Eggplant. Blech. Am I right?!

This vegetable used to be the bane of my existence.  Dumbfounding me every summer when it started popping up in Farmer’s Markets.  I so wanted to love it and I tried to make it delicious but it wouldn’t cooperate!  Well this year we purchased a CSA.  Basically you pay the farmer in advance so he can purchase seeds and materials and in return you get delicious vegetables throughout the growing season.  All was going well until they started putting eggplant in our boxes.  I was determined to not let my money go to waste so I had to find some delicious recipes for eggplant.  Enter Ratatouille and Baba Ganoush.  These two recipes turn eggplant from disgusting to divine! Don’t let the weird names scare you; they are actually pretty simple and very delicious!

I used this recipe for the ratatouille with just a few minor changes.  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/ratatouille-recipe0.html

I used whatever color bell pepper I had, dried herbs, and zucchini if I didn’t have squash.  Just use what you got! It’s a forgiving recipe.  I served it over brown rice to bulk it up a bit for the hubs.  We had ratatouille for days!

Now, onto Baba Ganoush!  There are tons of different variations and recipes out there.  Feel free to change it up and experiment!  This is a pretty basic recipe but soooo delicious.  All the people in my house love it.  Elizabeth ate it with a spoon.

Baba Ganoush

2 small Eggplants (or 1 large)

2-3 cloves Garlic

2Tbsp Olive Oil

2Tbsp Tahini

Juice of 1 Lemon

1 tsp Cumin

Salt and Pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cut eggplant in half lengthwise and rub with a little oil. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and roast 30-45 minutes or until soft.
  3. While the eggplant cools combine the rest of the ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  4. When the eggplant is cool enough to handle scoop out the flesh and place in your food processor. Pulse a few times just until combined.

Enjoy with pita chips, tortilla chips, crackers, veggies, as a spread for your sandwich, or just eat it with a spoon!

See you next time friends!

Hello world!

Hello everyone! Thank you for taking the time to check out my new little space of creativity!

I resisted starting a blog for so long…like years.  I kept saying “everyone and their momma has a blog nowadays! I dont want to be trendy.”  But the reality is it was based on fear and self doubt.  As soon as I would get excited about the idea negative thoughts would flood my head and sit there until I talked myself out of it. Things like “there are already blogs about the things you want to blog about, yours won’t be different.  Nobody will read it.  You are not a writer. You don’t have any credentials.  Why should people listen to you?  You didn’t even finish college.  How are you going to tell people about nutrition if you don’t have a degree?  How are you going to tell people about mothering when you just yelled at your precious 2 year old? Or about Jesus when you are such a poor representation of him.” (Sidenote: That is kind of the entire point.)  Those thoughts held me captive and stole my joy.  But no more.  God is cool like that.  He takes those negative things that you think about yourself and he daily replaces them with His truth.  He pulls you in close and says “Let me tell you who you REALLY are.  You are my beloved.  My daughter.  Chosen. Beautiful to me. Capable because I created you and I am in you.  Strong in me.  Redeemed.

So dear friends please bear with me and give me grace as I learn how to do this.  I am so technologically challenged it’s sad.  I will have a few recipes for you soon to help use up some of that summer produce that grows so abundantly this time of year.  Think tomatoes, zucchini, and eggplant.  Yum!