Monday, July 12, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday - Eggplant time

I often get comments on what a good eater Kidlet is. It's true, he will eat a large array of things but he didn't come that way. I think it's a misconception that kids will only eat certain things and that is it for life. Sure, he's had his food ruts like every other kid. But I keep feeding him good stuff and he likes most of it now. Also, sometimes I feed him vegetables and I don't tell him what they are. What? Like you don't :P

I told Kidlet I was making eggplant sticks and he went "blech" at me. So when dinner time came around I gave him Italian Crispy Sticks. And he loved them. I didn't tell him it was eggplant until he was done with seconds. Bwahaha.

Top L-R : Crispy Eggplant Sticks, pasta sauce, farfalle with pasta sauce and parmesean
Bottom L-R : Carrots with ranch, blackberries with cool whip, and a turtle shell apple

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Eggplant Crispy Sticks Recipe:
1 Medium eggplant cut in to 1 inch sticks
1/2 c. panko
1/2 c. grated parmesean cheese
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1 egg, beaten

Set oven to Broil

Mix panko, cheese, and seasonings in a bowl.

Dip eggplant sticks in beaten egg then in the panko mixture.

Spray lightly with cooking spray and set 4 inches from top of oven set on Broil for 4-5 minutes on each side.

Eat with pasta sauce!


  1. That looks great, I want to try those for F&B. We had a similar experience with zucchini. So I made Cheesy Appetizers with Spices (technically true, it just also had about 3 zucchini in it). Ben ate it and loved it. He finally realized the zucchini thing but decided he loves zucchini!

  2. The eggplant looks great! I am so lucky I have vegetable eater.

  3. I agree with you. I know my kids have completely different tastes - I have one who will eat or try anything, one is very picky, and one who is halfway in the middle - but their taste buds can definitely be improved with a little time and effort. My "pickiest" will still eat tons of healthy food, including vegetables. Last night, for some reason he was refusing to try a whole nectarine I sat on his plate. He was so mad at me because I made him take a bite...and then he said, "Oh, this is good!" We have half of an eggplant in our fridge...I think I will try "Italian Crispy Sticks" today! :)

  4. I like the idea of Italian Crispy Sticks! The girls say they don't like cooked celery so now I just puree it once its cooked and add it back to whatever I'm making...they love it.

    Sometimes we moms have to be sneaky, sneaky!

  5. Christy: Panko is a Japanese bread crumbs. You could find this is most grocery stores it is lighter and crunchier. Alternatively you could also use regular bread crumbs

  6. Glad to hear the eggplant sticks came out well. Mine always end up so soggy. I'll be trying your recipe next time!


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