Eggplant Chickpea Stew Recipe

I like trying out new recipes in the kitchen, but I don’t especially enjoy cooking all day. And I definitely don’t like the clean up that follows! So here is a great Meatless Monday recipe that packs in veggies, fiber, and plenty of nutrients. It’s a quick one pot meal that packs big flavors. 

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I came up with this meal idea when I was visiting my parents in Florida this summer. My dad had eggplant growing in the garden and we were trying to figure out what to make with them. It turned out to be quite yummy and filling, too.

 

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Eggplant picked straight from the garden.

 

I like to do a little bit of prep to my eggplant before cooking it. Chop it into rounds or cubes and sprinkle with a bit of salt. This will help remove moisture from the eggplant, allowing it to absorb more flavor when cooked. Let your salted eggplant sweat it out for a minimum of 30 minutes. You can even leave it over night if you have the time.

 

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You’ll notice water at the bottom of the container your eggplant is sitting in and on top of the eggplant itself. Drain the water and dry the eggplant off.

One more item to prepare are your carrots. Be sure to wash them well, then chop ’em up!

 

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Got everything prepared? Great! Now it’s time to start cooking. Follow the simple instructions below.

 

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You can serve this stew a few different ways…

  • over a bed of spinach or other leafy greens
  • with quinoa or brown rice.
  • with a side of steamed broccoli or your favorite vegetable

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Let me know how you enjoyed this yummy dish!

 

xo,

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Eggplant Chickpea Stew
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This one pot meal offers great flavor and a quick dinner option on Meatless Monday (or any day!). It's packed with fiber and nutrients that will keep you satisfied for hours.
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2 servings
Servings
2 servings
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Eggplant Chickpea Stew
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This one pot meal offers great flavor and a quick dinner option on Meatless Monday (or any day!). It's packed with fiber and nutrients that will keep you satisfied for hours.
Servings
2 servings
Servings
2 servings
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Sautee the onions and garlic in a little extra virgin olive oil
  2. Add in chopped carrots, all the spices, and stir (you can add more spices again later as you taste it).
  3. Once carrots and onions have softened, add the cubed eggplant and tomato sauce. Let this simmer for 15 minutes. Taste and add more seasoning as needed.
  4. Add garbanzo beans last and let everything simmer for another 5 to 10minutes.
  5. You'll know it’s ready when the eggplant has softened and the stew has thickened up a bit.
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Sweet Potato Juice: Perfect for Fall!

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One of the staples of my diet include smoothies and juices. During the colder months, I find that using too much fruit (especially tropical fruits) makes me feel colder in a way. I still want my liquid nutrition so I swap out my usual juice recipes for more fall friendly ingredients.  Adding root vegetables, seasonal fruits and spices like ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom or cayenne can provide a “warming effect” and make your juice more appealing on a cold day.

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Here is one of my fall favorites – a sweet potato juice- along with the benefits of each ingredient. Yes, to my surprise, you CAN juice a sweet potato! This sweet and soothing juice packs a powerful anti-inflammatory punch, along with a surplus of antioxidants. It’s perfect for chilly fall days 🙂

What’s so great about this sweet potato juice?

Sweet Potato – Did you know these jewels have more nutrients than a white potato, with fewer calories? They also contain 400% of the daily needs of Vit A. It’s also important to note the immunity boost from the vitamin C and beta-carotene content.

Ginger – No only does it provide anti-inflammatory action, but it can also reduce muscle pain & soreness, improve brain function and help with indigestion

Red Pepper – This vegetables is great because it is rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and by rich I mean TWICE the daily recommendation. It’s also great for weightless because it’s low in calories but high in flavor and nutrition!

Carrots – Vitamin A, K, and B6 are among the few antioxidants included in this veggie. They aid in eye sight, fight infection and keep skin healthy.

Celery – Helps to relieve inflammation and eliminate toxins. Also, a great post-workout tonic as it rehydrates the body and replaces electrolytes and minerals.

