Falafel Stuffed Eggplant

Happy Friday guys! Today’s recipe is Falafel Stuffed Eggplant – or should I say Eggplant Salad. 🙂 I seriously struggled with the title, but it is basically an eggplant stuffed with falafel, corn & peppers salad. Or is it? I hope you get my point. 🙂

Falafel Stuffed Eggplant

Whatever you decide to call it, this Stuffed Eggplant is super delicious. I used tinned corn, roasted peppers and falafels which were leftovers from the day before. Eggplant and falafels taste really well together. 🙂 The eggplant was hanging alone in the fridge for a few days now so I had to figure out a way/recipe to use it and not waste it (which I hate). That makes it a leftover too, right. It turns out this recipe is made of leftovers. 🙂 So this is what I came up with – Falafel Stuffed Eggplant.

Falafel Stuffed Eggplant

All you have yo do is to bake the eggplant. I cooked it as it is, whole, for about 20 minutes and then simply stuffed it with the rest of the ingredients. To make the falafels, check the recipe here Easy Falafel Pita. They’re pretty simple too. The recipe is with pita bread, but these tasty balls can go on anything – salads, sandwiches, bread, pita, veggies.

Falafel Stuffed Eggplant

Here’s how to make the Falafel Stuffed Eggplant

Falafel Stuffed Eggplant

Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant
  • 3-4 falafels (recipe on the blog)
  • 150g tinned corn
  • 1 roasted red pepper, chopped
  • a bunch of fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • sour cream for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Place the eggplant on a greased baking tray and cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until ready.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the corn, roasted peppers, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and coriander. Mix well.
  4. Stuff the eggplant with the salad and add the falafels on top.
  5. Serve with some sour cream.
  6. Enjoy!
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What is happening to the weather, seriously? I had to turn my lights on this morning and the rain was literally pouring when I had to head out. I know it’s probably normal, I simply can’t get over it and not complain about it. As if it’s gonna get better when complaining. At least we got some sunshine at noon ( for about 15 minutes). But let’s concentrate on the positive (meaning my recipe) stuff..

Falafel Stuffed Eggplant

I hope you guys like this recipe. Stay tuned for more quick, easy and tasty recipes coming very soon. xx

Falafel Stuffed Eggplant

Harissa Roasted Chickpeas with Grilled Veggies

Happy Wednesday guys! Recipe of the day is Harissa Roasted Chickpeas with Grilled Veggies – a simple but so delicious bowl with lots of flavour and love! 🙂

Harissa Roasted Chickpeas with Grilled Veggies

This time of the year I feel so excited about vegetables! I just love preparing veggie bowls with lots of different vegetables in them and some other goodies, of course. What I’m trying to say is that Summer, for me, equals lots of salads and veggie bowls. 🙂

This one particular was one of these ‘clean my fridge meals’. I used some leftovers I had and vegetables that were about to go off. It turned out quite yummy. Apart from the chickpeas, I added some grilled eggplant, grilled peppers, feta cheese, some wholemeal pita bread and a generous serving of my homemade sun-dried tomato pesto. The pesto is super simple to make – just blitz together sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, basil, olive oil and Parmesan, if you’d like (I didn’t use any Parmesan this time). Season with salt and lemon juice and enjoy! Yum! It was quite a lot, to be honest, but I saved some for the next day. 🙂

Also, you can easily make some wraps using the ingredients from the bowl, apart from the pita bread of course. Thy will make a healthy and delicious lunch. 🙂

Harissa Roasted Chickpeas with Grilled Veggies

This recipe is perfect for using up your leftover veggies from your bbq. Just add some feta cheese, chickpeas and this yummy pesto and you’ve got yourself a lovely lunch. 🙂

The chickpeas are cooked with a few spoons of harissa paste. They were absolutely delicious but I was a bit disappointed. I expected them to be quite hot but they turned out just a tiny bit spicy. Next time I should probably use the whole jar. 🙂

Here’s how to make the Harissa Roasted Chickpeas with Grilled Veggies bowl

Harissa Roasted Chickpeas with Grilled Veggies

Harissa Roasted Chickpeas with Grilled Veggies

Ingredients

  • 200g chickpeas, roasted
  • 2tbsp harissa paste
  • 1 eggplant, sliced and grilled
  • 2 peppers, grilled
  • 1 wholemeal pita bread, cut into pieces
  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled
  • For the sun-dried tomato pesto"
  • 7-8 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 7-8 basil leaves
  • 50g pine nuts
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • salt

Instructions

  1. You can easily use tinned chickpeas and then gently cook them with the harissa paste for a few minutes. Or roast your chickpeas with some harissa paste. Make sure to stir them occasionally though.
  2. To make the pesto - simply blitz the ingredients together.
  3. To arrange the bowl - add the chickpeas, sliced eggplant and peppers, pita chips, some crumbled feta cheese and a spoon of the sun-dried tomato pesto.
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Harissa Roasted Chickpeas

I hope you guys like this recipe. Stay tuned for more Summer inspired ones very soon. xx

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wraps

Happy Meatless Monday guys! Today’s recipe is Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wraps – healthy, tasty and really simple to make, loaded with grilled veggies, halloumi & chickpeas.

Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wraps

I’ve actually made the salad in advance and then thought it would be a good idea to have it in a wrap. The salad was quite similar to the one here – MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad, almost the same actually. All I added was some chickpeas and grilled halloumi, oh and some sweet tomato sauce.

