The Eggplant Controversy….

GUESS WHAT?!

I joined a CSA! Check this out! My father in-law’s 2nd cousin (did you catch that?) owns the local community farm, so we decided to buy a share. Thursday, we picked up our first harvest of the season. I was so excited to dig in! We received one “controversial” vegetable…. the EGGPLANT! 

 My mother in-law and sister in-law firmly declared their distaste for this defenseless little vegetable, while my father in-law praised its amazing taste and flavor…. when cover in batter and deep fried!!!!

THE HORROR!

Determined to change all of their minds, I set out to create a healthy and delicious meal featuring our eggplant, and the rest of our gorgeous, local produce.
The result was a resounding success! Everyone now likes eggplant, and we can live happily ever after!

BON APPETIT!

Ratatouille
(Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 Tblsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 large Eggplant, chopped
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Zucchini, chopped
  • 2 Yellow Squash, chopped
  • 2 “palmfuls” Thyme
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 (28oz) can Eden Foods Just Diced Tomatoes (Eden cans are BPA Free and have no salt added!)
  • 1/2 cup fresh Basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh Italian Parsley, chopped
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar

Directions:

  1. Place the chopped eggplant in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Allow to “sweat” about 20 minutes. Rinse. Dry.
  2. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the eggplant and saute about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the other chopped vegetables and garlic and saute until soft, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the remaining ingredients, reduce heat to medium, and allow to reduce, about 8-10 minutes.
  7. Serve over Polenta!
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5 thoughts on “The Eggplant Controversy….

  1. Eggplants are controversial for another reason. It surprised me, but eggplants are actually a part of the nightshades family which have been shown to be pro-inflammatory for some people. This is particularly important for celiacs and gluten intolerant individuals as the gut lining is already compromised. If you notice a reaction you may want to steer clear.

  2. I don't believe eggplants are controversial at all. Our family LOVES them. Sliced and grilled with a little olive oil, salt, & pepper. sliced, battered, and deep-fried is so yummy. With food allergies I try to embrace all veggies or be bored. Congrats on joining the CSA.

  3. i love me some eggplant. i always make baba ganoush, or sometime eggplant parm. i think i'll whip up some ratatouille the next time i have one around. looks scrumptious!

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