Sweet and Spicy Eggplant Stir Fry

I think we’re finally using up the last of our summer garden. Last on the list (other than the dried herbs, garlic and onions) are the eggplants that have been sitting on the counter for the last week or so…woops. It seems to me like the only thing people make with eggplant is eggplant parmesan, which is a delicious dish, don’t get me wrong, but I just feel like this purple vegetable has so much more to offer! Haha.

Like this Sweet and Spicy Eggplant Stir Fry!Sweet and Spicy Eggplant Stir Fry

This recipe is adapted from All Recipes: Eggplant with Garlic Sauce

This sweet and spicy eggplant stir fry explores another way to make eggplant. I really loved the subtly sweet flavor, but it had a kick at the end because of the red pepper flakes. It was delicious, kind of reminded me of sesame chicken? Even though I haven’t had that in about 10 years…so my memory might be off. It’s good either way!

I used eggplant and garlic from our garden! This is a super simple recipe that can be made pretty quickly. I whipped some up for lunch today, but it would also make a great side dish, or you could serve it over rice for a full meal. Yum! It’s super easy, super quick, and super delicious.

Garlic and EggplantThis is a really quick and easy recipe that you can make with ingredients already in your home, except for maybe the eggplant :) It is all in one pan too! Always a plus to have less dishes. 

Sweet and Spicy Eggplant Stir Fry

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Sweet and Spicy Eggplant Stir Fry


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Medium eggplants, cut in cubes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon (or to your spice liking) crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

How it's Done:

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet on high heat. Cook the eggplant for about 5 minutes, stirring a few times. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute. Mix together the water and red pepper flakes. Add to pan and turn heat to medium. Cover and let cook until all water is dissolved, about 10 minutes. While that cooks, mix sugar, honey, cornstarch, and soy sauce in a small bowl. Stir sauce into the eggplant, making sure to evenly coat the eggplant. Cook on low until the sauce has thickened. Serve hot!
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The original recipe called for more white sugar and no honey, but I liked the flavor and thicker texture the honey provided for the sauce, and I try to limit the amount of white sugar I eat. I also liked using raw garlic instead of garlic powder, but either would work! The original also called for a full Tablespoon of red pepper flakes, I found a teaspoon to be more than enough, it was spicy, but not overwhelming. I’m pretty wimpy when it comes to spicy foods so make sure to adjust to your liking!

It was awesome to be able to eat some of our summer garden veggies in the middle of October, I feel like I’m trying to hold onto every ounce of summer! You could also try adding other vegetables or even tofu. It might be good on top of salad with some of those fried noodle things.

Are you embracing Fall or trying to keep a hold on the last minutes of Summer?

Fall in New York and Partner Workout

Hello Hello! Woo wee Fall is creeping in, it has been really chilly here. I can actually see my breath as I write this…in our house. That’s not ok. But Fall in New York is so gorgeous! This weekend was awesome and almost low-key for once! We didn’t have to pick or press apples, since the last batch are still “sweating” in the barn.Fall in New York

Yesterday, we headed our for some field research aka drinking at cideries and breweries. We went to Hopshire Farm and Brewery east of Ithaca. I love that the brewer and his wife are still there brewing and serving the beer as well as chatting with everyone in the tasting room. It is such a unique aspect of smaller breweries that you just don’t get with the big guys.

I’m also really loving Horseheads Brewery . My fiancé and I tried their pumpkin ale about 2 years ago…shoot maybe more because I was still at college. Anyway, we were hooked! It was a delicious ale that was made with real pumpkin, and it didn’t just taste like spices. So we have been on the hunt for it ever since that Fall, and this was the first year we could find it in bottles! My awesome sister and her boyfriend scored us some. And we all filled up on pumpkin beer at the Ithaca Ale House too. Success!Horseheads Pumpkin Ale

With all of this beer drinking I also needed a good workout that would get me moving! Cake Baby and I went to an awesome partner WOD that I loved. It was fast paced and took us almost 20 minutes, but it didn’t feel like it because you were working with your partner. I really liked it. So grab a partner and get moving on this Monday! Or you can complete this workout by yourself, just cut the numbers in half, or you’ll be there for a while!Partner Workout

Run 200 meters

100 Dumb Bell Single Arm Snatches
100 Box Jumps
150 Sit Ups
150 Walking Lunges

So one partner runs 200 meters while the other person starts working away at the dumb bell snatches. Then you just keep rotating back and forth until all of the exercises are complete. We just told each other what number we were on as we ran by.

