I fancy myself many things. Often, I fancy myself a successful, productive member of society. Other times, I fancy myself a writer. Today, I fancied myself a housewife.
I think it’s because I wore a skirt while doing errands. Something about walking the isles of the grocery store, cleaning my bathroom, and doing five loads of laundry, all while wearing a polo-emblazoned cotton skirt, seemed rather foolish – in that same “vaccuuming-in-high-heels” sort of vein. (Trust me, I have never EVER vaccuumed in high heels. It’s enough of a struggle for me to wear heels to the office.)
Anyway, feeling ironically like a housewife inspired me to be both creative and frugal in making dinner this evening. Since the meal turned out well, I thought I’d share it here. I made a Mediterranean-style dinner of grilled eggplant on a bed of couscous, with a cucumber and tomato salad. Easy and quick to prepare but really good (and really good for you!).
Grilled Eggplant and Heirloom Couscous, with Cucumber-Tomato Salad
- Prepare the couscous first. Make it according to the box with the following modifications: Add to the boiling water a half cube of chicken bouillon. Add some fresh ground pepper, along with a dash of italian seasoning, paprika, garlic, and cinnamon. Add 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Chop a few small heirloom tomatoes and add to couscous. Once couscous is done, remove from heat and put it to the side.
- Dice a cucumber. Remove the seeds and juice from two roma tomatoes and dice. Toss cucumber and tomatoes together in two tablespoons of olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Slice an eggplant into rings, each about 1/2 inch thick. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill ~ 5 minutes on each side.
- Plate couscous first. Lay 2 – 3 eggplant slices on top of couscous bed and then add a serving of cucumber-tomato salad.
- After plating, sprinkle entire dish with grated parmesan cheese.
This whole dinner took me under 30 min to prepare and it’s both delicious and cheap to make! I concocted this recipe on the fly, so I don’t have any exact nutrition facts, but I think it’s pretty safe to say it’s a low fat meal that’s packed with a lot of nutrients. And I even got my toddler to eat it. If that’s not a victory, I don’t know what is.
Martha Stewart, signing off.