The result was really tasty and quite filling. These wraps are not only healthy but they will keep you full for longer. And that was a great way for me to clean up my fridge. 🙂 Every time I do that the result is quite delicious. 🙂

I absolutely hate wasting food so I make sure I use every bit of food left in my fridge. Well, sometimes this is not possible but most of the time I manage to use everything I have left. 🙂

Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wrap

They’re perfect for a healthy lunch or a snack on the go. Why not make a few ahead and sort your lunch during the week. I actually really recommend prepping your lunch in advance, of course if it’s possible. From what I know and have experienced quite often as I’m starving I grab not so healthy and tasty options which I usually regret afterwards. However, If there’s a healthy meal ready in the fridge, I’m more than happy to satisfy my hunger with it. Not only that, but making your meals in advance saves me a lot of time. By the time I collect the kids from nursery and we get home, we are all starving. But my first priority is to settle them for lunch and feed them. If there’s nothing prepped for me I usually grab whatever I find in the fridge, which as I mentioned might not be the best option. 🙂

Here’s how to make the Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wraps

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wraps

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wraps

Ingredients

  • 4-5 flour tortilla wraps
  • 1 grilled zucchini, sliced
  • 1 grilled eggplant, sliced
  • 150g halloumi cheese, grilled and sliced
  • 100g chickpeas, cooked
  • 2tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix the bulgur with grilled veggies and halloumi cheese.
  2. Add the chickpeas, tomato sauce and then season with salt, olive oil and lemon juice.
  3. Mix the salad well and fill in the tortillas with it and closed the wraps.
  4. Ideal for lunch or a snack on the go!
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Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wraps

I hope you enjoy this recipes. Stay tuned for more and let’s hope for some warm and sunny days soon. 🙂

Quail Egg Eggplant Pizzas

Happy Eggplant Friday guys!

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It’s been a week since my last post but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working.

I’ve got some really interesting and delicious recipes coming up so stay tuned.

Also, as you might notice, my website’s been to a major transition and I do hope you like this new image. Well, there’s still quite a lot of work to be done, but step by step, right?

Did I say Eggplant Friday 🙂 As you already see this is to do with the recipe I’m sharing with you today. I might be a bit obsessed with these Mini Pizzas 🙂

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So let’s focus on the recipe of the day – Eggplant or Aubergine, if you prefer Mini Pizzas. I topped them up with sun-dried tomatoes, which I love, Parmesan cheese and then a quail egg on top.

To be honest, I wasn’t really planning to use quail eggs but they were kind of sitting in front of me and asking to be used 🙂 And not only they are healthier than regular eggs but they’ve got in times more nutrients than chicken eggs. So these Eggplant Pizzas are kind of like Super Food Pizzas 🙂

The whole recipe was like one of those ‘clean my fridge’ recipes but it turned out soooo good, everybody loved it. And I used only one eggplant which was not enough at all.

Not only these Mini Eggplant Pizzas are super tasty, but they are also very pretty. I think they would be ideal for  party canapes when you’d really like to impress your guests. In addition, they are gluten-free, so if you love pizza, but for some reason cannot have gluten, try these! You will absolutely love them!

Here’s what you need for these beautiful bites.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 eggplant, thinly sliced
  • 200g sun-dried tomatoes
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • about 10 quail eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil

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Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Grease a baking tray and arrange the eggplant slices. Drizzle some olive and season with salt and pepper. Cook in the oven for about 15 minutes.
  2. Remove from the oven and start topping them up. Start with the sun-dried tomatoes, add one or two, depending how big are your eggplant slices. Add the grated Parmesan cheese and then finish with a quail egg on top.
  3. Place back in the oven and cook for about 10 minutes or until ready. If wished, sprinkle some thyme.

Enjoy!

Tip: Why not use the olive oil from the sun-dried tomatoes’ jar. Thus, you won’t waste anything and will add extra tomato flavour to your Mini Pizzas!

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If you, like me love eggplants, why not check these recipes out, I promise thy are more than delicious:

Stuffed Eggplants with Beef & Cheese

Stuffed Grilled Eggplants with Grilled Chicken, Roasted Peppers & Dill Salad

 

MM: Eggplant, Tomato & Mozzarella Bake

So here it is – my Meatless Monday recipe – Eggplant, Tomato & Mozzarella Bake!

This is one of my favourite recipes and one of the recipes I make almost every other week.It is simply delicious – lots of melted mozzarella cheese on layers of grilled eggplants and sweet tomato sauce.Also it’s one of those fancy looking recipes but I can assure you, it’s very easy to make and budget – friendly.

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Here’s how to make the Eggplant, Tomato & Mozzarella Bake.

  • Meatless Monday: Eggplant, Tomato & Mozzarella Bake

    Meatless Monday: Eggplant, Tomato & Mozzarella Bake

    Ingredients

    • 2 eggplants, sliced
    • 2 cans chopped tomatoes (about 400g each can)
    • 400g mozzarella, sliced
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 2tbsp brown sugar
    • 1tsp salt
    • 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1tbsp oregano, dry

    Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/394°F.
    2. Dip the eggplant slices into the beaten eggs and arrange them on a greased baking tray. Bake for about 15 minutes.
    3. To prepare the tomato sauce - in a pot, empty the tomato cans, add the olive oil, salt, sugar and oregano. Mix well. Leave it on the hob for about 15 minutes.
    4. Finally - start arranging the baked eggplants, pour some of the tomato sauce and finish with the sliced mozzarella. Repeat and make one more layer.
    5. Sprinkle some more oregano on top and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until ready.
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Tip: To make a spicy tomato sauce – add 1tbsp dry chillies!:)