RECIPE IDEA: Lentil Rice Stuffed Roasted Eggplant, a 3-in-1 Recipe
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Hi. It’s Lois at Recipe Idea Shop with a 3-in-1 recipe for you today. I made this Lentil Rice Stuffed Roasted Eggplant recipe and realized the stuffing (which I had left over because I only roasted two eggplants) would be excellent alone or with an egg on top. So delicious! Make it once and get three amazing meals. I especially liked it with an egg on top.
It looks complicated because there are six basic steps to the recipe, but some are done simultaneously:
- Cook the rice.
- Cook the lentils.
- Sauté the vegetables.
- Roast the eggplant.
- Mix lentils, rice and vegetables, and stuff the eggplant. Bake.
- Toast the pine nuts and sprinkle them on top.
Too Many Eggplants
Don went to the Harrisonburg Farmer’s Market last Saturday and came home with four small eggplants. He loves eggplants. Ooops. We already had four eggplants from the previous week that I hadn’t cooked. So we were definitely having eggplant for supper on Saturday. And Sunday. I made a Butternut Ratatouille (with eggplant, of course) on Sunday. I’ll tell you about that next week.
Toasting Pine Nuts
Saturday night we had Lentil Rice Stuffed Roasted Eggplant, topped with toasted pine nuts. Pine nuts taste creamy and rich to me. I love them toasted atop casseroles (do people use that word anymore?) and salads. To roast the pine nuts, I spread them out in a single layer and broil them in my toaster oven. My Black & Decker toaster oven is so cool, because you can simply broil something the same way you make toast (but on broil), by turning the timer dial to the darkness you prefer. It makes it super simple.
If you don’t have a toaster oven, you can “toast” the pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat for a few minutes. But you have to watch it like a hawk and periodically stir them so you don’t go from uncooked to burned in about two seconds. Or you can broil them in your regular oven for a minute or two. That option is the hardest for this ADD girl. I tend to burn them every time because I get distracted. So I LOVE my toaster oven.
Read on for recipe and nutrition (3 ways)……