Eggplant Gyro

This recipe is inspired by Eating Well. You need to prepare and marinade the eggplant in advance so there is some fore thought required. The rest of the dish comes to gather super quick!

  • 1 ½ pounds eggplant
  • Salt
  • ½ c olive oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp piment d’Espelette or Aleppo pepper
  • 1 head of romaine, rinsed and separates
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 1 container of Tzatziki or you can make your own
  • Hot sauce
  • Feta, unless your vegan
  • Pita bread
  • Sliced red onion

To prepare eggplant:

Trim ends off eggplant and cut lengthwise into 1/4 inch-thick slices. Place in a colander and toss with 1 teaspoon salt. Let stand for 30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

Transfer the eggplant to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Whisk oil, dill, lemon juice, garlic, coriander, cumin, oregano and piment d’Espelette (or Aleppo) in a small bowl. Rub the marinade on the eggplant. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to 1 day.

To grill & serve: Preheat grill to medium-high. Grill the eggplant, turning once, until lightly charred, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Serve in pitas with tomato, lettuce, onion and some of the tzatziki and feta, of using.

Serves 4.

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Oyster Mushroom Rockefeller

This vegetarian version of oysters Rockefeller is out of this world!! I was not sure if you could substitute nut milk in a béchamel sauce, so this dish is not vegetarian. I served it on toasted sourdough – so good! It comes together pretty quickly so it is doable on a weeknight.

  • 3 tbsp butter or vegan butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (more for drizzling)
  • 1 lb oyster mushrooms, broken into pieces if they are large12 large
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 c shallot, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • splash of Pernod
  • 1 tbsp vermouth
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 c whole milk
  • 8 oz fresh spinach
  • 1/2 c parmesan, grated
  • 1/4 c bread crumbs
  • 1/4 c chopped parley
  • lemon slices
  • 4 pieces of toasted bread

In a 12-inch frying pan over medium heat, melt 1 tbsp butter and olive oil. Once the oil has come up to temperature, sear the mushroom caps until lightly browned on both sides, season with salt and pepper. Remove from pan.

Add 1/2 tbsp of butter to the pan, stir in shallot and garlic. Cook for a few minutes until softened. Add the Pernod and vermouth to the pan. Once the alcohol has evaporated, remove the shallot and garlic mixture, and set aside in a separate bowl.

Melt the remaining butter in the pan. Add the flour and it starts to brown a little. Whisk in the milk making sure there are no lumps. Once the mixture starts to thicken, add the spinach and the garlic and shallot mixture, cook until spinach starts to wilt.

Mix the parmesan, parley and breadcrumbs together

Turn your oven on medium broil.

Grab a 8×8 baking dish, spread the spinach mixture on the bottom, top with mushrooms and breadcrumbs.

Broil for 3 – 4 minutes or until browned.

Spread on toast and serve.

Serve with lemon slices.

Serves 4.

Grilled Eggplant Salad

This is one of those dishes that evolves when you look in the fridge and can’t figure out what to cook tonight! It turned out so good and it literally took less than 20 min!

  • 2 small eggplants, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 package grilling cheese
  • 1 – 2 tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive
  • Pesto
  • Preheat grill on high. Brush or spray eggplant with olive and season with salt and pepper.
  • Grill eggplant and cheese for 5 min per side or until nicely charred and softened.
  • Layer eggplant, cheese, tomato and repeat. Top with sliced olives, pesto and a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Serves 2.
  • Panko Crunchy Avocado Tacos

    Panko crusted avocado tacos – yes – and they are amazing!! You want the avocados to be a little firm. Leave off the cheese and they are vegan.

    • 2 large ripe avocados
    • 2 Tbsp olive or avocado oil
    • 2 Tbsp plain, unsweetened almond milk
    • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
    • 1/4 tsp each salt + pepper
    • 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    • 6-8 tortillas
    • 1/2 red onion, very thinly sliced
    • Cotija cheese, crumbled
    • Fresh cilantro, chopped
    • Hot Sauce and/or salsa

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees , line a baking sheet with parchment paper. whisk together almond milk and oil in a shallow bowl and mixing panko bread crumbs and spices in another shallow bowl.

