The eggplant halves in this recipe are roasted in the oven until brown and the stuffed with a mixture of lightly seasoned quinoa, sautéed mushrooms, and other vegetables. It's easy to make, but the results are amazing! Don't limit yourself to the grains and vegetables in the recipe for the stuffing — any vegetables that you use will do! Experiment with different mixtures and enjoy.

Vegetable-Stuffed Baked Eggplant [Vegan]

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Ingredients

  • 4 eggplants
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 4 mushrooms
  • 1/2 sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 tomato

For the Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • Black olives
  • Fresh thyme and oregano
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
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Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut the eggplants in half, leaving the tops on and score the surface of the flesh with a knife.
  3. Place face-up on a baking tray up, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until soft.
  5. Gently fry the onions, garlic, mushrooms, all other vegetables, and quinoa until golden brown.
  6. Remove the flesh from the roasted eggplants and stuff with vegetable mixture.
  7. Drizzle with olive oil, return to oven for a final five minutes, until crispy brown.
  8. Sprinkle with toppings to your liking and serve warm.
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