Friday, March 21, 2014

Roasted Za'atar Eggplant Bowl

And the health kick continues! These rice/quinoa bowls are delicious and satisfying. We added some fresh spinach and rotisserie chicken to make a heartier dinner and we loved it.

Roasted Za'atar Eggplant Bowl
Recipe (slightly adapted) and picture from

makes 2

  • 1 eggplant, chopped into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 heaping tablespoon za’atar (Middle Eastern spice - can be found in most spice aisles)
  • 1-2 cups spinach
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1/2 cup brown rice, cooked
  • olive oil
  • sea salt + black pepper

for yogurt + lemon dressing (I recommend doubling this)

  • 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon tahini
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
  • sea salt + pepper
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spread the eggplant on a baking sheet and sprinkle with za’atar until coated. Drizzle with olive oil (about two tablespoons). Cook for about 10 minutes, remove from oven and shake the baking sheet to move the eggplant around (for even cooking). Place back in oven for another 10 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, caramelize the onions: Coat a large pan with olive oil and place over medium heat. Sauté onions with bay leaf until soft and deeply caramelized, about 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
3. To make the dressing, finely grate the garlic into a mixing bowl. Add the yogurt, lemon juice and tahini. Mix. Slowly drizzle in olive oil while whisking to incorporate. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
4. Place equal amounts quinoa and brown rice into two serving bowls or sealable food containers. Top with the eggplant and onion mixture. Drizzle the dressing over the bowls to your liking.