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Sharing is Caring…

I hope you enjoy this sweet, delicious juice. Share the power of vegetables and fruits with your friends by telling them about this recipe. For more healthy food ideas be sure to follow me on instagram

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SWEET POTATO JUICE
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An anti-inflammatory, nutritional powerhouse that's perfect for fall.
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one 16oz. juice
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one 16oz. juice
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SWEET POTATO JUICE
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An anti-inflammatory, nutritional powerhouse that's perfect for fall.
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one 16oz. juice
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one 16oz. juice
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Servings: 16oz. juice
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Balsamic Roasted Carrots Recipe

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This week I was all about the carrots.  I may have inadvertently purchased a giant bag of them! So I thought to myself what am I going to do with all of these carrots? *lightbulb goes off*  Some of the carrots were destined to become soup, others were juiced, and the rest– balsamic roasted carrots! yum!

We already know how important it is to eat more veggies. If you don’t, you can read more about that here. One of the barriers to not getting enough veggies into our diet is just simply not knowing how to cook them and make them taste great. I’m no chef, but this simple carrot recipe is one delicious way to add some vegetables onto your plate.

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Carrots are full of Antioxidant Benefits

Yes carrots are abundant in beta-carotene (which converts into Vitamin A to promote healthy vision) but did you know it also has an abundance of other antioxidants? …like vitamin C, alpha-carotenoid, lutein, coumaric acid, cyanidins, and more good-for-you phytonutrients. The point is, all of these antioxidants help protect your heart, your vision, and even show cancer prevention benefits. So get some carrots in your life!

Why Carrots are a great side dish

They are easy to prepare and cheap. This recipe, in particular, pairs well with rice dishes and casseroles. I even heated them up and tossed them into my salad a few times.

If you’re purchasing organic carrots you won’t need to peel them but make sure you wash them well. Trim the tops and tips, chop into coins and toss them onto your baking tray with some parchment paper so they won’t stick. Let these babies roast in the oven for about 7 minutes until almost tender (test them by poking with a fork). In the meantime, get started on your sauce.

Balsamic vinegar is the bomb

The main ingredient to make these carrots the bomb is balsamic vinegar. Not balsamic vinaigrette. “Vinaigrette” usually indicates addition of oils and sugars whereas the balsamic vinegar should only contain grape must and possibly red wine vinegar (depending on brand). The moral of the story– check your labels.

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I love balsamic vinegar and use it for many of my sauces and salad dressings. It eliminates the need to use oil! Yay for less saturated fat. (Listen, if I’m going to eat saturated fats I rather have it in a more satisfying way you know like in a dessert!) So back to the balsamic vinegar.. Mix in each ingredient and taste your sauce as you add in each one. Add more or less apple cider vinegar (ACV) and agave depending on your preference. The goal is to obtain a nice balance of sweetness and acidity between the balsamic, ACV, and agave. Everyone’s palate is different so find the flavor profile that works best for you here.

By now your carrots are almost tender. Time to glaze them with the balsamic sauce. I like to add some more herbs provence seasoning on top of the carrots at this point just to make sure the flavor will be just right. Back into the oven they go to finish roasting. You’ll know they are ready when they are tender enough to poke through with a fork and have a slight caramel color.

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Eat up & Enjoy

I hope you enjoy this recipe and share it with your friends.  Let me know how your carrots turn out by leaving a comment below or snap a photo of your veggie filled plate and tag it #PrescribingHealth 

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Balsamic Roasted Carrots
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Try this recipe for beautiful, delicious baslamic roasted carrots. A perfect side dish to help add color and veggies to your plate. A simple, healthy recipe that anyone can make.
carrots recipe
Balsamic Roasted Carrots
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Try this recipe for beautiful, delicious baslamic roasted carrots. A perfect side dish to help add color and veggies to your plate. A simple, healthy recipe that anyone can make.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF
  2. Wash carrots well (no need to peel). Trim tops and ends. Chop into coins.
  3. Bake in oven on cookie sheet at 400ºF for about 7 mins or until almost tender.
  4. In separate bowl, mix all other ingredients.
  5. Once carrots are tender, pour balsamic mixture and continue baking for additional 10 minutes.
Recipe Notes

**Be sure to taste your sauce as you add in the agave, apple cider vinegar and garlic salt. You may want to add more or less of each depending on your taste preference **

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