Eggplant Hoisin


4 T vegetable oil, divided use
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
3 T soy sauce, low sodium
1 T sweet soy sauce
1 T sesame oil
1 T ginger rice vinegar
1 green pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks
1 cup red onion, cut into chunks
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 t ginger, minced
4 green onions, thin sliced, white and light green only
3 small Asian eggplants, about 4 cups sliced

Serve with: brown rice and either dumplings or steam buns Read More

Ratatouille with Mushrooms and Tomatoes


3 T olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 t dried basil
1/8 t ground black pepper
1/4 t turmeric
2 twists of kosher salt
1 medium globe eggplant, cubed
1 zucchini, sliced
1/2 sweet onion, sliced
2 banana peppers, deseeded, deveined, and cut into 1inch strips
1 bell pepper, deseeded, deveined, and cut into 1 inch strips
8 oz small cremini mushrooms, rinsed, dried, and thickly sliced
2 large tomatoes, chopped, about 1 1/2 cups
2 T parsley, roughly chopped
1 t lemon juice Read More

Crispy Pork and Eggplant Stir-Fry


Serves 4


1/2 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 T soy sauce
1 1/2 T aged balsamic vinegar
1 T dark sesame oil
1 t hot chili oil
2 T dark brown sugar
4 scallions, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 t ginger, minced
2 T peanut oil
1 lb lean ground pork
1 lb Chinese Eggplants, 1-2 eggplants
1 cup uncooked Jasmine rice
Garnish: crushed red pepper flakes and 2 scallions, chopped Read More

Eggplant Parmesan Lasagne

lasagne slice

Serves 12


1 sweet onion, chopped
1-2 T olive oil
1 large or 2 small/medium Asian eggplant (or 6 large Fairy Tale eggplants)
10 oz spinach
1 (15 oz) container ricotta
1 lb fresh mozzarella, cut into small pieces
3 eggs
1 T garlic powder (more if your sauce is not garlicky enough)
1 t oregano
1/4 t ground black pepper
5 cups marinara or other more garlicky pasta sauce
15 large fresh basil leaves, rinsed, torn, and added to the sauce
12 sheets no-boil lasagne noodles, less than one 9 oz package
2 cups grated Parmesan cheese, divided use Read More

Ratatouille Lasagne


Serves 12


1/2 large sweet onion, thinly sliced to 2 inch lengths
2 medium bell peppers, thinly sliced to 2 inch lengths
2 medium zucchini, yellow or green, sliced into 1/4 inch thick rounds
1 small eggplant, rinsed, patted dry, ends cut off, and sliced into 1/4 inch lengths
2-3 T olive oil
1 (15 oz) container ricotta, low-fat is fine
1 lb fresh mozzarella, shredded or chopped
3 eggs
1/4 t ground black pepper
3 t garlic powder
1 t thyme
1/2 t Mediterranean oregano
4 cups marinara or garlicky pasta sauce
1 (9 oz) box no-boil lasagne noodles
2 cups grated Parmesan cheese, divided use
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Eggplant Parmesan



3 medium sized young eggplants with firm skin and a beautiful green stem
1 egg thinned with two tablespoons of water
1/2 cup panko, regular, Italian, or my favorite Garlic panko
1 t dried garlic
3 cups garlicky spaghetti sauce
2 eggs, beaten
4 oz Parmigiano Reggiano
2 t dried garlic
12-24 basil leaves, rinsed, patted dry, and torn in half
16 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced
2 oz grated Pecorino Romano
fresh cracked black pepper to taste Read More