Goat Cheese Gets Wrapped Up with Baba Ganoush and Veggies

I recently found a new love-Baba Ganoush (sorry hummus) and am finding wonderful ways of using it wherever I can. After a morning at the doctor’s for my son and a quick trip to the local Fresh and Easy for some crisp new veggies and whole grain bread counterparts, I was craving a refreshing lunch.

I just bought some Lavash Wraps-they looked so good-and had full intent of making a veggie wrap with the Baba Ganoush I had in my fridge. This is what I created and not one morsel remained on my plate. Guilt free and clean eating all the way!

Spinach and Tomato Lavash Wrap with Goat Cheese and Baba Ganoush

2 oz soft goat cheese
1/4 cup Baba Ganoush
1 tomato, sliced in thin wedges
1 cup spinach
1 tsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
Spread lavash wrap with goat cheese.
Spread on baba Ganoush and top evenly with tomatoes. (Oh look, a stray olive in that baba ganoush!)
Spread spinach evenly. Drizzle with olive oil and dashes of salt and pepper.
Roll tightly, short end to short end. Cut into 4 slices.

Serves 1 or 2. I ate the whole thing at just around 400 calories.
Now I’m just thinking, ‘when can I have another?’

Dipping in Eggplant-Baba Ganoush

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I’ve always been a big fan of hummus, a creamy, savory spread made with chickpeas, tahini, and olive oil. I spread it on my veggies, on my pitas, use as a substitute for mayo, or dollop on falafels. I’m sorry hummus, but I’ve found a new love. A low carb, high fiber eggplant dip originating in the Middle East called Baba Ganoush. I’ve heard of this delicious spread and dip before, but have never tried it. Well, of course I’m all for trying new things. I absolutely love it!

I have had baba ganoush with pita chips, spread it on my egg sandwich this morning and even made a delectable Spinach and Tomato Lavash Wrap with Goat Cheese and Baba Ganoush for lunch. I think I’m obsessed and will be sure to have this on hand all the time.

Baba Ganoush

1 large eggplant
1/4 cup tahini
3 garlic cloves, pressed
1/4 cup lemon or lime juice
3/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tb olive oil
1 Tb fresh flat leaf parsley or 1 tsp dried parsley
5 kalamatta olives, sliced in half

Preheat oven to 375 F. Place eggplant over stove top burner flame on medium heat and roast, rotating and allowing skin to blacken and blister on all sides, about 5 minutes-8 minutes.

Place eggplant on cookie sheet transfer to oven. Bake 20-25 or until soft.

Allow to cool slightly. Peel off skin.

In food processor, pulse eggplant until smooth. Pour pureed eggplant into a medium bowl. Combine eggplant puree, tahini, garlic, lime juice, cumin and salt. Mix gently. Drizzle with olive oil, olives and parsley.

Serve with flat bread, pita chips, vegetables or spread on a sandwich.

Makes 8 – 1/4 cup servings or 16 – 2 Tb servings. Prep 10 min. Cook 35 min.

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Eggplant with Rice Noodles-Super Kid Friendly

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I love fresh garden vegetables. Especially when they are a gift. My daddy has been bringing in an abundance of tomatoes (going to find a use for those soon) to the office everyday. Just recently he brought in two beautiful eggplants. I immediately thought of eggplant parmesan, or the Gluten Free Baked Eggplant Fries I’ve made recently. When I was scavenging the web for a Korean Dipping Sauce to go with the eggplant fries, I came across a few Chinese Stir Fry recipes featuring eggplant. So I decided to put together a new recipe for my family.

