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Microwave Tales and FAGE Review Part 2

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:03pm

Hi guys!

I am back again with a food-related post! I actually had quite a few of these this week! Fun! I would do it more often if I had the time or the social environment which would make it feasible. Unfortunately I do not. Maybe when I am on vacation this summer…we’ll see!

I heart eggplants. I also heart zucchinis and sweet potatoes and mushroom s and …. Every single veggie you can think of! It’s true; I told you I am “ The Rabbit-Food Eater “, didn’t I? Well, last summer I discovered the amazing thing that happens when you slice and eggplant, sprinkle some salt over it and microwave it for about 5 minutes!! I then extended my experiment to zucchinis, onions, tomatoes, carrots and sweet potatoes, and let’s just say it ended up being my lunch and dinner on a daily basis!!

I guess my favourite is the zucchini after all, though! I often top them with cottage cheese, plain cheese or simply yogurt, but today I topped them with FAGE!

The Method

Slice the eggplant (or zucchinis/sweet potatoes…but tonight it was just eggplants!) into thin slices. I’d say about 2-4 cm each.

Spread the eggplants over a container that would fit your microwave. I either use a circular or square one. Try to pick a container that has some heights and for each layer sprinkle some salt on top. Then put another layer and sprinkle some more salt on top and so on.

Stick it into the microwave at full power for 5 to 8 minutes. You should see that the eggplants shrunk in size (the container will only seem half as full) and that their colour darkened.

NOTE: Sometimes the bottom ones don’t cook as well, so remove the ones that are cooked to a different container and stick the leftovers inside for another 2 minutes or so.

Finally, let it cool for a couple of minutes and top it with whichever condiment you see fit! In our house, tahini, hummus and FAGE were popular tonight:

FAGE Review – Part 2

So yes, I used both the FAGE Total (10%) and the Tzatziki tonight….

FAGE Total (10%)

This one was a little thicker than the FAGE 0% I had yesterday but just as good! Goes so well with the eggplants!! I also dipped some baby carrots in it and it is so much like my labaneh!

We will definitely be buying this again, especially now that I know from Kelly I am not really being ripped off!

Another thing that I found with the FAGE is that I get so.full! I don’t know if its because I was not very hungry on both occasions (I had a massive bowl of brussel sprouts at lunch today) or if it is just this filling!

FAGE Total Tzatziki

This was the best Tzatziki I had ever had in Europe, and its because of one simple ingredient all the Western + Eastern European versions do not use: DILL.

In Israel dill is a pretty common herb, and it is often added to different kinds of cheese, so I basically remember the taste very well. When I tasted this tzatziki for the first time today, it really reminded me of Israel! I guess I am getting a little homesick, aren’t I?

Not only did I top my eggplants with this, but I also put it on my Wasa crackers and topped them with some Rio-Mare tuna. Yum!

I so wish I could eat eggplants every day, or zucchinis…they are so outrageously expensive here! We pay $3.5 per kg, and in Israel it costs merely $1! And, if it’s on sale or at a local farmers’ market, prices go below $1! I remember I used to come home every two days with huge bags! And all the people who came over to visit and stayed for lunch/dinner could not believe it was just microwaved and topped with cheese/yogurt/hummus/tahini!

Try it, even if you don’t like these particular vegetables! I guarantee it will taste good!

Hi guys!

I am back again with a food-related post! I actually had quite a few of these this week! Fun! I would do it more often if I had the time or the social environment which would make it feasible. Unfortunately I do not. Maybe when I am on vacation this summer…we’ll see!

I heart eggplants. I also heart zucchinis and sweet potatoes and mushroom s and …. Every single veggie you can think of! It’s true; I told you I am “ The Rabbit-Food Eater “, didn’t I? Well, last summer I discovered the amazing thing that happens when you slice and eggplant, sprinkle some salt over it and microwave it for about 5 minutes!! I then extended my experiment to zucchinis, onions, tomatoes, carrots and sweet potatoes, and let’s just say it ended up being my lunch and dinner on a daily basis!!

I guess my favourite is the zucchini after all, though! I often top them with cottage cheese, plain cheese or simply yogurt, but today I topped them with FAGE!

The Method

Slice the eggplant (or zucchinis/sweet potatoes…but tonight it was just eggplants!) into thin slices. I’d say about 2-4 cm each.

Spread the eggplants over a container that would fit your microwave. I either use a circular or square one. Try to pick a container that has some heights and for each layer sprinkle some salt on top. Then put another layer and sprinkle some more salt on top and so on.

Stick it into the microwave at full power for 5 to 8 minutes. You should see that the eggplants shrunk in size (the container will only seem half as full) and that their colour darkened.

NOTE: Sometimes the bottom ones don’t cook as well, so remove the ones that are cooked to a different container and stick the leftovers inside for another 2 minutes or so.

Finally, let it cool for a couple of minutes and top it with whichever condiment you see fit! In our house, tahini, hummus and FAGE were popular tonight:

FAGE Review – Part 2

So yes, I used both the FAGE Total (10%) and the Tzatziki tonight….

FAGE Total (10%)

This one was a little thicker than the FAGE 0% I had yesterday but just as good! Goes so well with the eggplants!! I also dipped some baby carrots in it and it is so much like my labaneh!

We will definitely be buying this again, especially now that I know from Kelly I am not really being ripped off!

Another thing that I found with the FAGE is that I get so.full! I don’t know if its because I was not very hungry on both occasions (I had a massive bowl of brussel sprouts at lunch today) or if it is just this filling!

FAGE Total Tzatziki

This was the best Tzatziki I had ever had in Europe, and its because of one simple ingredient all the Western + Eastern European versions do not use: DILL.

In Israel dill is a pretty common herb, and it is often added to different kinds of cheese, so I basically remember the taste very well. When I tasted this tzatziki for the first time today, it really reminded me of Israel! I guess I am getting a little homesick, aren’t I?

Not only did I top my eggplants with this, but I also put it on my Wasa crackers and topped them with some Rio-Mare tuna. Yum!

I so wish I could eat eggplants every day, or zucchinis…they are so outrageously expensive here! We pay $3.5 per kg, and in Israel it costs merely $1! And, if it’s on sale or at a local farmers’ market, prices go below $1! I remember I used to come home every two days with huge bags! And all the people who came over to visit and stayed for lunch/dinner could not believe it was just microwaved and topped with cheese/yogurt/hummus/tahini!

Try it, even if you don’t like these particular vegetables! I guarantee it will taste good!

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