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Eggplant and Tomato with or without Pasta

photo 5 (11) photo 5 (12) photo 4 (12) photo 3 (16) photo 5 (13)Another wonderful inspiration from Jessica Seinfeld’s cookbook “The Can’t Cookbook”,  even though I can cook there are so many great and easy recipes in this book. This was certainly one of them. I served over pasta (see photos) and it is so easy! Everyone gets nervous about cooking eggplant and I really am not sure why that is, well this will cure you of that fear if you have it. You can just make this as a side dish without the pasta but any reason to eat pasta in this house is a good one.

Eggplants should be smooth-skinned, evenly firm and without soft spots. I bought organic ,  when  I’m eating the peel or the skin I  try to buy organic, same goes for tomatoes.

Ingredients:

1 large eggplant or 2 small ones

4 cloves garlic

1 pint cherry or grape type tomatoes

6 sprigs fresh thyme

1/3 cup olive oil

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

*1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper ( optional )

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash the eggplant and the tomatoes. Cut off and discard the stem. Cut the eggplant into 1 inch thick round pieces. Stack 2 rounds, then slice  rounds 2 x and 2x across to make 1″ cubes. ( see photos). Smash the 4 garlic cloves with the back of large knife. Prepare baking dish by spraying lightly with Pam spray.

Place the eggplant , garlic, tomatoes, and thyme in baking dish.  Sprinkle salt , pepper and crushed red pepper if you’re using it. With clean hands toss together until the eggplant is coated with olive oil and don’t worry if it’s over-crowded. It will break down and there will be plenty of room.

Roast until the eggplant is really soft and tender. I roasted for an hour and gave it a stir and was good to go.

I served over pasta but you certainly don’t have to have pasta,  you can eat this just as is. If you’re serving over pasta you may want to drizzle a little more olive oil into the eggplant and tomato mixture–just for a little more saucier consistency.

Thanks again Jessica .

Eggplant and Tomato with or without Pasta

photo 5 (11) photo 5 (12) photo 4 (12) photo 3 (16) photo 5 (13)Another wonderful inspiration from Jessica Seinfeld’s new cookbook “The Can’t Cookbook”,  even though I can cook there are so many great and easy recipes in this book. This was certainly one of them. I served over pasta (see photos) and it is so easy! Everyone gets nervous about cooking eggplant and I really am not sure why that is, well this will cure you of that fear if you have it. You can just make this as a side dish without the pasta but any reason to eat pasta in this house is a good one.

Eggplants should be smooth-skinned, evenly firm and without soft spots. I bought organic ,  when  I’m eating the peel or the skin I  try to buy organic, same goes for tomatoes.

Ingredients:

1 large eggplant or 2 small ones

4 cloves garlic

1 pint cherry or grape type tomatoes

6 sprigs fresh thyme

1/3 cup olive oil

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

*1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper ( optional )

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash the eggplant and the tomatoes. Cut off and discard the stem. Cut the eggplant into 1 inch thick round pieces. Stack 2 rounds, then slice  rounds 2 x and 2x across to make 1″ cubes. ( see photos). Smash the 4 garlic cloves with the back of large knife. Prepare baking dish by spraying lightly with Pam spray.

Place the eggplant , garlic, tomatoes, and thyme in baking dish.  Sprinkle salt , pepper and crushed red pepper if you’re using it. With clean hands toss together until the eggplant is coated with olive oil and don’t worry if it’s over-crowded. It will break down and there will be plenty of room.

Roast until the eggplant is really soft and tender. I roasted for an hour and gave it a stir and was good to go.

I served over pasta but you certainly don’t have to have pasta,  you can eat this just as is. If you’re serving over pasta you may want to drizzle a little more olive oil into the eggplant and tomato mixture–just for a little more saucier consistency.

Thanks again Jessica .

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Eggplant and Apples – Mustard Vinaigrette

Always looking for new ways to incorporate quinoa into my salads, I decided to make it with roasted eggplant, apples, cranberries and nuts. The inspiration came from Giada de Laurentiis. I made a few changes to the original recipe, including the dressing.   I served it with my mustard vinaigrette that I already had ready in the fridge and wanted to use up. This salad was crunchy and yummy.DSCN0108DSCN0119

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups vegetable broth (or you can use chicken broth)

1 1/4 cups whole-grain quinoa – I love organic quinoa but you don’t have to use organic.

1 lb. eggplant, unpeeled, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 large apple (whatever you have on hand,) unpeeled, cored and cut into small chunks

3/4 cup roasted salted sunflower seeds

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1 large bunch of baby kale, arugula or watercress (use whatever lettuce you would like)

Mustard Vinaigrette: aka my favorite dressing of all time

this is always my go to dressing and it keeps for at least 3 – 4 days in the fridge in an airtight jar. Best made in a mini food processor or blender type of machine.

3 tablespoons champagne vinegar

2 small cloves garlic

1 egg yolk ( if you are opposed to this you can substitute with a tablespoon of mayonnaise, I always use the egg yolk)

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup good olive oil

1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard

In food processor or whatever you’re using, first put garlic and chop it finely , then add all other ingredients except for olive oil. Give it a few whirls till it’s combined then slowly add olive oil mixing as you go till it is all creamy looking. It is awesome on any salad.

DIRECTIONS:

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees.

Meanwhile, bring the broth to a simmer over medium-high heat in a heavy medium saucepan. Mix in the quinoa. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the quinoa just stand, covered 5 – 10 minutes. Cool and fluff with a fork.

Meanwhile, spray a large rimmed baking sheet with vegetable oil spray and toss the eggplant with 3 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper on the sheet. Roast until eggplant is tender and browned, stirring once, total time about 30 minutes.

I cut up apples and gave them a good squeeze of fresh lemon juice so they wouldn’t brown.

Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl, fluff with a fork. Add the eggplant, apples, nuts and cranberries. Toss with some of your favorite dressing to blend. Spoon on top of your favorite lettuce and serve.