Thursday, April 9, 2009

Recipe of the Month - Eggplant Tahini

- 2 1/2 T. coconut oil
- 1 large eggplant
- 4 C. water
- 5 T. lemon juice
- 1/4 C. tahini (sesame seed paste)
- 2 T. fresh garlic, peeled & finely chopped
- 4 T. olive oil
- 1/2 C. red bell peppers, sliced
- 1/2 C. yellow bell peppers, sliced
- 1 C. roma or plum tomatoes, diced
- Sea salt & black pepper
- 2 T. fresh dill, chopped

Preheat oven to 375ยบ. Grease a small to medium- sized baking dish with coconut oil. Use a fork to pierce the eggplant several times, then place it in the baking dish.Bake until tender, about 45-50 minutes. Allow cooked eggplant to cool enough for you to handle it; you can place it in a large bowl of cold water to cool quickly. Remove the peel once you are able to handle it. Drain in colander until eggplant cools completely. Squeeze pulp to eliminate bitter juices, then process until smooth in a food processor.

To the eggplant puree, add lemon juice, tahini, and garlic, and process again to bring all ingredients together. In a large bowl, combine pureed eggplant mixture, olive oil, red and yellow bell peppers, tomatoes, fresh dill, sea salt, and black pepper and toss. Serve on a bed of your favorite whole grain or with toasted pita chips!

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