Quinoa, Garbanzo Bean and Heirloom Tomato Stuffed Eggplant with Tahini Sauce
A wonderful protein packed vegan meal that will satisfy the heartiest appetite. There is loads of protein from the quinoa and the garbanzo beans.
Not only was this recipe really filling and nutritionally packed but it was really pretty to look at.
I just love heirloom tomatoes. I always use them instead of regular old cherry tomatoes. Not only do they give a nice pop of color but the different colors have subtly different flavors.
There are several steps but they are really easy steps so making this little vegan, paleo masterpiece is a cinch. Next time I make this I may add another veggie just to punch the already awesome nutrition factor even more. I’m thinking peas or corn or both!! If I do, I’d use organic frozen veggies and add them at the same time I add the onions.
Quinoa, Garbanzo Bean and Heirloom Tomato Stuffed Eggplant with Tahini Sauce
1 cup dry quinoa (Use pre-rinsed or rinse it yourself. I always purchase organic pre-rinsed).
1 package of heirloom tomatoes, quartered
1 - 15 oz. can garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 - 5 oz. package of shiitake mushrooms, sliced with stems discarded
2 teaspoons minced garlic
½ teaspoon cumin
dash of salt/pepper
olive or coconut oil
½ cup tahini
½ cup water
3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic
dash of salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine all of the TAHINI DRESSING ingredients in a blender, Nutribullet or Vitamix, you get the idea. Blend until creamy and smooth. Set aside.
Slice each eggplant lengthwise and carefully scoop out the innards of each, set aside and dice up the scooped eggplant to use later. Be careful not to scoop too much, you don't want the skin to tear by making it too thin.
Drizzle a ½ Tablespoon of oil into each half and rub it into the 'bowl'. Place each eggplant half bowl-side down on a greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 15 - 25 minutes until evenly cooked and soft but not mushy.
Prepare quinoa. Place 1 cup of uncooked quinoa and 2 cups vegetable broth in a pan on high heat. Bring to a boil, stir, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes stirring every 5 minutes.
While quinoa is cooking prepare the remainder of the filling. In a large pan heat 1 Tablespoon of oil on medium heat.
Add onion to pan and saute for 5 - 7 minutes until soft and slightly browned.
Add garlic and saute for 1 - 2 minutes.
Add tomatoes, mushrooms, diced eggplant and garbanzo beans. Lower heat and saute for 5 - 7 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add cooked quinoa, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir to combine thoroughly.
Scoop big spoonfuls of your quinoa mixture into each 'eggplant bowl'.
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Chicken, Eggplant, Tomato and Spinach Skillet
This has got to be one of the easier things I’ve made lately. One meal, one pan = fast and delicious!
This is an almost perfect meal. It’s Paleo, gluten free and loads of vegetables, It’s also vegan optional by just omitting the chicken. You could substitute tofu or add some quinoa to ramp up the protein factor.
Just chop your veggies ahead of time and the rest of the recipe comes together within minutes. You could eat this right out of the pan or top some brown rice pasta or quinoa.
Chicken, Eggplant, Tomato and Spinach Skillet - Paleo and Gluten Free
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Roasted Eggplant with Quinoa, Spinach and Feta
I’m having a love affair with eggplant lately. I guess I never realized how versatile it is. I always knew it was nutritious but didn’t see a big variety of cooking options until I came across this recipe. It inspired me to add a couple of ingredients and tweak some others. What I got was a delicious new eggplant recipe that happens to be gluten-free and vegetarian.
You can eat this dish plain on it’s own, add some feta or olives (kalamata or black) or both, top a veggie burger or have it as a side dish. All of the ingredients bring out the delicious flavor of the roasted eggplant. This made me like eggplant even more.
1½ cups uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained if not using pre-rinsed variety
3 cups vegetable broth
1 large eggplant, cubed (about 1 inch cubes)
8 - 10 ounces of baby spinach (I used a 6 oz. bag and a half of another 6 oz. bag)
½ cup crumbled feta
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons coconut aminos (can sub with soy sauce but it wouldn't be gluten free)
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon onion salt
2 teaspoons minced garlic
½ teaspoon sweet basil, dried
pinch salt and pepper
"Optional: ¼ cup sliced kalamata olives or black olives
Preheat oven to 420 degrees.
Cover a cooking sheet with tin foil and spray with cooking spray (I used coconut oil spray).
