Monday, July 11, 2011

My Eggplant Dish!

My mom makes this amazing eggplant dish and I decided I would try to make it on my own tonight, I don't have a recipe but I have a general idea of what is in it.

You need the following:

20 oz Ground Beef or Turkey (I used turkey)
2 Canned Diced Tomatoes
1 Large Eggplant
1 Red Bell Pepper
Spices (you can pick your favorites)
1 package Quinoa
Chicken Broth
11 x 7 baking dish

So first thing you want to do is pick a nice sized eggplant.

You need to slice the eggplant into even slices, not too thin and not too thick. I also personally like to leave some of the skin on the eggplant. After you slice it then you want to lay them out on a baking sheet with the sliced red bell pepper. Salt and spice as you see fit. Bake the eggplant in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 30-40 min.

I used Mrs. Dash

While the eggplant is baking go ahead and get your ground turkey ready to cook. Get a skillet with some olive oil hot and ready. Add some garlic and then add your meat.

20 oz ground turkey meat at 7% fat
MMMMM Garlic

While your meat is cooking go ahead and start on the quinoa.

Trader Joe Quinoa
I personally use a rice cooker to make my quinoa, its quick, easy and always comes out perfect. I make a box at a time and store it in the fridge to eat during the week. First you want to make sure you wash and drain the quinoa. Then I put it in the rice cooker pan with a ratio of 1 to 1 of uncooked quinoa to chicken broth. I prefer to use broth because it gives it a bit of flavor.

Love this Rice Cooker!
By this time the eggplant should be near done.

Now you'll need to get your diced tomatoes, I love the flavor of 365 italian style diced tomatoes that Whole Foods carries!

Next you will need to get a glass dish and put a little of the diced tomatoes on the bottom, then add a layer of eggplant, then the layer of turkey meat, and finish it off with another layer of eggplant and the rest of the diced tomatoes.

Next you cover it in foil and put it back in the oven on the bottom shelf for 20-30 minutes at 375 degrees.

The finished product!
Plate your quinoa and add the eggplant on top for a delicious meal!

I loved this dish so much, my version isn't anywhere near as good as my Moms! As far as the nutritional information I calculated the following:

20 oz of ground turkey at 7% fat - 832 calories
1 large eggplant - 132 calories
2 cans of diced tomatoes - 350 calories
1 red bell pepper - 30 calories
1 tbsp olive oil - 120 calories

Grand Total: 1464 Calories 
Divided into 6 servings at 244 calories per serving not including the quinoa.

Hope you guys try this dish, if you do let me know what you think! Make it your own!


Emily Sandford said...

this sounds really yummy. Adding ingredients to the list for my next grocery trip!

Tiffany @ Simply Shaka said...

This looks and sounds wonderful. I am always looking for something new to do with eggplant!

Roni said...

YUM!!! Love this idea!

Maria_NJ said...

Alan when you got to the eggplant cut up it made me smile, I do the same thing, vegetable peeler right? I also have the same rice it...I am trying this recipe...I'll let you know how it turns out, tonight I am making eggplant parm, but I do my eggplant in the oven, not fried, soooo good...