Gluten Free Menu of the Week and Vegetarian Baba Ghanoush Recipe


I am hosting the gluten-free menu swap this week with eggplant as the theme ingredient. I love eggplant for its wonderful texture and versatility. Grilling it gives it wonderful flavor in eggplant “steaks”, and roasting creates a smooth luxurious puree that adds wonderful body to recipes. It can even be used as an unconventonal dairy substitute as seen in this mayo-eggplant pizza topping. What’s your favorite way to enjoy eggplant? Tell me in the comments.

Here are some of mine:
Eggplant Parmesan
Eggplant Lentil Soup
Vegetarian Tempeh Moussaka Recipe

Monday: Middle Eastern
Gluten Free flatbread
Baba Ganoush
Bean salad

Tuesday: Italian
Roasted Vegetable Gluten Free Pasta with vegan nut topping

Tuesday: Italian
Arugula Gnocchi
Grilled Veggie Antipasti and beans

Friday: Southern
Cornbread vegetarian stuffing
pressure cooker beans
slow cooked greens

Asparagus Thin never disappoints with her rich and varied international menus. With a renewed enthusiasm for a vegetarian, gluten-free diet, Manda will be enjoying Roasted Eggplant and Onion Panzanella and Eggplant Avocado Pasta. Recipes, please!!! :)

Celiacs in the House has beautiful photos of the Fall harvest and a tasty menu including Fried Rice with Tofu. Her family didn’t seem to care for eggplant last time she tried it so she’s skipping it- the DH doesn’t either but I’ve won him over with some of my recipes.

Kimberly at Gluten Free is Life is a girl after my own heart and could eat eggplant every day! She’s making an easy Eggplant Parmesan that sounds just about perfect.

A Modern Gal’s hubby just doesn’t enjoy eggplant- seems like these husbands (including mine) should form a club. hehe. But she has a great international menu planned with red curry and Indonesian spicy rice w/ egg that you should check out.

Celiac Family has a menu full of tasty dishes, relying on zucchini and tomatoes rather than eggplant since that is what their garden is producing. I often find that I can use zucchini instead of eggplant in grilled recipes and it works quite well.

Gluten-free Food storage has a week full of homey favorites planned, although eggplant is not featured as it is not in their garden.

Angela’s Kitchen has a week full of tasty baked goods planned, along with mini corn dogs for GF family members on a trip to the fair. She also shared her favorite way to enjoy eggplant in the comments.

Green v-neck is a gluten-free blogger new to me, and has a lovely vegan menu planned. Alas, no eggplant. but, she does have some tasty dishes- I’d especially like to come to dinner at her house on wednesday when she will have peanut tofu, curried baked brown rice & lentils. I’d settle for the recipe, in a pinch. (hint hint) :)

If you would like to participate in this week’s Gluten-free Menu Plan Monday please post in the comments. Unfortunately it seems that my email service, Contactify, is down at the moment. I’ll add your menu as soon as i can.

Don’t forget to check out more menus at Org Junkie.

Vegan Baba Ganoush Recipe
1 large eggplant
2 tbsp. tahini, plus more as needed
1-3 garlic cloves
1/4 onion, sliced and grilled
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, plus more as needed
1 tsp whole cumin, toasted
1 tbsp. roasted sesame seeds, coarsely ground in mortar and pestle
salt, to taste
smoked paprika, to taste
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs for garnish
1/2tsp. specialty olive oil (like lemon infused) for garnish
kalamata or other favorite olive for garnish

Roast eggplant in oven on 375 for 15 minutes on each side, or for 15 minutes on the grill and 15 minutes in the oven. Bake garlic cloves at the same time unpeeled wrapped in aluminum foil. Then reserve and cool.

Grill onion slices until done on a grill (or caramelize in a pan). Dice a small amount for garnish and reserve the rest. Toast your whole cumin in a pan on the stove to bring out the flavor.

Put your roasted garlic (now peeled) and the reserved grilled onion in your food processor and blend. Add your eggplant and blend. Reserve some eggplant to chop or mash by hand if you like your baba ghanoush chunky. Add lemon juice, cumin, tahini, and cumin seeds and blend to desired consistency. Remove lid and add additional spices, but wait to add the garnish until it is in aserving dish. Then, sprinkle with diced grilled onion, additional kosher salt if you like, additional smoked paprika for color, olives and fresh herbs etc. Finally drizzle a little olive oil on top and serve.

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13 Responses to “Gluten Free Menu of the Week and Vegetarian Baba Ghanoush Recipe”

  1. Absolutely love Baba Ganoush. Unfortunately, I’m the only one in the house who loves it. I never make it anymore cuz I’d eat it all by myself with lots of GF flatbread.:)

  2. MM, I’ll have to check out the tempeh moussaka recipe! Here is my menu, I didn’t get eggplant in this time (hubby doesn’t really like eggplant), but lots of tasty rice dishes, plus a lot of summer fruit:

    Menu Plan for Week of Aug 30th

    Thanks for hosting.

  3. [...] at Menu Plan Monday and Gluten Free Menu Swap August 30th, 2009 in Food, [...]

  4. That eggplant/mayo pizza sounds great, as does the eggplant/lentil soup! YUM!!!

    Thanks again for hosting!

  5. Your menu is full of good variety, as usual. I don’t have any eggplant on our menu this week. We are heavy in zucchini and tomatoes instead. My menu for the week:

  6. [...] week. No eggplant, but if you’re looking for recipes with eggplant be sure to check out the Book of Yum. This week Sea is hosting the Gluten-Free Menu Swap with eggplant as the theme [...]

  7. What a yummy menu! We’re not having any eggplant this week, as it didn’t grow in our garden this year.

    Here’s my menu:

  8. I’ve been intending to get in on the gluten-free menu swap, I guess this is the week! No eggplant in mine, nobody in my family likes it. Everything is vegan and gluten-free.

  9. [...] For Menu Plan Monday, see Laura of Organizing Junkie fame.  Book of Yum is the host of the Gluten Free Menu Swap this week.  She has picked eggplant for the theme this week and has one of my favorite dips, Baba [...]

  10. I finally got my post up:

    Thank you for hosting! I love eggplant. In the summer I especially like to grill it after it is brushed with olive oil and garlic. Mmmmm…..

  11. Thanks for including me! I’ll post a recipe for the curried brown rice & lentils later tonight or tomorrow. The tofu is easy-peasy–it’s a mix that’s sold to create peanut chicken, but I sub tofu and everyone loves it!

  12. The recipe looks great, eggplant parmesan is also one of my favourite dishes. Something else I love is black kidney bean & aubergine/eggplant chilli as the roasted aubergine adds good texture and flavour. I also like moussaka with aubergine and pue lentils…

  13. The picture looks delicious and the recipe sounds wonderful. Eggplant is one of those delicious foods it’s easy to forget about.

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