Sunday, March 3, 2013

Veggie Bake

I decided to throw together a little veggie bake when I had a few different kinds of vegetables on hand and a jar of pasta sauce open.

Veggie Bake

- Roasted eggplant
- Sliced tomato
- Sliced zucchini
- Spices like basil, oregano, crushed red pepper, smoked paprika
- Pasta sauce
- Nutritional yeast

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly oil a casserole dish - I used a small one since I wasn't using that many vegetables.  First add the eggplant.

Then the tomatoes.

Then the zucchini.

Woops, blurry picture.

Then sprinkle on each of the spices.

And then pour pasta sauce over the top.

Followed by a very liberal topping of nutritional yeast.  You could definitely use cheese here instead, if you prefer.

Bake for about 30 minutes, until the sauce looks set around the edges and the vegetables are tender.

I enjoyed a portion with some delicious figs on the side.

I think it would also be great served with some noodles or rice, or with some crusty bread to soak up any extra sauce!

It reheats well, too.  This recipe is extremely adaptable - just use whatever vegetables you have on hand and as many or as few spices as you prefer.

I hope you're having a good weekend!  Here's some pictures from mine.

On Friday I had a rare day with no set obligations, so I decided to spend some time at the mall.  I had a coupon for free underwear (gotta love Victoria's Secret) and a coupon for a free tea from Teavana.  Other than that I just browsed and got in some mall cardio.  Oh and I treated myself to my favorite lunch - a chicken pesto crepe and some Perrier!  So good.

Last night I went out to dinner with some friends to a great place called Happy Dog.  It's pretty incredible - you choose whether you want a beef or vegan hot dog, and then you can choose AS MANY toppings as you want, and it all costs $5.  And you can also get French fries or tater tots with unlimited sauces for $3.  Um, yes please.  I got a beef hot dog with marinated cremini mushrooms, caramelized onions, sun dried tomato tapenade, and applewood smoked bacon.  I also got an order of delicious tots with homemade ketchup.  And an extremely delicious beer per my friend Laura's enthusiastic recommendation - Willoughby Brewing Co. peanut butter cup coffee porter.  Yes, you read that right - peanut butter cup coffee!!  Tasty.

In addition to delicious and affordable food, Happy Dog has live music, so it's basically my idea of a perfect hangout spot.

I got to hang out with some great friends, too - pretty good weekend in my book.

And here's a sunset picture because I can't resist.  Especially these days when anything other than a gray sky is a rarity!

Song of the day:

"Heartbeat" by Kopecky Family Band.  I'm going to see their concert next week and I'm so excited!


  1. Peanut Butter Coffee?!?! Yes please!

  2. Oh that vegie bake is a great idea. I'll have to make it! Looks like a really lovely weekend !

    1. Thanks, Jess! It's so easy and customizable that it would be fun to try out with whatever leftover veggies and seasonings you have on hand :)

  3. Happy Dog sounds like so much fun!! gotta love cheap GOOD FOOD. PB Cup Coffee Porter beer?! wow! Sounds like that would be really interesting!

    And HECK CHYEA FOR VEGGIE BAKES! That dish looks right up my alley. I absolutely LOVE red sauce, which is funny because when I was little apparently I would only eat buttered pasta PLAIN. Now i am obsessed!! Plus that dish is definitely something you could switch up and add in different kinds of cheese or some ground meat! Our friend made us zucchini lasagna (zucchini as the noodles) a few weeks ago and that was SUPER BOMB... although I think she grilled the zucchinis first and they shrank up a lot so she ended up kinda lacking on the noodle part ...despite using like 6 zucchinis!... but still ! deliccccccccccious!

    hope you have a beautiful weekend, Stephanie!