Mini Eggplants Rule

I’m very much aware that the title of this post is very 1990.

But it is very appropriate for a New Kids on the Block loving, Full House and Saved by the Bell watching fool like me, right?

Anyway, you know those cute mini eggplants that I picked up at the farmers market over the weekend?  Well, we ate ’em last night!

All I did was toss them in a skillet along with some zucchini, squash, red onion, olive oil, sea salt, and pepper until they were tender.  It only took about 10 minutes!

They were the perfect complement to our main course which was Salmon with Pepita-Lime Butter.

Michael and I both enjoyed this Eating Well recipe so much that it has earned a spot on our “Make This Again” list.  The only change that I made to the original recipe was that I used Earth Balance rather than butter.

We love Earth Balance!

As good as it was though, the fun part for me was getting to say the word pepita over and over again.  The word is almost as cute as mini eggplants.

Pepitas are also known as pumpkin seeds (not nearly as fun to say though).  I love eating them because they are rich in zinc, calcium, potassium and magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins B, C, and E.  You have to love a food that makes you pretty. 😉

Fun Question of the Day:  What is your favorite television show from the 1990s? This is a very difficult one for me to answer, but I’ll go with Who’s the Boss and The Cosby Show (which both started in the 80s), Saved by the Bell, Full House, Growing Pains, Friends,  Perfect Strangers, Step by Step… I need to stop myself now, or I’ll go on for days!

Have a happy healthy day!


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  1. These look really good! I like when a recipe is a hit and goes on the make again list : )

    Eating Well has great recipes!

    Happy Friday!

    I loved Full House, my favorite!!!

  2. This may be the toughest question ever. Full House and Saved By th Bell will be a tie for me 🙂

    • thegrassskirt

      Michael thinks that I am crazy because I can literally recite every episode of Saved by the Bell. It’s a gift. A pathetic one…but a give all the same. 😉

  3. Michelle Zoni

    The entire TGIF lineup of course! And Cosby Show is probably all my time fave if for no other reason than it was the first show I fell in love with, starting a long happy relationship between TV and me 🙂

    • thegrassskirt

      You’d be so proud. I literally worked my way through watching EVERY episode of the Cosby Show on Netflix last month. The later episodes were pretty bad, but the first few seasons were downright awesome!

  4. Great post and the meal looks delicious. I want to get some salmon and put it on the smoker. Those mini eggplants are good grilled too. Happy Friday & Have a Great Weekend:) I have to say 90210 – was hooked on that show – with Saved by the Bell coming in a close second.

    • thegrassskirt

      Loooooved 90210! My sister watches the reruns all of the time. My favorite scene is when Donna and Brenda go to Paris and order brains. Classic!

  5. Marian

    What about Blossom?! WHOA! 🙂

    • thegrassskirt

      Haha!!!! I thought about Blossom after I hit publish. I need to get that on DVD. I’m embarrassed to admit that I had a Joey Lawrence album when I was younger. 🙂

  6. Mmm looks amazing, Erin! I just discovered soy-free earth balance, and I LOVE it! It tastes the same if not better than regular butter. I officially do not miss dairy at all!

    Yay for farmer’s market produce! I went to our farmer’s market for the first time on wednesday and I’m in loooove! 🙂

    • thegrassskirt

      Isn’t Earth Balance awesome? Actually, I’ll stick with the 90s theme and call it “da bomb”. 🙂

  7. Wow, this salmon recipe sounds amazing. I fell in love with pepitas when I lived in Mexico for a semester during college. Such a great snack! (And apparently a fabulous addition to fish as well!).

    My favorite 90’s TV shows: Full House and Friends!

    • thegrassskirt

      My 7 year old stepdaughter has been watching Full House, and now she says things like, “How rude!” and “You got it, dude!”. It is kind of awesome.


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