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Thursday Time Crunch

by Meghann on October 29, 2009

Thursday evenings I have a very limited time frame to prepare and consume dinner. I have exactly one hour from the time I get home until Maddie’s puppy training class to check the mail, relax, feed Maddie and feed myself.

Tonight’s meal was simple, fast, and delicious. Exactly what I need to fit in to my Thursday night routine.


My Mock Eggplant Parmesan was particularly quick easy taking only 10 minutes to prep and cook.


I sliced an eggplant length wise and popped the slices in the oven at 420 for 5 minutes. Once the slices were tender I topped one with marinara sauce, 1/2 chicken sausage, and spinach then topped with the other half and more marinara sauce. Finally the mock lasagna went back into the oven for another 5 minutes.


I prefer my eggplant a little tougher, so if you do not prefer the bitter taste I would suggest keeping the lasagna in the oven for another 5 minutes or so. Next time I would also add a cheese layer in there. πŸ™‚

I stole one of my supervisor’s curly fries after lunch and spent the rest of the afternoon craving more fries!

These babies aren’t curly fries, but they were still able to take the edge off. πŸ˜‰


Simply cut an idaho potato in wedges, dous in seasonings, and bake at 420 for 20 mins.



All this good food and I still made it to puppy class on time.

After puppy class I took a cue from HungryGirl and made a VitaTop Ice Cream Sandwich.


Such a great idea, I can’t believe I haven’t tried this before!

All I did was cut a vita top in half and fill with ice cream.


Soo good! I already want another one!

This afternoon I had a Mocha-Walla Bar to snack on.


I really enjoy the mix of chocolate decadence and rich mocha aroma evident in this bar. Its like a big healthified cookie. πŸ™‚


I switched back to Ecto tonight… Can you tell the difference? As many problems as Ecto has atleast the photos still look decent.

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1 Jessica October 29, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Your eggplant looks tasty. I can’t really tell a difference between Ecto and what you were using before.

2 Brie (The Fit Bride) October 29, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Eggplant scares me. I know I like the taste when done well but I’m scared I’ll mess it up.

3 traveleatlove October 29, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Love oven fries! I eat them at least once a week. So good with lots of hot sauce and ketchup!

4 Marisa (Trim The Fat) October 29, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Love your Quick Eggplant Parm! Really different with the addition of chicken sausage – yum!

5 Matt October 29, 2009 at 9:44 pm

How is the training going?

6 Melissa S. October 29, 2009 at 9:47 pm

love love love that bar!

and now i want fries…dangit meghann!

7 Amelia October 29, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Your dinner looks super! Sometimes I think big oven baked fries are so much better than the skinny fries that restaurants pile on plates. πŸ™‚

8 angieinatlanta October 29, 2009 at 9:52 pm

I’m usually not a huge HungryGirl fan but that ice cream sandwich sounds fantastic!!

9 Mara @ What's For Dinner? October 29, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Made the mistake of having 2 vitatops in one day… let’s just say I was calling myself Pumbaa!

10 sisrocks1996 October 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm

I have never tried a Vitatop looks like a yummy way to end the day! Fries are dangerous once you start you can’t stop! How is marathon training going?

11 Jenna October 29, 2009 at 10:19 pm

delicious homemade dinner, you are so creative πŸ™‚
love the vita top sandwich!

12 Nicci@NIftyEats October 29, 2009 at 10:22 pm

AN odwalla Mocha bar sounds like the perfect dessert with a tall glass of Silk!

13 Bec October 29, 2009 at 10:35 pm

your dinner is fabulous, I need to get an eggplant and try it out!

14 Leianna October 29, 2009 at 11:24 pm

The eggplant dish looks great, but the vita top ice cream sandwich steals the show! I need to try this ASAP!

15 Caroline October 29, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Those potato wedges look fabulous!
I liked the Mocha-walla too…but it gave me nasty coffee breath!

16 Lizzy October 30, 2009 at 12:15 am

eggplant parm and this dessert are 2 must haves that i must do asap! amazing and great ideas!

17 Emily October 30, 2009 at 12:24 am

I was craving fries all day too! Your mock lasagna looks great, I love eggplant. I would probably keep it in the oven another 10-15minutes though, I cook the hell out of things.

18 greensandjeans October 30, 2009 at 12:46 am

I can definitely tell the difference in your pictures! it looks great!

19 Jacqueline October 30, 2009 at 12:57 am

Your creativity in the kitchen never ceases to amaze me!
Love it!

20 Julia October 30, 2009 at 1:15 am

That vitatop ice cream sandwich looks soo yummy!

21 Marissa October 30, 2009 at 1:52 am

Vitatops are a bit pricy for me. Great lasagna!

22 Diana October 30, 2009 at 5:33 am

I love how you prepare simple but interesting meals. πŸ™‚

23 Sammie October 30, 2009 at 8:16 am

Your fries are making me want to go grab a big tater and bake some up for myself today.
I hope you have a great Friday Meghann.

24 Tina October 30, 2009 at 9:42 am

Baked oven fries are the beessst! I’m thinking I need to bake some sweet potato today πŸ™‚

I love your creativity in the kitchen! So inspiring.

25 meyergirl October 30, 2009 at 1:18 pm

LOVE the vita top idea. I have some vita muffin mix at home to make so I’ll have try it. P.S. I’m giving away two breast cancer awareness prize packs on my blog:

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