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Date Night Wins

Tonight I found myself in a predicament. I had a full day of work, actually made it to the gym for once and Husband had asked me on a date, BUT I had no blogs scheduled for tomorrow.
Once again this recipe has saved the day.
Last week Husband and I attended a Fall Family Potluck Picnic for the local Bar Association. We didn’t really decide we were going until the day of the event and I had to work all day, so I was in a pinch for a dish to take. *Might I mention here there was a “Best Dish” contest that Husband didn’t tell me about until we were walking in!
I believe this may be Husband’s fav dish I make, which always makes me happy to hear. Thankfully it’s majorly simple and utterly delicious.
So I interrupt my normal posts (I’ve got about a million and one pictures of our rousing bachelorette party from this past weekend) to bring you:
Eggplant Couscous Lasagna
Serves 6-8 (as a main dish served with veggies)

Ingredients
3 Eggplants, peeled and sliced into 1/2 thick slices (lengthwise)
2 c Couscous, uncooked
1 large jar Marinara
1 c Feta, crumbled
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

Directions
1. Salt your sliced eggplant and let sit for an hour or so until juices are released *this step is optional and I just tried it for the first time this last time and I feel it makes a huge difference
2. Brush both sides of the eggplant slices with olive oil, season with pepper and bake at 375 degrees until tender and slightly browned, approximately 25 minutes
3. Cook couscous according to instructions (usually 1:1 with water)
4. Pour a small amount of sauce in the bottom of your baking dish and spread so your eggplant won’t stick. Starting with the eggplant slices layer eggplant, couscous, feta, marinara ending with the sauce.
5. Sprinkle remaining feta over top for garnish.
6. Bake at 350 degrees until feta is starting to brown and sauce is bubbly.

I’m still learning this old oven (and was rushing through the shower to be ready in time) so my feta was more of a blackened than browned.
This really makes quite a bit of food. I had intended to take a picture of it served but it was gobbled up before I got the chance at the picnic. I’m going to consider that a win even though they ended up not voting.
In case you are wondering we saw Contagion…it was pretty darn good…of course when you love your company any date night is good 🙂

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