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Gluten Free Menu of the Week and Vegetarian Baba Ghanoush Recipe
Posted By yum On August 31, 2009 @ 12:17 pm In Eggplant, Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday, JM friendly, Menu, Menu Plan Monday, Middle Eastern, Sauce, Vegan | 13 Comments
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.
Monday: Middle Eastern
Gluten Free flatbread
Roasted Vegetable Gluten Free Pasta with vegan nut topping
Grilled Veggie Antipasti and beans
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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 Image: http://www.bookofyum.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/babaganoush.jpg
 this mayo-eggplant pizza topping: http://www.bookofyum.com/blog/re-inventing-the-pizza-68.html
 Eggplant Parmesan: http://www.bookofyum.com/blog/welcome-to-my-italian-cafe-38.html
 Eggplant Lentil Soup: http://www.bookofyum.com/blog/gluten-free-whole-grain-montina-cornbread-recipe-and-vegetarian-eggplant-lentil-soup-recipe-3339.html
 Vegetarian Tempeh Moussaka Recipe: http://www.bookofyum.com/blog/gluten-free-greek-recipes-vegetarian-tempeh-moussaka-recipe-with-vegan-option-2380.html
 Asparagus Thin: http://www.asparagusthin.com/2009/08/menu-swap-august-31st.html
 Celiacs in the House: http://celiacsinthehouse.blogspot.com/2009/08/gluten-free-menu-swapmenu-plan-monday_31.html
 Gluten Free is Life: http://glutenfreeislife.wordpress.com/2009/08/30/menu-plan-august-31-2009/
 A Modern Gal: http://amoderngal.com/2009/08/30/menu-plan-for-week-of-august-30-2009/
 Celiac Family: http://celiacfamily.com/menu-plan-monday-aug-31/
 Gluten-free Food storage: http://glutenfreefoodstorage.blogspot.com/2009/08/menu-plan-week-of-august-31-2009.html
 Angela’s Kitchen: http://angelaskitchen.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/menu-plan-tuesday-september-1-2009/
 Green v-neck: http://greenvneck.blogspot.com/2009/08/menu-plan-monday.html
 Org Junkie: http://orgjunkie.com/2009/08/menu-plan-monday-aug-31st.html
 Vegan: http://www.bookofyum.com/recipes_v2/listrecipes.php#Vegan
 Side Dish: http://www.bookofyum.com/recipes_v2/listrecipes.php#Side Dish
 Sauces & Condiments: http://www.bookofyum.com/recipes_v2/listrecipes.php#Sauces & Condiments
 Vegetables: http://www.bookofyum.com/recipes_v2/listrecipes.php#Vegetables
 Middle Eastern: http://www.bookofyum.com/recipes_v2/listrecipes.php#Middle Eastern
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