Perfect Fall Dinner

Some of my weekend Farmer's Market haul (eggplant, zucchini, onions) became this unbelievably yummy casserole. I used ground beef but really you could make it with turkey, sausage, even those Morningstar textured veggie protein soy crumbles if you have vegetarians coming to dinner. It was a perfect Fall dinner.

Shelly's Eggplant & Chickpea Casserole

1/2 pound Ground Beef (or Turkey, Sausage, TVP)
1 Yellow Onion, diced
1 Medium Eggplant, diced
1 Small Zucchini, diced
2 cloves Garlic, crushed
1 (15 oz.) can Chick Peas, rinsed and drained
1 cup Diced Tomatoes, with juice (I used canned S&W)
1 teaspoon Greek Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese, grated
Olive Oil for sauteing

Saute onion, eggplant, and zucchini till golden and tender. Add beef and garlic. Cook beef till no pink is seen. Add chickpeas, tomatoes, seasonings. Mix till well combined.

Pour into Pyrex casserole dish. Top with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Glad something was perfect today... I went on a coffee date this morning. No love connection. Nice guy but not the one for me. The silver lining: being alone just means I'll be free when my soul mate finally does cross my path. I do kind of hope he jogs by me one day soon versus hobbles by me with his walker 50 years from now but whatever will be will be. I trust it will all work out. I have faith he'll have been worth the wait... and Pfizer does make that convenient little blue pill ;)


Miss Soul said...

My Uncle is a vegetarian...I'm going to make this for him when he comes over for Thanksgiving this year. He gets tired of eating fish at family functions, and I would rather make something more interesting...this will be a nice change up. Thanks again.

Kim said...

Coffee date. My guy and I started as a brunch date. We both thought, no fireworks, but nice. We went out again and a year and a half later, we are planning on forever.

It will happen. I have faith. I always say, I wasn't ready to be in a relationship although I wanted one, because I had me to work on. Then one day, just chose that "now is the only time" and just kept going.

It'll happen. and it will be MAGNIFICENT!

Leslie said...

I really love your blog. I can't make anything yet because I just had the surgery on the 19th but I check it everyday to see what's going on. Thank you so much for the service you do. I love your humor!!!! You go girl!

d said...

Mmmm....delish! I have been playing crock-pot goddess! Good stuff! Do you have crock-pot recipes?

tobys-mom said...

I had to kiss A LOT of toads until I finally met my husband. We actually met on the Yahoo dating site.. he calls me the pop up that never left.. I call him my gift from heaven.. We are having our 5 yr anniversary in Feb. We didn't meet until both of us were in our mid 40's. Just wanted to let you know there is hope!!
Love the recipes... Kathy

Yum Yucky said...

Oh yeah. That's my kinda meal.

Jamie said...

Just made this and it's delicious! It's so perfect! I used spicy diced tomatoes and it turned out great. Keep the casseroles coming, I love them!