome pics! :)

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64 Maria August 30, 2010

I see you’re on a “burrito” kick as of late, :P loves it!

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65 Joslyn @ missfitbliss August 30, 2010

Yum, I could use some eggplant right about now!

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66 Cherie August 30, 2010

You have absolutely the best recipes on your blog! I can’t wait to try the chewy eggplant chips. (And I love your no-meat athlete t-shirt!)

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67 Allie Finch August 30, 2010

Mmm, I really enjoy eggplant. I do something similar by broiling thin strips; I am still playing around with spices — you are right about some not standing out — Jamaican all-spice is nice on eggplant. I am going to have to try rolling them up for dinner to see if my husband likes it…maybe with a cashew or pine-nut pate`!

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68 Jenny August 30, 2010

I just made homemade quac last night, def a good idea to mix in some homemade salsa! I’ll have to try that :)

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69 Tanya @ Life with the Kummerows August 30, 2010

I love the no meat athlete t-shirt! Where did you find that!?

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70 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 30, 2010

I’ve done tons of hiking around the GTA this summer, but that place doesn’t look familiar! Where is it? It has gorgeous views!

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71 monicanelsonfitness August 30, 2010

Just caught up with your dinner. WOW! Eric is a lucky guy:) So is my husband though too, hehe, jk. I love the Eggplant Chip idea. I have made many eggplant concoctions like “Eggplant Dip” but not Chips. What a beautiful meal and the pics make me miss Colorado Mts. :) Thanks for giving us all a chance to pretend to breathe some fresh air! (as I live in LA!)

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72 Amber K August 30, 2010

I have never tried eggplant before, it looks interesting!

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73 Tracy August 30, 2010

When I make eggplant chips, I like to add a generous sprinkle of nutritional yeast, which gives them a lot of flavor!

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74 Therese August 30, 2010

I LOVE eggplant! I find it gives such great texture to dishes! YUM!

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75 Kavita August 30, 2010

I think some curry seasoning would really spice up those eggplant chips! Paprika/Cumin/Curry powder/garam masala. Might give em the kick they need – and they’d taste great with salsa/hummus!

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76 Paula August 30, 2010

WOW! Between the eggplant chips and that bright tomatoe salsa, I can’t wait to make my own! I love eggplant and can’t wait to try cooking it like that!

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77 Ingunn August 30, 2010

Hiking is my number one form of exercise/pastime/therapy, so I love seeing photos from hikes in other places! I’ve been on some great hikes in Canada this summer (I live in Washington State), but only in BC and the Rockies. Hiking in the Canadian Rockies blew me away.

Re: eggplant – have you ever had baingan (eggplant) bharta? It’s my all-time favorite Indian dish, but there’s usually a lot of oil in it. I guess I can cross my fingers that you’ll try it, fall in love with it, and then make a lower-fat version to share with your blog readers.. ;)

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78 Tori @ FIToriBLOG.com August 31, 2010

LOVE that top pic!

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