It’s a great workout! How was your weekend guys!?

Blueberry Smoothie with a Twist!

Hello there! Just poppin in quick to share a delicious smoothie recipe before we all head into the weekend! Woo! I shared this picture on instagram the other day after I experimented making a smoothie that (luckily) turned out delicious! blueberry smoothie

Since we have an endless supply of apple cider all Fall long…because we buy it every place we go that has fresh cider available, and we press our own. I decided to substitute apple cider instead of the orange juice, almond milk, or water that I usually add to my smoothies. It doesn’t really have much of a “Autumn” flavor because the fruit overpowers most of the apple flavor. I’m experimenting with other combinations!

The apple cider gives it a tang that is delicious!Healthy Blueberry Smoothie

Blueberry Protein Smoothie

1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen red raspberries or strawberries
1/4 cup greek yogurt
1 scoop protein powder (optional)
About 1/2 cup Apple cider- enough to get your blender blendin’

I love this after a workout or for breakfast. It really fills me up because of the protein from the powder AND the greek yogurt. I used vanilla protein powder, but chocolate might be alright too.

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!

What is YakkaFIT?!

Hello and welcome to YakkaFIT!

I’m Cortni! I am…hmm what am I? Well I guess we’re all still figuring that out as we go. I can tell you what I do, what I like, and things about me!

I grew up in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. I was a competitive gymnast my entire life and it was really tricky to find balance after such a demanding sport took over was a huge part of my life. I started college at the University of Tampa because I thought that winter in upstate was the most horrible thing in the world and I wanted to get away. A few years later I transferred to Cornell because I needed to be close to family and they were the only school in NY with marine science. I studied abroad in Australia at James Cook University for 6 months and it was incredible. That is where my love of scuba diving began.  I graduated with a degree in Biology and Marine biology. Cornell Graduation

After graduation I had a whole slew of jobs and research projects because I had no idea what I wanted to be doing. I started working in Maine at the Shoals Marine Lab.Shoals Marine Lab ResearchAppledore Island.

I work on fresh water ecosystems here in New York. But it’s still hard for me to stay here through the winter and last January I took a position in Costa Rica, where I also received my divemaster certification. Scuba DIving Internship

Divemaster Internship

While in Costa Rica, my amazing boyfriend proposed on the beach at sunset. It was the most perfect night of my entire life.Engagement, Costa Rica

While I still love to get out and explore the world (I just got back from a distilling internship in Montana, but that’s another story…) I have really grown to realize the true beauty and uniqueness of Upstate New York. I didn’t fully appreciate this area when I was growing up and while in High School I couldn’t wait to leave as soon as possible. It just took a bit of growing up to realize how wonderful this place is and how important family is too!

My fiancé and I are now in the middle of opening a hard cider company. We’re starting very small and will be considered a micro farm cidery, but he has been making cider for over 6 years and I have joined in ever since we started dating. I love the science and complexity, he loves the hard work and…product. It’s a perfect balance. It’s a pretty sweet job, even with a real job too.

And this is our pup Clementine! She is absolutely nuts!Clementine the Snow Dog

Where did the name YakkaFit come from?

While in Australia, people called hard workers, ‘hard yakkas’ . Accroding to Urban Dictionary, Yakka: Australian rural slang for hard work. Dervied from the very tough yakka wood. I knew I wanted a general fitness and health theme so that is how yakkafit was born. I created this blog to have own place to keep all of the recipes I love and share them with others. I LOVE learning new things and teaching them to others and I view this blog as sort of a virtual classroom. It is a place anyone can learn a variety of new things, and it is a way I can learn new skills in cooking, baking, photography, writing, computer skills, web design, and more! It is a perfect way for me to learn something new every single day. I hope you enjoy sharing this experience with me!

I love family! dancing, snap dragons, traveling, scuba diving, pickles, chocolate, starfish, sunshine, bonfires, friends, weddings, boats, trampolines, summer, red raspberries, sunflowers, pups, the ocean, frogs, wine, backflips, camping, vinyl records, gardening, adventures, and I can’t sit still or stay in one place for long…or make decisions very well.

I usually sprinkle these things in with my everyday writings about healthy recipes, sweaty workouts, and homebrewing experiments. Soo welcome to my blog! I am so glad you’re reading! Feel free to e-mail or contact me whenever! If you have any questions or suggestions I would love to hear from you!


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