It figures, all day long it has been bright and sunny here and in the mid-upper 60s...but very late this afternoon, the sky became dark grey, then black and ominous looking and opened up and it is just raining away out there now. And you know...I just wasn't in the mood to make a stop at the store in the pouring rain to pick up the few ingredients I need to make this recipe...especially since I might have to go to more than one store to find "hot chili paste"...maybe tomorrow will be Kung Pao day, sniff, sniff. :-(
So, after a quick regroup, I decided to go into my "vault" (a/k/a my freezer) to see what other options I had at at home for dinner. Guess what I found??? I found one of my favorites, Eggplant Parmesan. Now, even though I like to make my own, I have actually found a frozen brand that is really good...almost as good as home made and most definitely better than most restaurant versions I have eaten out. So, even though it wasn't my first choice for dinner...it's a decent "second runner up"...and it definitely beats running around from store to store in the rain on a work night!
Just in case you like Eggplant Parmesan and don't want to cook it yourself and don't want to waste money trying different brands (most are lousy), I will share my favorite one with you, it is made by Michael Angelo's (I have tried many different brands and this is the only one I would ever consider buying again). I'd also like to suggest a brand of whole wheat pasta (especially for those of you that might have tried whole wheat before and aren't too fond of it). One of the best tasting brands I have found is made by Alma's and it is imported from Italy. It is the closest in texture to regular pasta as I have been able to find. So many brands of whole wheat pasta I find overly dense and strong tasting...so much so that they overpower the flavor of your sauce and they can have a weird texture too, sort of pasty. This brand is really good and I find it at Publix. See pics of our dinner below....I like to serve the Eggplant Parmesan with a side of whole wheat linguine and salad. Enjoy!
|Here is my favorite whole wheat pasta.|
|Looks pretty good doesn't it?|
|One more angle...believe me yet?|
|Okay, if this one doesn't make a believer out of you...I can't help you any more! ;-)|