If I had to make a birthday dinner for my sister, it would probably be eggplant parmesan.
She’s a pescatarian, so she’d never have chicken parm, but she’s a freak over eggplant parm.
I’ve never actually made eggplant parm before, so I figured, why not learning how to make eggplant parm, in case I ever want to treat my little sister to a home cooked meal, right? And yes, today’s her birthday!
I always call her my little sister, but she’s really not that little – she’s 27 years old! Well, she turns 27 years old today. Happy birthday, Felicia!
Felicia is my only sister. I also have an older brother, David, who’s 33. I’m smack in the middle – I’m 29 (well, 30 in almost 1 month, eek!)
I always call her my little sister, because she’s always been that to me – littler than me! She’s also shorter than me, and will always be a baby to me. But, she’s not a baby anymore – she actually got engaged over the holidays to her now-fiancé, Ben. They live in the building across from ours here in Jersey City, so we get to see them a lot, which we love.
Lu and Ben are close too, and I think Lu secretly (as the youngest of four) always wanted to have a younger sibling.
It’s one big happy family over here. And we’re all going out tonight for a birthday dinner to celebrate!
But today’s not about Felicia’s birthday necessarily, it’s about this recipe: eggplant parmesan over zucchini noodles. The eggplant parmesan recipe was tweaked from Molly Gilbert’s new book, One Pan & Done. Molly wrote the crazy best-seller, Sheet Pan Suppers, and now she has come out with a sequel (kinda) that’s all focused on one pan – so not sheet pan, but any type of pan (casserole dish, pot, sheet pan, etc.)
If you’re anything like me and hate cleaning up, this book is for you. If you don’t have many pots and pans, this book is for you. It has approachable, flavorful dishes that are impressively made in literally, just one pan.
This recipe is from the book, but I just tweaked it to use less olive oil and to be gluten-free (I swapped almond meal for panko breadcrumbs.) However you make it, you’re going to love it.
The publisher is letting me give away a copy of One Pan & Done, along with a round Staub cocotte, perfect for making some of those one pan meals from the book! Winner will be announced on Friday, March 3rd. Good luck!! Open to US residents only. To enter to win, use the widget below.