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Roasted Eggplant with Quinoa, Spinach and Feta

Roasted Eggplant with Quinoa, Spinach and Feta

roasted eggplant quinoa spinach feta vegetarian gluten free

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.

roasted eggplant quinoa spinach feta vegetarian gluten free

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.

roasted eggplant quinoa spinach feta vegetarian gluten free

Roasted Eggplant with Quinoa, Spinach and Feta
 
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Recipe type: Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Protein
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. EGGPLANT PREP:
  2. Preheat oven to 420 degrees.
  3. Cover a cooking sheet with tin foil and spray with cooking spray (I used coconut oil spray).
  4. In a large bowl combine cubed eggplant, olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Make sure eggplant is coated in olive oil.
  5. Place eggplant on cookie sheet, bake for 10 minutes. Stir and bake for another 10 minutes.
  6. Once cooked, set aside.
  7. While eggplant is baking, you can prepare the quinoa.
  8. QUINOA (if you haven't it before, this is my go-to technique):
  9. 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.
  10. SAUTE:
  11. 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.
  12. Add spinach and saute until just wilted.
  13. Once eggplant is done, remove from cookie sheet and put in skillet with spinach, reduce heat to low. Saute for a minute, stirring occasionally.
  14. Add coconut aminos, dijon mustard and onion salt to skillet and combine with eggplant and spinach.
  15. Add cooked quinoa and combine. Saute everything for a couple of minutes until everything is distributed evenly.
  16. 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.
  17. You can either stir in the feta now or use it as a garnish, that's up to you too.

 

 

 

 

Balsamic Roasted Chicken with Apple Rhubarb Chutney

Balsamic Roasted Chicken with Apple Rhubarb Chutney

roasted balsamic chicken apple rhubarb chutney paleo gluten free proteinBalsamic Roasted Chicken with Apple Rhubarb Chutney ~ sounds so fancy, doesn’t it? It’s so flipping easy though. No special skills or tricks. If you can measure stuff and dice other stuff, you got this.

roasted balsamic chicken apple rhubarb chutney paleo gluten free proteinThe chicken only takes a few minutes to prepare for baking. If you start the chutney once you put the chicken in the oven, they will be ready at the same time. But if they aren’t, no worries. Both the chicken and chutney reheat just fine so you can go ahead and make this ahead of time.

roasted balsamic chicken apple rhubarb chutney paleo gluten free proteinLean protein topped with a flavorful chutney that is packed with vitamins and fiber. This chutney goes great on chicken, turkey and pork. Such a simple paleo, gluten-free meal. Ready in 30 minutes. Start to finish.

roasted balsamic chicken apple rhubarb chutney paleo gluten free protein

Balsamic Roasted Chicken with Apple Rhubarb Chutney
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ROASTED CHICKEN:
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ garlic powder
  • ¼ paprika
  • CHUTNEY:
  • 1 large green apple, peeled and diced small
  • 2 or 3 stalks of rhubarb, diced small
  • ¼ red onion, finely diced
  • ½ cup apple juice, no sugar added
  • 1 inch piece of peeled ginger root
  • 2 Tablespoon dried cranberries
  • 2 Tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. ROASTED CHICKEN:
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Rinse chicken under cold water, pat dry and place in baking dish.
  4. In a small bowl combine salt, pepper, garlic and paprika. Mix until combined.
  5. With your hands, rub olive oil into chicken breasts to evenly distribute.
  6. Rub seasoning over the tops of each chicken breast. Really rub it in there.
  7. Pour the ¼ of vinegar over the top.
  8. Bake for 23 - 25 minutes.
  9. CHUTNEY:
  10. While the chicken is baking you can prepare the chutney.
  11. In a medium saucepan combine apple, rhubarb, onion, apple juice, ginger, cranberries and honey and bring to a boil.
  12. Once boiling, reduce to medium heat, cover.
  13. Let cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  14. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
  15. After the 5 minutes, remove ginger and add vinegar, stir.
  16. Using a slotted spoon, top your chicken with warm chutney.

 

 

 

Roasted Balsamic Brussel Sprouts

Roasted Balsamic Brussel Sprouts

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I might be one of the strangest people you know because I actually crave brussel sprouts. I didn’t like them when I was little but ever since I started on my journey to be healthier and subsequently losing 100 pounds, I love all kinds of vegetables.

Since cutting out processed foods and exploring new ones, my taste buds have changed. It sounds weird but I taste things differently now. Sweets are now way too sweet, sours too sour and salty too salty. One thing that changed in the opposite direction was that I now like spicy foods a lot more than before. Just a curious observation I guess.

Roasting these teeny tiny cabbages brings out the flavor and softens them up without making them mushy. It’s so quick and easy. If you were so inclined, you could even mix in a 1/4 cup of cooked crumbled bacon in the recipe.

Roasted Balsamic Brussel Sprouts
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 cups shaved brussel sprouts (either purchase pre-shaved or use a food processor for a few pulses)
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice (can sub with lemon juice)
  • dash salt/pepper
  • *Optional: ¼ cup cooked crumbled bacon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place brussel sprouts in 9 x 13 glass baking dish.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine all other ingredients, whisk until combined.
  4. Pour over brussel sprouts and mix thoroughly using your hands for best coverage.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring once.
  6. Stir in bacon crumbles now if using.
  7. Serve with a little dollop of ghee or grass fed butter.