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Eggplant Rollatini – Gluten Free

Baked eggplant slices rolled around a meatless filling is a kosher (and gluten-free) favorite. This version ups the traditional ante as it’s served with a sauce that includes smoky red peppers, a great eggplant counterpoint, plus creamy mascarpone. The eggplant rollatini dish is luscious but light, and can also be made ahead of time. It’s a great family favorite, too.

Baked eggplant slices rolled around a meatless filling is a kosher favorite. My version ups the traditional ante as it’s served with a sauce that includes smoky red peppers, a great eggplant counterpoint, plus creamy mascarpone. The eggplant rollatini dish is luscious but light, and can also be made ahead of time. It’s a great family favorite, too. 

Eggplant Rollatini - Gluten Free

 

Recipe reprinted with permission from Kosher Revolution, by Geila Hocherman & Arthur Boehm

 Servings: 6

Ingredients:

3 medium eggplants, sliced lengthwise 1/3 inch thick (about 18 slices)

2 tbsp plus 2 tsp kosher salt

1 28 oz can peeled plum tomatoes

2 roasted red peppers

2 large basil sprigs

6 garlic cloves, roasted and pureed

2 sprigs oregano (or 2 tsp dried oregano)

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 15 ounce container ricotta

1/2 cup mascarpone

1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated

1/2 cup parmesan, grated

Directions:

Place the eggplant slices on paper towels and sprinkle on both sides with 2 tablespoons of salt. Allow the slices to release their bitter juices, 20 to 30 minutes.

To make the sauce, cut the tomatoes in large chunks, combine with the peppers in a medium bowl and puree with an immersion blender, or in a food processor.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tomato and pepper puree, basil, garlic, oregano and 1 teaspoon of the salt, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until the flavors are blended, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cover 2 medium cookie sheets with foil and brush with the olive oil.

Wipe the excess salt from the eggplant, roll in the paper towels and squeeze the rolls gently to remove more moisture. Transfer the eggplant to the cookie sheets, and bake until tender and somewhat translucent, 15 to 20 minutes.

Cover the slices with foil (to trap steam that will prevent the eggplant from sticking to the pan) and allow to cool.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the ricotta, mascarpone, nutmeg and the remaining teaspoon of salt. Transfer half of the tomato sauce to a 8 x 12-inch baking dish.

With your hands, and using 2 to 3 tablespoons of the cheese mixture, make roll-shapes. Place one partway down from the wide end on an eggplant slice, roll to enclose it, and transfer to the baking dish seam side down. Repeat with remaining cheese mixture and slices.

Spoon the remaining tomato sauce over the eggplant, sprinkle with the Parmesan, and bake until tender, about 20 minutes. Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

 Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 hour

Recipe courtesy of “Food Republic

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My Legacy?

Being a professional Pet Sitter, staying in other peoples homes and caring for their pets, gardens, etc., I often have a lot of time to just think.

This morning, as I sat in a heavily treed garden in the foothills of Boulder, Colorado, I began thinking about my life.  I am 56 years old, and what have I done with my life? I am not wealthy, I do not live in a large expensive home, I do not drive a fancy car, I have not won an Academy Awards, have not run for public office, have not become a missionary, have not made any great scientific discoveries, nor are there any statues or memorials to commemorate my existence once I am gone from this earth. What will my legacy be? Why have I done nothing to make a mark and a difference in this world?

After some contemplation, I realized that I had made a much larger impact that I had given myself credit for. I gave birth to and raised 3 wonderful children, who in turn have produced 8 beautiful grandchildren, with number 9 on the way!  Each of them has or will go on to do the same, and the positive impact that each of them will make on this world is amazing! I am happily married to a great man for 20 years.

My dear husband and I have rescued dogs, cats, ferrets, chinchillas, rabbits, and several people who needed  temporary shelter and time to re-start their lives.

We have anonymously given money to our church to help people who needs were greater than our own. Our youngest daughter, my husband and I gave 8 years of volunteer service to help re-home retired racing Greyhounds so that they could find their forever homes and not simply be discarded once their careers of racing were over. We have spread the amazing word of God to those who did not know Him or doubted his existence.

We have endured many hardships and survived each of them, growing wiser and stronger with each one. The list of positive things that we have done over the years is long.

So, has my life been wasted?  Absolutely not!  My legacy is huge! I am worthy of God’s love, mercy and grace! I am a child of God, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, a daughter, an aunt, and on and on. That is My Legacy and I am truly blessed!  Life is wonderful! 

Never doubt your worth or your legacy. You are more valuable than you can imagine, and your legacy is huge!

Our son and his family

Our son and his family

Our 2 daughters, grand kiddos, son in law to be and granddaughters friend and me

Our 2 daughters, grand kiddos, son in law to be and granddaughters friend and me

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.”  Psalm 139:13-15

Me and one of our grandaughters

Me and one of our granddaughters

Me, our nephew and my dear husband

Me, our nephew and my dear husband

Me and our oldest daughter

Me and our oldest daughter

Me, our nephew, my little sister, her mother and my hubby

Me, our nephew, my little sister, her mother and my hubby

My brand new baby niece! My baby sister, her husband and new baby daughter born August 31, 2013

My brand new baby niece! My baby sister, her husband and new baby daughter born August 31, 2013

Welcome to “Nature’s Organic Life” Blog!

This is my very first blog and I was inspired to create it because I know so many people who are struggling with health issues, spiritual issues, and just everyday life issues that I prayed that I could find a way to help people.

The name of this blog comes from various things in life that mean a lot to me. “Nature” – God created our world and all life and nature within it. He provided us with a clean world and clean and healthy things to eat and to nurture our bodies. Mankind has strayed far from these “Organic“, natural and healthy foods.  It is of vital importance that we find our way back to these healthy, organic foods and lifestyles to help us live to the fullest, and help us to eradicate many forms of disease and illness.  We also need to learn to live “green”, and leave the smallest footprint possible in order to restore health to our planet.  “Life” –  the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual.  With this in mind, “Nature’s Organic Life” was born.

I am blessed to live in beautiful Colorado. The awe inspiring Rocky Mountains, and the beautiful wide open plains. For me, the most beautiful state in the nation!

My hope is that this little blog will offer some inspiration, ideas, information and assistance to help you in some small way.  I pray that you will find good health solutions, great ideas, recipes, inspiration, gardening tips, and a  closer walk with God in these humble pages. Together we can learn, live and nurture our lives to the fullest! I look forward to your ideas, knowledge, inspirations and participation in this blog and this great community.

Healthy ideas for body, mind and spirit for the best of your life for the rest of your life!  God bless!

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