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1. Roasted Eggplant & Kale Pasta.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 1 Eggplant, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 Ounces whole wheat penne or other short pasta
  • 1 Punch kale, washed, ribs removed and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 Teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 Cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 Ounces feta cheese (optional)
  • 1 Teaspoon torn fresh oregano

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon oil over eggplant chunks, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange chunks on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast for about 15 minutes, or until they are soft and just lightly browned.
2. While the eggplant is roasting, cook pasta in salted water according to the package’s directions, until just al dente. Reserve about 1 cup of pasta water before straining. Transfer penne to a large bowl.
3. In a large skillet over medium high heat, heat remaining olive oil. Add red pepper and garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add kale, season with salt and pepper, and sauté for about 3 minutes, until wilted and softened. You may need to work in batches.
4.Add pine nuts, eggplant and kale to bowl with pasta and toss. Add in about 1/4 cup of the cooking water at a time until you get your desired consistency. Transfer to serving bowls, garnish with oregano and serve with feta.

Recipe Adapated From: Clean Eating.

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3. Eggplant and Mango Soba Noodles
4. Greek-Style Grilled Eggplant Dip

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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5:17AM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

I ate some dish in Israel a long time ago that delicious and still think about it. It. Was on the buffet in a bowl and cooked to resemble a hummus and you ate it with bread. I asked and thought he said mousaka but have never found a recipe for it. I suspect it was an eggplant dish. I loved it.

4:18AM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

Thank you, I love eggplant, have to try some of these.

5:17AM PDT on Jul 9, 2014

Enjoy and treasure our friends

12:21AM PST on Dec 20, 2013

Thanks

3:12PM PST on Dec 8, 2013

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11:58PM PST on Nov 4, 2013

Thank you dear Katie :)

6:21AM PST on Nov 3, 2013

yummy!! I make a killer eggplant curry with codfish in tomatoe sauce. Soooo goooood!

2:36AM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

Eggplants, Aubergines and Brinjals ( as they're known in India) are so similar dunno if they're the same but they are my favourite vegetable as it happens.

5:59PM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

Thanks. I'm going to share this with my sister and mom; they've been trying to find eggplant recipes. :)

6:17AM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

Thanks for the great recipes.

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