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...that green peppers are just unripe red peppers? You can leave them out in a cool, dry space and they should ripen in about 2 weeks.
This weeks post is a recipe. I have made this particular Yum many times and it is delicious every single time. I know you will love it. It's loaded with flavor and all natural goodness. It's great to make a huge batch and refrigerate it and snack on at your leisure. I've been sick all weekend and dreaming of eating healthy things. Seriously though, does anyone else have dreams of what they wish they could eat after they got better? Just me?
Okay onto the FOOD!
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Roasted Eggplant Spread
Courtesy of The Barefoot Contessa on Foodnetwork.com
2 medium eggplants, peeled
1 red bell pepper, seeded
1 red onion, peeled (a regular onion will do also, just expect a much less potent oniony taste)
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons tahini (I never put this in, but let me know if you try it)
3 tablespoons chopped parsley, plus extra for garnish
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut the eggplant, bell pepper, and onion into 1-inch cubes. Toss them in a large bowl with the garlic, olive oil, cayenne and salt and pepper. Spread them on a baking sheet. Roast for 45 minutes, until the vegetables are lightly browned and soft, tossing once during cooking. Cool slightly.
Place the vegetables in a food processor (in my house, we call that a blender!) fitted with a steel blade, add the lemon juice and tahini, and pulse 3 or 4 times to blend. I leave mine pretty chunky. Taste for salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl and add the chopped parsley. Garnish with extra parsley.
I don't have the particulars on the nutritional value but just know that it's really yummy and I'm pretty sure it's super healthy for us.
Enjoy, mangia! (Italian for eat...)
MUSIC: "Food Glorious Food" from the musical Oliver! Those poor boys - they just wanted something good to eat!