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Baba Ganoush

 

Should I just say what we’re all thinking here? That eggplants are funny looking. Or should I be more specific and say that eggplants are funny looking because they look a bit like wonky boobs? Well they do. They also have an ugly name. The idea of an actual egg plant is like something straight out of a Dr. Seuss book.

Eggplants are a new food in my life. Kind of a random one to ignore for so long I know. The thing is that they are a member of the nightshade group of veggies (along with tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers). Nightshades contain a phytochemical in them called solanine that may or may not (depending on what you read) promote inflammation, specifically in joint regions, and even more specifically, in rheumatic joints.  When I was diagnosed eons ago with an inflammatory bowel disease, I avoided any and all inflammation promoting foods- whether that inflammation related to the joints, the bowels or anywhere else in the vicinity of me.

The thing is, I really like eggplant. I don’t have an inflammatory bowel disease anymore and actually don’t seem to have any inflammation of any kind and so I was ready with open arms to bring this purple boob-like vegetable into my life. I did so with baba ganoush. Why? Because what better thing to do with a vegetable that looks like a wonky boob than make a food that has a fun name like ‘baba ganoush’? And because I like dips.

At my first go, experimenting with this vegetable that looks like a funny boob, I hoped I might  make it to second base. I did not expect a home run on our first rendezvous together, but I got it. I totally scored a homer. This is a winner.


Baba Ganoush

1  Eggplant
3 Tbs Lemon juice
1 tsp Sea Salt
2 Tbs Sesame Tahini (0r sesame seeds)
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted (I toasted mine in a dry pan over medium heat)
2 Tbs Olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1/8 teaspoon chile powder (optinal)

  • Preheat the oven to broil setting.
  • Prick eggplant a few times
  • Place the eggplants on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until soft, and looking kind of toasty on the outside (skin may blacken a little).
  • Remove from oven and let cool.
  • Cut the eggplant in half and scrape out the gooey inside
  • Blend/process all ingredients together.
  • Add additional sea salt (or lemon juice) as needed.
  • Enjoy on  salad, in a wrap/sandwich or as a dip.

24 responses to “Baba Ganoush”

  1. Jennifer R. says:

    awesome — I have one eggplant in the fridge — was going to make eggplant bacon (recipe from “Everyday Raw”).

  2. City Girl says:

    Very curious about eggplant bacon too, but in the meantime, will happily munch on this lovely baba ghanoush version. Yummy! I too avoided the nightshades when I first started working on a restricted diet for my digestive issues, but I could not stay away from tomatoes and peppers too long – and fortunately, I seem to be ok eating them. Eggplants I do more rarely, and almost always in the form of baba ghanoush, so I am thrilled to try another version of it. Potatoes are a different story though – boo – I avoided them for 8 months, but had them last week while travelling and did not feel good. Oh well.

  3. Stefania (Ingredients for Life) says:

    Pine nuts? That’s brilliant! I like working with Italian eggplants b/c they’re smaller and less seeds.
    I hear the eggplant bacon is delish!

  4. Janet says:

    Great recipe! And here I was thinking that you posted this today in honour of Mia Jean’s grandmothers :) Not a bad tribute at all!

  5. Venus says:

    Ive recently discovered Eggplants too. Except here in Europe we call them Aubergines. I think that sounds much classier and far more appetising!

  6. Blaine says:

    ahhh, i LOVE boob ganoush. Er, baba ganoush.

  7. nikki says:

    I loooove eggplant.

    True Story: When I was pregnant with my daughter, my aunt swore to me that eating eggplant would put me into labor since I was near my due date. I munched some Eggplant Parm and was in labor within 5 hours. I think it was a coincidence, but who knows!

  8. Andi says:

    I love eggplants (despite what they might look like…). They are really hard to find around here in the winter (unless you like them saggy and wrinkled) but I will definitely look forward to trying this recipe as soon as I can – I really love Baba Ganoush but have stopped eating it because of all the additives in the store-bought version. So excited to be able to make my own!

  9. Aletheia says:

    Yes! Another simple must-try recipe! Winner!! :D

  10. Jes says:

    Great recipe! You can’t be a good baba ganoush

  11. fartygirl says:

    You are hilarious!!! This blog cracked me up. Thanks for the info about eggplant and inflammatory bowel disease. I had no idea. There’s a raw baba ganoush recipe I found in a raw cookbook somewheres and plan to post on my page one of these days. It’s very similar to yours, except you soak the eggplant instead of cook it. Would you ever consider eating raw eggplant? I’m a little nervous. :)

    Btw. My toothbrush looks like someone took a highlighter pen to it. Yummy yummy tumeric tea.

  12. Just Audrey says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I got an eggplant once, took pictures of it in the sunshine, let it sit on my counter, had every intention of making something with it, let it get moldy and threw it out. Not very environmentally friendly of me, I know. Plus, I HATE wasting food. I tried to console myself by the fact that I had indeed gotten some lovely pictures with it. The fact of the matter is, I had NO idea what to do with an eggplant. Long story short, I now know. So, thanks. Next time I see an eggplant, I’ll have to try this. : )

    P.S. In case you’re interested, I’m having a giveaway right now for Glass Dharma glass straws. They are really pretty and go great in green smoothies, juices, or even just lemon water.

  13. Jennifer R. says:

    *****Eggplant Bacon — from page 58 of Everyday Raw cookbook*****
    eggplant (thinly sliced lengthwise), sea salt, dried chipotle chile (soaked), maple syrup, olive oil, nama shoyu, apple cider vinegar, chili powder, paprika, cumin.
    Combine eggplant and sea salt in a large bowl, let sit for 2 hours. Blend remaining ingredients in vitamix. let eggplant marinate 30-45 minutes. Dehydrate 24-36 hours, until crisp.
    It does sound odd, but I’ve read about it on another blog and she loved this.

    • https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/599ccdf73b6d2f26a247dd52e9e5f8b8?s=51&d=blank&r=g Meghan Telpner says:

      Totally going to try this- like to keep the recipes I post to take less than an hour to make (let alone 1 day and a half!!) but I’ll take this on. Thanks Jennifer.

  14. Aletheia says:

    Wow, I just made this tonight.

    I love thinking about how Meghan Telpner can inspire what is going on in a kitchen that is miles away. You’re incredible, lady. And chock-full of brilliant ideas.

  15. Hanna M. says:

    I tried this with toasted almonds (chopped) instead of pine nuts, and it was very good except the very dominating garlic (“2 cloves, are you sure?”). So I made it into a sauce by heating it with some sauteed onions, and poured it over steamed broccoli and sweet potato. Awesome!

  16. Jennifer R. says:

    I made this yesterday — SOOOO DELICIOUS!! I was going to steam some cauliflower to go with our sweet potato buckwheat burgers, but my 11 year old wanted to just dip the raw cauliflower into the baba ganoush (less work for me, so I was all for it). This dip was a hit with everyone at my house, even with my 4 year old daughter!! oh,and they loved the burgers too :)

  17. Sarah L. says:

    Hey Meghan, just to clarify, it’s the “gooey insides” of the eggplant that goes into the dip, right? Do you just discard the husk?

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