Spicy Middle Eastern Eggplant Slices

Eggplant is a staple in our house, but can get a bit boring.  Here is a fun, easy, quick and tasty way to do eggplant – without turning your house into a smelly mess!

Eggplant Slices

Spicy Middle Eastern Eggplant Slices

Ingredients

Eggplants (classic Italian, though you can use other large ones)

Parsley

Spicy Red Peppers

Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

Instructions

With a very sharp large knife, very carefully slice the eggplant vertically into 1/4 inch slices. Brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt & pepper and bake on parchment paper.  Turn the eggplant over once it begins to brown.  Cook until soft, but still slightly firm.  While your eggplant is cooking, in a jar with a lid mix 1/4 cup of quality olive oil with diced hot peppers and finely chopped parsley.  Shake vigorously and pour the mixture on the eggplants when they are finished cooking.

Eggplant TIPS:

1. Choose a firm, if not hard eggplant.  While many believe it’s seeds that make them bitter, it’s actually over ripeness eggplants.

2. Never store it in the refrigerator – eggplants are a warm weather veggie and do not do well refrigerated.

Read more on eggplants.

Spicy Broccoli with Mushrooms and Carrots

Broccoli is one of the tastiest vegetables if you cook it right.  The key to broccoli is flavor. In this recipe, I use aromatic spices, Sriacha sauce and the unami of mushrooms to make a delicious and healthy dish.  I added the walnuts for a bit of bitterness and because walnuts are healthy!

The finished product!
The finished product!

Spicy Broccoli with Mushrooms and Carrots

Ingredients:

Spices: 1 pinch of cumin/to taste, 1 tsp cardamom

Sriracha sauce to taste

Natural gray salt, fresh ground pepper

Broccoli

1 Carrot

1 Shallot (or more if it’s really small)

Coconut Oil

Walnuts

Instructions:

If you're on a raw diet - season and eat it now:)
If you’re on a raw diet – season and eat it now:)

Heat the coconut oil.  Dice the shallot semi-fine and put it into the oil.  Slowly mix the broccoli into the mix and cover it with a bit of oil and then stir in more.  Cut the mushrooms into 1/2 inch pieces and add them once the broccoli has started to cook.  Cook until the broccoli is cooked to your liking.  I like mine about half cooked:)

If you like broccoli very lightly cooked, take it out when it looks like this!
If you like broccoli very lightly cooked, take it out when it looks like this!

Walnuts TIP: Walnuts are one of my favorite nuts.  They’re so darn healthy and so tasty.  Walnut nutrition is here.