Couscous and Tomato Stuffed Eggplant

Couscous and Tomato Stuffed Eggplant

Serves 6

For a vegetarian side dish, it's tough to beat this comforting tomato and eggplant combo. Serve the eggplant alongside a cup of vegetable soup or a green salad for a light meal.

Ingredients: 
  • 1/2 head garlic
  • 4 small eggplants
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 yellow or red bell pepper, cored, seeded, & cut into 1/4 inch dice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh flat leaf parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 pound red and yellow cherry tomatoes, cut into eighths
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Method: 

Heat oven to 400°F. Wrap garlic in aluminum foil. Cook until cloves are soft, 20 to 30 minutes. Let cool, and squeeze soft garlic from the cloves; set aside.

Cut 3 eggplant in half lengthwise, and place the 6 halves' cut sides up on a cutting board. Using a paring knife, cut around the perimeters, leaving a 1/3-inch-wide border and being careful not to cut through skin. Cutting down through flesh, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch strips. Using a small spoon, scoop out strips, keeping skin intact. Cut strips into 1/4-inch dice. Set both the diced eggplant and shells aside. Cut remaining eggplant, skin on, into 1/4-inch dice, set aside.

In a large skillet set over medium heat, warm 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and slightly browned, 4 to 6 minutes. Add all diced eggplant, bell peppers, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 6 to 8 minutes. If mixture starts to become dry, add additional tablespoon olive oil, set aside.

Place couscous in a medium heat proof bowl. Pour 1 cup boiling water over couscous. Cover with clean kitchen towel and let sit until slightly cooled, 10 to 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Add lemon zest, ricotta, parsley, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add reserved eggplant mixture, roasted garlic, and cherry tomatoes. Stir to combine.

Fill each reserved eggplant shell with couscous mixture. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake until warm throughout and shell has softened, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from foil, and continue cooking until tops are toasty brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:270 calories (70 from fat), 8g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 5mg cholesterol, 420mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (15g dietary fiber, 12g sugar), 9g protein
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