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Cheaters Sometimes Win

Seafood and Eggplant Fettucine-Duo Dishes

There’s something about eggplants that make them super tasty.  Not sure what it is, but they’re good.  The fact that they are so versatile, it’s easy to work them into a variety of dishes.  Carb cravings came on strong, and it was time to have a little pasta.  Pasta and eggplants!  Now, sometimes you have to cut corners to make things happen.  Perhaps you shouldn’t do it if you’re running a marathon or taking the SAT, but we’re talking about cooking here.  There are no ingredient police hanging out in our ‘hood, so it’s OK to cheat when necessary.  It seems like whenever we want to do something good and fast, our friend Joe (yes, the one who is a Trader) always hooks it up!  We had this really great jar of eggplant spread that hadn’t been opened, and it seemed like the next best thing to a fresh eggplant.

Disclaimer:  In no way should the title of this dish cause you to think that we’ve cheated our way into the Black Weblog Awards!  Nope, you voted us in, and now you have to help us win!  Today’s the last day to vote, so exercise your right and pick us.  Just click the icon!  Oh so many thanks!
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The funny thing about this dish is that it originally started out with chicken.  That is, we planned to toss in cooked chicken breast.  As we were walking through the aisles, we noticed a bag of Trader Joe’s Seafood Blend, and we were struck with the notion that a mélange of sea goodies would be the way to go.  And that is how this huge pasta dish was studded with gems of the sea rather than landlubber chicken.  We daresay either one would’ve been delicious.  Perhaps even tofu next time?  This is a very flexible dish, so have at it.  Thanks to that eggplant in a jar, we were able to get all the flavors we were looking for without taking another trip to the grocery store.  If you have any favorite ‘cheats’ that you use in the kitchen, we’d love to hear!

Seafood and Eggplant Fettuccine – Serves 8
1 pound whole wheat fettuccine, cooked
1 pound Trader Joe’s Seafood Blend (bay scallops, shrimp, calamari rings)
1 orange bell pepper, minced
6 ounces fresh spinach, roughly chopped
12 ounces Trader Joe’s Eggplant Garlic Spread
1/2 yellow onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup fat free sour cream
1 1/2  teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 1/2  tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
Olive oil
Kosher salt

1.  Drizzle a bit of olive oil in a very wide pan or wok on the stove and set to medium heat.  When hot, add garlic, bell pepper and onions.

2.  Once veggies begin to soften, add frozen seafood.  Cook for 3-5 minutes or seafood begins to turn opaque.

3.  Add pasta, spinach, eggplant spread and sour cream.  Stir to incorporate and heat through, cooking for another 3-5 minutes.

4.  Toss with red pepper flakes, rosemary and parsley just before serving.

Click HERE for the printable recipe.

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27 thoughts on “Cheaters Sometimes Win

  1. Nice looking dish…you two aren’t bad either 🙂

    I laughed when you said your friend Joe…then I feel right into that Trader joke! One opened up near me finally, but I have not made it inside yet…

  2. Sometimes cooking “on the fly” produces some of the best dinners.
    Here’s a way I “cheat” to pull together a quick appetizer : Puree a jar of marinated artichoke hearts, stir in some grated Parmesan cheese and spread on a whole wheat tortilla. Sprinkle with Monterey Jack cheese and top with another tortilla. —a delicious quesadilla ready to cook!

  3. i loved fully that prawn fettuccine, looks delicious..never tried with whole-wheat but sounds very healthy and being healthy is paramount in our days..well done thanks for sharing xxx

  4. I don’t call this cheating! I call it positively delicious! Such a great idea. I have a jar of bruschetta that may meet the same fate!

  5. “landlubber chicken” – haha, very very nice. I may have to borrow that sometime!

    I like the idea of playing with tofu in this dish. Especially after my meatfest this weekend! 😉

    So the verdict on the eggplant spread? Yay?

  6. Yum, sounds delicious. Wonder if i could get my hubby to eat eggplant if it was hiding in this dish!

  7. I LOVE Eggplant!!! And in pasta…even better!! By the way, marathon runners need carbs, so this would be a perfect dish for an avid runner!!

  8. I love an eggplant spread (eggplant caviar similar to one my grandma used to make) that my parents get in a Russian store sometime, and I will definitely check out the Trader Joe’s one. The pasta sounds yummy!

  9. this sounds very flavorful and easy to make. I have to admit I have not done much with eggplant, so this is an excuse to do more.

  10. Voting done! 🙂 I love eggplants and pasta, recently I had dinner on Eurostar train: Spinach and ricotta tortellini with aubergines, pesto and tomato coulis… it was delicious and since that time I can’t stop thinking of making some aubergines with pasta… maybe today, thank you for inspiration!

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