After some time I finally reintroduced our Home Restaurant Date nights. I had started earlier in the year but holidays and ill health interrupted my plans.
I had been chatting with my son who has discovered a love of cooking and enjoys trying out new recipes and skills for his family on Sundays. He had mentioned making bruschetta for a quick and easy meal and this led my thoughts to what I would make for our Home Restaurant Date night. I wanted something delicious, that felt like it would be found in a restaurant but a recipe(s) that could be tweaked to not only taste good but provide a healthier option.
Eating healthy does not have to be boring – you just need to be creative
What’s Been On My Plate? – An Italian inspired dinner for two
Entree – Bruschetta with Olive and Feta
This was so quick and easy and I will definitely be making this again. You can find my recipe HERE.
Main – Vegan Eggplant Parmesan
I had some eggplant and found this recipe for Vegan Eggplant Parmesan from My Pure Plants. I’ve included the link to the recipe
What I liked about the recipe was that it was a whole foods plant-based approach and used Cannellini Beans to make a melted vegan mozzarella cheese sauce. Using Cannellini beans (white beans) to make the traditional white cheese sauce found in lasagna and moussaka recipes which was definitely a healthier option. I had my doubts but it was pretty quick and easy to make and tasted just as good as the white cheese sauce but without the calories or saturated fats.
Served with a simple green salad
Dessert – Sugar Free Chocolate cake with ice cream and fruit
A sugar free chocolate cake that I’ve started making as Mike has to watch his sugar levels. It tastes so good. Mike put the dessert together and it looked too pretty to eat. He combined it with some blueberry ice cream (sugar free) and fruit salad of black grapes, blueberries and strawberries.
I will definitely be making the Bruschetta and the Egpplant Parmesan again. Both tasted delicious and weren’t too heavy.
So, what’s been on your plate lately?
I’m linking up to the What’s On Your Plate? blog challenge. A monthly link up hosted by Donna at Retirement Reflections and Deb, The Widow Badass Be sure to pop over to see what’s been on their plate.