If you haven’t heard about it Amy at Long Drive Journey has started a new link-up! She is featuring one veggie and one fruit each month and challenging her readers to come up with new recipes using the featured ingredient. I think it’s a fab idea and am so excited about joining in on this month’s link-up. For August the vegetable is eggplant and the fruit is strawberries. I’ll be honest, I was a bit dismayed when I heard the first veggie pick was eggplant. It is probably my least favourite vegetable. I find it can be bland and doesn’t always sit well in my tummy. But I vowed to conquer my distaste and give this veggie a second shot! (Plus I love Amy and there was no way I wasn’t going to participate). I jumped the gun a bit by posting before the end of the month but patience has never really been my strong-suit.
The problem? Baba Ghanoush can be loaded with fat and calories. Unnecessary fat and calories in my opinion. Now you know I’m not afraid to eat fat (hello nut butter!) but I would prefer to not use up my daily quota in two tablespoons of dip. At the same time I am not willing to sacrifice taste. So I got to work and this is my result. I could not be more pleased! With a side of carrots and Mary’s Gone Crackers (my fav!) I ate half of the dip by myself. But here’s the thing, this entire recipe is only 230 calories and 5 grams of fat. Regular Baba Ghanoush averages around 363 calories and 30 grams of fat (source). This makes for a perfect snack that you don’t have to feel guilty about.
Now it’s time to start preparing my strawberry dish…
- 1 large eggplant
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 T plain 0% greek yogurt
- 1/4 tsp dried cumin (optional)
- salt & pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Chop eggplant in half and place cut sides down on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat.
- Roast eggplant for 20-25 mins or until tender.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
- Once cool scoop out eggplant flesh and place in food processor or high-speed blender.
- Add all other ingredients.
- Pulse until well combined.