Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Me Your Eggplant?

There is just something about this royal-hued vegetable…

Up until three months ago, I had never tasted an eggplant. With such an odd irregular shape and unique color, the sheer foreignness of it kept me from even giving much thought to it being a food I might enjoy.

Then, one October day, while dreamily perusing the produce aisle, I spotted her! The most stunning and perfectly smooth eggplant maiden I had ever seen! So overcome by her beauty, I immediately seized her from her home atop the shelf and placed her in my cart without a single thought.

Later, when I arrived at my place of dwelling, toting my beloved treasure, I realized I had not the slightest inkling as to what to do with her! Therein came about the heroic action of Sir Google!

He told me to have no fear, but that eggplant was an easy item to cook and oh so delectable! “Do as I say and your taste buds shall be rewarded!”

“Go to this website and make this dish now!” So I did…

Honey Balsamic Grilled Eggplant

Served in a whole wheat pita pocket with baked sweet potato fries

Tasting these sweet honey laden slices was like to one drinking the nectar of the gods!

One does not have an experience such as this many times in life. I took my new knowledge bestowed upon me by Sir Google and swore to share with the world the wonderful flavor of eggplant!

“Huh? Oh, I’m sorry ma’am, was I in your way? Hmm, I guess I must’ve been daydreaming!”

As I stood there in the produce aisle, wiping the drool from my mouth, I looked up. What did I see? Why a stunning, perfectly smooth eggplant maiden!

Grilled Portobello-Eggplant Sandwich with melty Daiya cheese

Served with a side salad of spinach drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette

Grilled Portobello-Eggplant Sandwich: (1 serving)

  • 2 thick, sturdy pieces of whole wheat bread
  • Marinara sauce (1 serving: 1/2 cup tomato puree, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon garlic, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, salt & pepper to taste)
  • 1 large portobello mushroom cap
  • 3 slices from a medium-sized eggplant
  • 1/8 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (I used Daiya)

1. Toast bread slices in toaster or under the broiler of your oven.
2. Heat marinara sauce in a small covered pot over medium heat.
3. Grill whole portobello mushroom and slices of eggplant until tender and juicy, turning     once.
4. Slice mushroom into strips.
5. Spoon marinara sauce on both slices of bread, top one with slices of mushroom and the     other with the eggplant.
6. Top with cheese and place under broiler until melted.
7. Combine the two slices of bread to make your sandwich and slice down the middle.
8. Enjoy the sheer awesomeness of the best grilled sandwich ever created!

Eggplant & Tempeh Marinara

Eggplant & Tempeh Marinara over Whole Wheat Spaghetti: (2 servings)

  • 4 ounces whole wheat spaghetti noodles
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1 heaping teaspoon minced garlic (or one clove)
  • 2 cups eggplant, diced
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup white wine (or you could use water)
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 package organic tempeh, crumbled*
  • finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • chopped fresh basil, for garnish

1. Cook pasta according to directions on package.
2.Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
3. Add onions and garlic and saute until onions are tender and translucent.
4. Stir in broth and wine (or water) and add sliced mushrooms and eggplant.
5. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until all the vegetables are tender, about 12-14 minutes.
6. Add tomato puree and spices to create the sauce.
7. Stir in tempeh and cover, reducing the heat to a simmer for 15 minutes.
8. Spoon sauce over cooked pasta and sprinkle with cheese and fresh basil.

I think this dish would also work really well with small pre-cooked meatballs or of course you could always make your own.

Eggplant & Tempeh Marinara 2Who said pasta dishes can’t be healthy?

*I just cut my tempeh into cubes, but the pieces ended up a bit large in the dish. I think       smaller crumbles would work better for both ease of eating and appearance.

Fusion of entertainment & enlightenment brought to you tonight by a very tired and slightly delirious Heather!

Goodnight ladies and gentlemen, I am off to go save the eggplant maiden from the evil Lord of Cheesealot bed! 😉

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20 Responses to Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Me Your Eggplant?

  1. Um, let me be the first to say that I love delirious Heather!! You crack me UP girl!! 🙂

  2. woohoo! eggplant rocks my socks— literally- i love this post!

  3. Little Bookworm says:

    Love the aubergine recipes! 🙂

  4. That eggplant pita pocket…it needs to be in my mouth. Now.

  5. Catherine says:

    Heather, I have to admit that while I would probably not eat most of what you post about (with my texture issues, I hardly eat any veggies…but I’m at least starting on steamed broccoli!), I agree with purplebird…I LOVE reading your blog! It gives me my daily dose of laughter!

  6. Ooh, this is a wonderfully eggplant-happy post. I have mixed feelings about eggplant, but this post gave me lots of great ideas! Thanks. 🙂

  7. oh gosh… another post where I want to make absolutely everything on the page! =)

    Thanks Heather!!! ❤ I'm overdue for eggplant this season! i've been way too hung up on zucchini that i forgot about the amazing purple veggie!

  8. You make eggplant look good! 🙂

  9. Daiya Foods says:

    Your recipes look delicious! Consider yourself a master at the eggplant now 😉 We hope you continue to cook with Daiya products in the future.

  10. Priyanka says:

    Have you tried Baigan bharta an Indian eggplant dish, it is really amazing! Love your eggplant creations!

    Heather, I just tagged you for the stylish blogger award on my blog, check it out!

    • No, I’ve never tried that, but I just looked it up and it sounds delicious! I am very curious about Indian cuisine…I’ll have to give this a try! Thank you! I heading over to your blog now!

  11. I’m not kidding- I started drooling when I saw this. Delicious! I love eggplant and what a great, creative way to use it!

  12. SweetLikeTea says:

    I love love love eggplant!
    Grilled, roasted, sauteed-any which way.
    That honey balsamic one looks amazing!

  13. Janine Powers says:

    Lordy, Lordy, Lordy….you crack me up girl!! Will you cook your ol’ Mommy some eggplant sometime?

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