    Halve avocados, remove from skin and slice into 3 equal parts. Each avocado should yield 6 pieces. Repeat until you have 12 pieces.

    Dip avocados first into almond-olive oil mixture, then transfer to the panko-spice mixture and use a spoon to gently coat. Carefully transfer to lined baking sheet and repeat until all avocados are coated.

    Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned on the exterior.

    Assemble tacos and serve with slaw.

    Serves 3 – 4.

    Spicy Beet Salad

    This is a spicy number! I use the cooked beets from Trader Joe’s to make this a quick and easy meal. Leave out the feta and it’s vegan! You can make this in advance and chill till you are ready to eat!

    • 4 beets cooked
    • 3 scallions, sliced thin
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 tsp harissa (or more if you like it spicy)
    • 1 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
    • 1/3 c olive oil
    • 2 tbsp chopped parley
    • Salt and pepper
    • Mixed greens
    • 1/4 c feta, crumbled (optional)

    Toss everything but the salad greens together in a large bowl. Serve on top of salad greens.

    Serves 4.

    Taco Pizza

    This recipe comes from Eating Well with a few minor tweaks. I found that 1/2 c a water was not adequate to bring the dough together so I added another 1/2 c. I also added a few more ingredients to the vegetarian delight!

    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 1/2 c masa harina
    • ½ c sliced scallions
    • ½ – 1 c water
    • 1 tbsp chili powder
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • ¼ tsp salt
    • 1 can black beans, heated and mashed
    • 1 c shredded pepper Jack cheese
    • 2 c shredded romaine lettuce
    • 1 medium ripe avocado, thinly sliced
    • ¼ c slivered red onion
    • ½ c pico de gallo or fresh salsa
    • 1/4 c crema
    • Sliced olives

    Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Beat eggs in a medium bowl.

    Mix in masa, scallions, water, chili powder, garlic powder and salt. Spread evenly on the prepared baking sheet into a 9-by-11-inch oval. Bake the crust until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

    Spread beans on the crust and sprinkle with cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes more. Top the pizza with romaine, avocado, onion, pico de gallo, olives and cilantro. Drizzle with crema.

    Serves 4.

    Wheat Berry, Soy Sausage and Pomegranate Bowl

    This recipe comes from Bon Appetite – with some minor adjustments. I used soy sausage, use regular chorizo if you prefer. It makes for great leftovers too.

    • 2 cups wheat berries
    • Salt
    • 4 tbsp olive oil, divided
    • 12 oz soy sausage, casings removed
    • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
    • 1/2 c plain Greek yogurt
    • 2 tbsp lemon juice, divided
    • 2 tsp za’atar, plus more for serving
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1/2 c pomegranate seeds
    • 1/4 c coarsely chopped min
    • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, divided
    • 3 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced into rounds
    • Pine nuts

    Simmer wheat berries in a large saucepan of salted water until grains are tender and hulls have just started to split open (cook time will vary and can take up to 1 hour). Drain and rinse under cold water, then thoroughly drain again. Transfer to a large bowl.

    Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a medium skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high. Cook sausage, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned and crisp, 8–10 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl with a slotted spoon.

    Mix garlic, yogurt, 1 Tbsp. oil, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, and 2 tsp. za’atar in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper. Set yogurt sauce aside.

    Add pomegranate seeds, chopped mint, half of scallions, remaining 2 Tbsp. oil, and remaining 1 Tbsp. lemon juice to bowl with wheat berries and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

    Divide wheat berry mixture among bowls and top with cucumbers, sausage, and remaining scallions. Drizzle with reserved yogurt sauce, scatter mint leaves over, and sprinkle with more za’atar. Sprinkle with pine nuts.