Hearty eggplants boasting with garlic, savory oyster sauce and touch of sweetness from sugar, this pairs well with tender rice noodles tossed in a nutty sesame oil. This meal is filling and full of flavor. It was a hit with everyone, including my finicky shark! He said it tasted like mushrooms, and he loves mushrooms! And it’s GFCF, autism friendly.
I set aside the other eggplant for some Baba Ganoush (recipe coming soon), an Indian eggplant dip, to spread on my veggie and goat cheese low carb wrap for this week.
Eggplant in Garlic Sauce with Rice Noodles


Eggplant in Garlic Sauce:
1 large eggplant, cubed
2 Tb peanut oil
dash salt
1 cup chicken broth (or plain water)
1 tsp cornstarch
2 Tb soy sauce
2 Tb oyster sauce
2 Tb sugar
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
chili paste, for garnish, if desired

Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add eggplant with dash salt. Cook and stir until tender, about 10 minutes. Combine remaining ingredients, except chili paste, in glass bowl and pour over eggplant.

Reduce heat to medium. Cook and stir until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Serve over rice noodles, about 1 cup per serving.

Rice Noodles:
6-8 cups water
8 oz packaged flat rice noodles
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp sesame seeds, black or white

Heat water in large pot to boiling. Add rice noodles. Bring back to boil. Allow to boil, stirring occasionally, until noodles are tender, about 7 minutes.

Pour noodles into colander and rinse. Drain well. Transfer noodles to large bowl, drizzle with sesame oil and rice vinegar, and add sesame seeds. The sesame oil mixture adds a great nutty flavor, as well as prevents the noodles from sticking to each other.

Toss well. Using tongs, portion onto 4 serving plates, about 1 cup noodles each and top with eggplant mixture. Garnish with chili paste, if desired.

Serves 4. Prep 10. Cook 25.

I hope you all enjoy this dish as much as we did. I wish I had leftovers for lunch this week, but sadly for me, there weren’t any left.

Eggplant in Garlic Sauce with Rice Noodles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 385 calories

Fat 10 g

Carbs 69 g

Protein 6 g

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Eggplant in Garlic Sauce with Rice Noodles

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 10

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

    For the Eggplant in Garlic Sauce

  • 1 large eggplant, cubed
  • 2 Tb peanut oil
  • dash salt
  • 1 cup chicken broth (or plain water)
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tb soy sauce
  • 2 Tb oyster sauce
  • 2 Tb sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tb chili paste, for garnish, if desired
  • For the Rice Noodles

  • 8 oz packaged flat rice noodles
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds, black or white

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add eggplant with dash salt. Cook and stir until tender, about 10 minutes. If you are adding tofu, add it in now.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients, except chili paste, in glass bowl and pour over eggplant.
  4. Reduce heat to medium. Cook and stir until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. For Noodles: Heat water in large pot to boiling. Add rice noodles. Bring back to boil. Allow to boil, stirring occasionally, until noodles are tender, about 7 minutes.
  7. Pour noodles into colander and rinse. Drain well.
  8. Transfer noodles to large bowl, drizzle with sesame oil and rice vinegar, and add sesame seeds.
  9. Serve eggplant mixture over rice noodles, about 1 cup per serving.

Notes

*Finicky shark tip: omit red pepper flakes and add 1 Tb peanut butter to the sauce, for a sweeter, nuttier flavor.*Kick it up a notch tip: add 1 sliced jalapeno, 1 Tb peanut butter, and 4 oz firm tofu. Toss with noodles.**Note, this dish could be made Vegetarian or Vegan, using plain water in lieu of chicken broth, and substituting 2 Tb Hoison Sauce in place of the oyster sauce and sugar. May alter flavor slightly.

*Finicky shark tip: omit red pepper flakes and add 1 Tb peanut butter to the sauce, for a sweeter, nuttier flavor.

*Kick it up a notch tip: add 1 sliced jalapeno, 1 Tb peanut butter, and 4 oz firm tofu. Toss with noodles.

**Note, this dish could be made Vegetarian or Vegan, using plain water in lieu of chicken broth, and substituting 2 Tb Hoison Sauce in place of the oyster sauce and sugar. May alter flavor slightly.

Do you have a favorite Asian stir fry rice noodle dish?