Ben's dinner done, I opened the fridge in frustration, poking through the veggie drawer, wondering what to make for the two of us.
I spied a bug-free (!) eggplant I'd purchased from the same organic farmer, so I scrubbed it while trying to figure out what to do with it. Eggplant is usually a production for me -- in casseroles like vegan eggplant parmesan, or in ratatouille, or sauteed for a long time. None of those ideas appealed to me. Another challenge with eggplant is that it soaks up cooking oil like a sponge, so it's easy to prepare a dish with too much fat. Under pressure, I created the following recipe, which was ridiculously easy and honestly, absolutely delicious. Redemption.
QUICK and Tasty Eggplant
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 medium to large eggplant, cubed into bite-sized pieces
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil (depending on the size of the eggplant)
- 1-2 tbsp Balsamic Glaze (such as Blaze)
Place the broth in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add the eggplant and cook, stirring occasionally to cook evenly, for about 8 minutes or until tender. Drain out the excess broth in a colander by shaking the eggplant around.
Return the eggplant to the pot, add the oil and balsamic, stir until well blended, and serve.
As you can see by the photo (click it to enlarge), I also made Quinoa Salad. This dish, though never prepared exactly the same, is becoming a staple in my house. Here's all you do:
Quick Quinoa Salad
1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
2 cups water
juice of 1 large lemon
1 tbsp olive oil
handful of fresh flat parsley, chopped
1-2 scallions, white and green, thinly sliced into rounds OR 1/2 small red onion, chopped finely
1 pint cherry/grape tomatoes, halved, OR 1/4 cup chopped sundried tomatoes (packed in oil and drained)
1 can (1.5 cups) beans (I like chick peas best), drained and rinsed
Freshly ground sea salt to taste
any raw veggies, finely chopped, such as:
* bell pepper
* chopped olives
* nuts (sliced almonds, pecans, or pine nuts work great)
Simmer the quinoa in water for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, prep the other ingredients. When quinoa is done, transfer to a bowl and fluff. Let cool or not (warm is nice too) and add remaining ingredients. Toss well.
This is really nice on a bed of fresh salad greens.