Over the summer at the cottage I bought a lot of mini eggplants to cook for dinners. The thing is I didn’t cook half of them!
Instead of crying over all the eggplants I had leftover, I decided to cook through them, and out came a super simple and delicious lunch (or dinner!).
Got eggplant in your CSA or at the market? Try this recipe and your mouth will thank you!
Roasted Eggplant and Red Peppers with Hummus and Feta
- Oven or toaster oven
- Knife and cutting board
- 2 Small eggplants (or half a large) sliced lengthwise
- 1/2 Sweet red pepper sliced wide
- 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
- 2-3 tbsp Hummus
- 3 tbsp Goat feta or your favourite vegan cheese
- 1 Handful Broccoli sprouts
- 1/2 tsp Dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp Dried basil
- Salt to taste
- Set your oven to 375 degrees F on the convection setting (if you don’t have this just set it to 400 degrees F).
- Brush the eggplant and red peppers with oil and sprinkle with spices and salt
- Bake for 15-20 mins depending on your oven heat.
- Remove and set on a plate.
- Top the eggplant with hummus, peppers, feta, and sprouts in that order.
Meal prep tips:
- Cook the eggplant in advance and heat it up when you’re ready to eat. It will stay in the fridge for up to three days.
- If you don’t like the bitter taste of eggplant, let it ‘sweat’ first by salting the white flesh after it’s been cut and letting it sit for up to 30 minutes. Remove the excess liquid with a paper towel.
- Slice the red pepper up to 2 days in advance.
You can do this with zucchini too because everyone knows that summer is chock full of zucchini that no one knows what to do with.
Health Benefits of Eggplant
Purple foods rock and the skin of this beautiful veggie is no exception! I encourage you not to peel your eggplant if you can. The purple skin contains an anthocyanin phytonutrient called nasunin which is a which is powerful for treating free radical cells in our bodies. [source]
Tips for serving this to kids
My kids like foods separated so try serving this separately. Kids might find the skin a bit tough to chew so consider pealing it before serving.
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