Eggplant Quinoa Bake 

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 60 minutes 
Yields: 4-6 servings


Ingredients

2 large eggplants, sliced 1/2 inch thick

1.5 cups quinoa, cooked (directions are below)

1 cup riced cauliflower; you can buy ready to use or rice it yourself in a blender or shredder 

8-10 ripe medium size tomatoes, diced 

1 cup shredded goat cheese

1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped

3 tsp dried oregano
Salt and pepper

Red chili flakes (optional) 


Directions

1. Preheat oven to 370 degrees.
2. Prepare quinoa per below instructions and set aside. I always make a big batch and freeze half for later use, big time saver.
3. Place sliced eggplant on a large baking sheet, brush lightly with 1 tbsp olive oil.
4. Cook sliced eggplant for about 15-20 mins at 370 until golden, flip and cook for another 5-10 minutes.
5. Next we will prepare the tomato sauce, by sautéing 1/2 the onions in olive oil for 5 mins on medium heat. Once onions are cooked tender, add 1/2 minced garlic and sauté 2 minutes. (Alternatively, you can skip steps 5 and 6 by using a quality ready made tomato sauce).
6. Add diced tomatoes then season with 1/2 oregano, salt and pepper. Let it cook, bringing it to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 10 minutes covered. Once ready use a hand blender to make the sauce smooth. 
7. Saute the other 1/2 of the onions in olive oil for 5 mins on medium heat. Once onions are cooked tender, add the other 1/2 minced garlic and sauté 2 minutes. Then reduce heat to medium low and add riced cauliflower, other 1/2 of oregano, salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. 
8. In a baking dish layer the ingredients: baked eggplant slices (I like to reserve a few slices to decorate the dish), cooked quinoa, cooked riced cauliflower, sauce and top with cheese and sprinkle the remaining oregano. Add red pepper chili flakes if you want. I like to add a few slices of cooked eggplant on top as decoration. 
9. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes then broil top. 

 



How to prepare Quinoa: Before cooking quinoa be sure to wash it well as it has a natural coating that makes it taste bitter. It's easy to get rid of this coating by just rinsing in water before cooking. 


How to cook: 
1 Cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/4 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp olive oil 


Directions: 
1. Wash quinoa well and add to boiling waster with salt and oil. 
2. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered for 20 minutes or until fluffy. 
3. Fluff with fork, cover and let it sit for 10 minutes. 

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