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posted: 07/08/13

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Grilled Eggplant Caprese makes a nice little lunch or a fun fancy appetizer!
Grilled Eggplant Caprese makes a nice little lunch or a fun fancy appetizer! via www.wineandglue.com
Remember a few weeks ago how I wrote a post about how hard it is to be the mom of a toddler?  You can barely communicate with each other even though you both have so very much to say to one another.
What a difference a few weeks make!
Suddenly, it seems as though Quinny has developed quite the little sense of humor.
Can I tell you the story of Elephant and Mouse?
{If you know me in real life, you have already heard this story 7,852 times, so feel free to skip this one.}
 
Grilled Eggplant Caprese makes a nice little lunch or a fun fancy appetizer! via www.wineandglue.com
Since Quinn started identifying animals by name, you know in the last four months or so, she has looked at elephants and said, “Mouse.”
She says it with such clarity and conviction, that you hardly want to correct her. But, you know, I don’t want her to go to the zoo with her kindergarden class, point to the big pachyderm and say . . .
Mouse.
So, since she has been calling elephants Mouse, I have been saying to her, “No, Quinny, that’s an elephant. Can you say elephant?”
“Mouse.”
Grilled Eggplant Caprese makes a nice little lunch or a fun fancy appetizer! via www.wineandglue.com
It was just a few weeks ago that I was talking to her during a diaper change, or putting on shoes, or maybe while trying to get her to take just at least one bite of her lunch and I was naming off different animals and asking her if she could say it.
“Quinn, say dog.” “Dog.”
“Say, bunny.” “Bunny.”
“Say, cow.” “Moo.”
“Say, elephant.” “Mouse,” a slow smirk spreading across her face . . .
And this is when I realized that she is screwing with us! At this point, she for sure knows what she’s doing and is just trying to get a laugh out of us.
Isn’t it amazing how just a few months ago I wanted to pull my hair out at the lack of ability to communicate, and now she had developed a sense of humor??
I mean, honestly, communication does seem to be a bit of an issue, you know, seeing as how she is purposefully using the wrong words, but lets not dwell.
The other morning at breakfast Gavin was trying to tell me something, but because he was wearing a shirt with an elephant on it, his sister was frantically yelling over the top of him, “Mouse! Mouse! Mouse!!”
He was getting more and more frustrated by the constant interrupting (Dude. I totally understand. And also, “Hey, Pot! Your black!”)  I told Gavin that unless he acknowledged her, she probably wasn’t going to stop, and he yelled, “IT’S AN ELEPHANT!!!”
“Mouse.”
Gavin now refuses to wear those pajamas.
Since I spend a fair amount of time teaching toddlers the correct words for animals big and small and negotiating with terrorists children who are about to strangle their sister for screaming, “Mouse,” it’s not easy for me to get a lunch in that is tasty, nutritious, and feels like a treat.
And if I’m going to be honest, I want everything I eat to feel like a treat.
Enter the Grilled Eggplant Caprese.
Grilled Eggplant Caprese makes a nice little lunch or a fun fancy appetizer! via www.wineandglue.com
It comes together so quickly, and feels like you are eating at a fancy restaurant. If you want to kick it up a notch, you could pour a little balsamic dressing over the top. And with eggplants, basil, and tomatoes being in season right now, one quick stop to a farmer’s market and you have almost all the ingredients you need!
Grilled Eggplant Caprese
(a nice lunch for two, appetizers for four or five)
  • one eggplant, sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 1/2 TBSP Kosher salt (you may not use it all)
  • one mozzarella ball cut into thin slices
  • one to two tomatoes slicked thin
  • one small bunch of basil leaves cut into thin strips
  1. Start up your grill and let it heat up to about 350 degrees. You can certainly make this in an oven, you just might need to adjust cooking temperatures and times.
  2. After slicing your eggplant sprinkle both sides of each slice with a little kosher salt. You may not use it all. Let the eggplant sit at least 10 minutes, and then pat it dry before putting it on the grill.
  3. Turn two of the burners on the grill to medium low and leave the other on high. Set the eggplant over the two low burners and leave the area above the third empty.
  4. Grill the eggplant for about five minutes on one side, flip it over and add a tomato slice (or two depending on how thick the tomato was sliced) and a piece of mozzarella to each eggplant. Let the eggplant continue to cook until the mozzarella melts, about another five minutes.
  5. Remove them from the grill and top each one with some chopped basil.
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