In a large bowl combine cubed eggplant, olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Make sure eggplant is coated in olive oil.
Place eggplant on cookie sheet, bake for 10 minutes. Stir and bake for another 10 minutes.
Once cooked, set aside.
While eggplant is baking, you can prepare the quinoa.
QUINOA (if you haven't it before, this is my go-to technique):
Bring quinoa and vegetable broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 - 20 minutes. Stir every 5 minutes. Once the little sprouts appear on the quinoa and all the broth has been absorbed, remove from heat and set aside.
While your eggplant is cooking and quinoa is simmering, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 teaspoon garlic. Saute for a minute until lightly browned.
Add spinach and saute until just wilted.
Once eggplant is done, remove from cookie sheet and put in skillet with spinach, reduce heat to low. Saute for a minute, stirring occasionally.
Add coconut aminos, dijon mustard and onion salt to skillet and combine with eggplant and spinach.
Add cooked quinoa and combine. Saute everything for a couple of minutes until everything is distributed evenly.
If you choose to add kalamata or black olives, you can stir them in now or you can use them as a garnish, it's up to you.
You can either stir in the feta now or use it as a garnish, that's up to you too.
I was super excited to find miniature eggplants at my local Sprouts store. Baby eggplants, aka Indian eggplants, aren’t as bitter as the large ones and their skins are much thinner so they don’t require prepping to cut the bitterness.
I love eggplant not only for it’s nutritional value (fat free, low calorie, has fiber and even a gram of protein per mini eggplant) but they adapt to whatever spices and seasoning you are using. Not to mention they are paleo, vegetarian and gluten-free,
I didn’t have a recipe in mind when I bought them this time. Kind of like when you buy a pair of shoes and then go searching for the outfit to match. Luckily I found a simple recipe in the True Food cookbook. It turned out way better than I imagined it would. I could seriously eat the whole thing in one sitting.
This recipe is sweet and savory at the same time. The combination of the turmeric, onion, honey and soy sauce is heaven. To ensure the recipe is paleo and gluten free,
I used coconut aminos in place of soy sauce. I always use coconut aminos in place of soy sauce in any recipe. It tastes the same, measures the same and cooks the same. It’s healthier and paleo.
You can top your veggie burger, serve on top of quinoa or brown rice, top a chicken breast or eat alone. You’ll wish you had made a double batch.
3 or 4 cups of miniature eggplants sliced into ⅛ to ¼ inch rings (about 1 or 1½ lbs of eggplant)
2 cups thinly sliced sweet onion
2½ Tablespoons coconut aminos (can sub with soy sauce)
1½ Tablespoons raw honey
1½ Tablespoons coconut oil (can sub with olive oil)
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
In a small bowl, whisk coconut aminos, honey, turmeric and 2 tablespoons of water. Set aside.
Heat coconut oil on medium-high heat until hot.
Once oil is hot, add eggplant and sliced onions. Let veggies sear without stirring for a minute or two.
Once seared for a minute or two, add half of the turmeric-honey mixture and toss everything with a wooden spatula for 3 - 5 minutes. Add the other half of the turmeric-honey mixture and continue tossing until both eggplant and onion are soft and tender.
Serve warm as a side or on top of some quinoa, brown rice, a veggie burger or chicken breast.
This took me a while to write because I kept taking taste testing breaks. This dish is so delicious. I literally walked around the kitchen telling myself “I am so awesome”! This is exactly the reaction I expect you to get from anyone you cook this for.
This recipe was very easy and straightforward. Just a few slices of an eggplant and onions and some can opening. Just be careful not to get crazy with the knife like I did.
It’s a good idea to salt the eggplant and let sit for 30 minutes to prevent any bitterness from the eggplant. I sliced mine (carefully) and sprinkled with a little sea salt while I prepared everything else. Then I rinsed the slices in a colander and laid on top of the other ingredients. Topped with olive oil and it was ready to bake.
You can easily make this paleo or vegan by omitting the feta. Instead you can top it with more fire roasted tomatoes or vegan cheese. Either way you choose to top it, you will love it.
With or without the cheese, the sherry vinegar, vegetable broth, fire roasted tomatoes, onions and spices really make this recipes flavor explode.
I’ve been eating the leftovers for every meal since I made this yesterday. I have never loved eggplant more than I do in this recipe.