Eggplant Panini

The panini recipe is so easy and incredibly delicious & healthy!  I absolutely love eggplant because it has that “meaty” taste and with the fresh herbs and mozzarella it just melts in your mouth.  Serve with my delicious homemade baked sweet potato fries and you will be in health eating-heaven! 🙂

eggplantpanini

 

What you will need:

  • 1 eggplant sliced thin
  • olive oil
  • garlic, chopped
  • basil
  • French bread or bread of choice
  • arugula
  • fresh mozzarella sliced
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • ground pepper to taste
  • Panini maker or small grill

Directions:

1. In medium bowl, mix sliced eggplant, chopped garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil, chopped basil, ground paper to taste.

2. In a large pan, pan-grill the eggplant for about 7 minutes on each side, until crispy.  (you can also grill the eggplant if you choose.)

3. Once eggplant is cooked, take french bread and add a little olive oil to bread.

4.  Stack eggplant, tomatoes, basil, arugula, and sliced mozzarella onto sandwich.

5. Spray panini maker with non stick oil (i used coconut oil) and press.  Cook for 3-5 minutes.

6. Enjoy.  Serve with my homemade sweet potato fried recipe is here.

Baked Chickpea Burgers

I am giving up meat for lent and on top of that I have been trying to eat clean most of the time for a few weeks now. I have been avoiding white flour, cheese, and all packaged foods for the most part and it definitely makes the body feel stronger and healthier! Every night I have been trying new recipes so that my husband will not go crazy going meatless. And no, he is not giving it up for lent- I am the chef of the house so what I eat, he eats! 🙂
Anyway, this is what I made last night for dinner and it was delicious, easy, meatless, and clean.

chickpeacollage
Time: 45 mins (plus time to bake)

Makes: 7-8 medium sized patties
•2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
•2/3 cup of cooked quinoa
•1 egg (replace for Vegan)
•1/4 cup of chopped onion, plus an other 1/4 cup
•2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
•1/2 tsp cumin
•1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
•1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
•1/4 tsp parsley
•a little freshly ground salt and pepper

First, set your oven to 350.

Then mix all your ingreidents together. I don’t have a food processor mixer so I got down and dirty & used my hands. I heavily mixed and smushed everything together together until its all mixed completely. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes per side, flipping halfway through. You can put this over a salad or on a whole grain bun. I added some red onions, tomatoes, and lettuce. It was so delicious. I also served with homemade sweet potato fries and you can find the recipe here