Spinach & Chicken Sausage Stuffed Eggplant

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There is a good chance this may be my new favorite low-carb eggplant dish. I really don’t know what I was thinking when I made this dish except I wanted eggplant for dinner. Roasted eggplant is one of my favorite things to eat, I would even consider it a treat. It is totally easy to make you would never guess that because it is so delicious. You can get real creative on this one and stuff it with anything you wanted…spaghetti, pasta, quinoa, roasted veggies, ground beef..or whatever else you like. Use your imagination–the possibilities are endless!

Yield: 4

Ingredients:
2 eggplants, cleaned and dried
1 tsp salt
5 Tablespoons olive oil
4 chicken or italian sausages, sliced
1/2 cup diced onion
3 garlic cloves, smashed, peeled and minced
2 cups fresh spinach; chopped
1/2 cup italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1 Tablespoon capers, drained and smashed
1 handful of fresh basil; chopped
2 cups of fresh marinara sauce
1 cup mozarella cheese (I used fresh moz)
Sprinkle of parmesan cheese (for the topping)

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut off the edges of the eggplant with a sharp knife. Then scoop out the middle of the eggplants. Rub with salt and let stand to sweat. Dice the inside of the eggplant meat that you scooped out. Rub about 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in and around the eggplant and place in oven for 20 minutes.

2. In the meantime..heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan, add the onions, garlic, and sausage. Use a wooden spatula to stir and cook for about 6-7 minutes. Then add 1 more Tablespoon of olive oil and add eggplant meat, spinach, capers, and basil. Cook for another 5 minutes or until sausage and eggplant is cooked completely. Stir in the breadcrumbs and take off heat.

3. Now for the stuffing part..stuff eggplant with cooked eggplant mixture and place in a baking dish. Ladle tomato sauce into the baking dish underneath the eggplant and a little bit on top of each eggplant.

4. Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 375 degrees F.

5. Uncover and add sliced mozzarella and parmesan cheese on top each of each eggplant to cover. Bake for another 5 minutes and then broil for another 5 minutes. Serve once cheese is melted..enjoy!
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Almond Crusted Baked Eggplant Chips

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I love this recipe because it is so unique. The eggplant and almonds good really well together and who knew they would make a great combination. The almonds give this an extra crunch and I like mine extra crispy because it makes it easier for dipping! This recipe is also healthy it makes the perfect snack or dinner side if you are trying to eat clean.

Yield: 6

Ingredients:
3 medium sized chinese eggplants, sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup ground almonds
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
To dip:
3/4 cup marinara sauce
1/4 cup pesto

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice until combined.

2. In another bowl, mix the almond flour, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and salt until combined.

3. Slice eggplant slices to about 1/4 inch thick and dip into the oil mixture, tapping off excess oil.
Coat in the almond flour mixture and set on a greased baking sheet.
*Spray slices with olive oil to make it extra crispy.

4. Bake for 15 minutes, flip slices, then bake for another 15 minutes. I like to serve my chips with a side of marinara and pesto sauce but its completely up to you!
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Mini Eggplant Pizzas

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Yield: 5

Ingredients:
1 eggplant; cut into ½ inch thick slices
¾ cup tomato sauce
½ cup mozzarella cheese
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh basil
garlic salt and pepper to taste

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spread eggplant slices on a greased cookie sheet and brush olive oil on each slice and then sprinkle garlic salt and pepper. Bake eggplant slices for 12 minutes. Let cool and leave oven on.
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2. Top each eggplant with tomato sauce, cheese, and fresh basil. Put back in oven until cheese is melted.
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