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Quinoa Eggplant Caviar

Quinoa Eggplant Caviar

What a wonderful idea to mix roasted eggplant with the rock star of grains, quinoa! When the creamy, sweet eggplant is pureed with a few zesty ingredients and stirred into the nutty grain, the result, Quinoa Caviar, is as surprising as it is delicious and nutritious.

This caviar is uniquely different and delicious. When cooked, quinoa really does resemble fish eggs, so you may get some puzzled stares or comments from your guests. As a spread, it’s an easy way to get some of this super-nutritious quinoa into your diet.

1 eggplant
2 onions, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
Salt and pepper
cup minced cilantro
cup minced parsley
1 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice

1. Roast eggplant.

2. Saute the onions and garlic in olive oil until soft. Stir in the quinoa and lightly toast for 1 minute. Stir in the water and salt to taste; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover the pan, and gently simmer the quinoa for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Uncover the pan and fluff the quinoa with a fork; transfer to a bowl and let cool.

3. Puree the eggplant with the cilantro, parsley, soy sauce, and lemon juice in a food processor. Stir this mixture into the quinoa. Adjust seasoning, adding soy sauce, pepper, or lemon juice to taste. Garnish with sprigs of cilantro and parsley, if desired.

Makes 4 cups.

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Adapted from Tassajara Cookbook, by Karla Oliveira (Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2007).

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10:20AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Unfortunately, there's no directions on how to roast eggplant, what can be trick.

4:32PM PST on Feb 7, 2013

what know little black eyes staring back at me

6:31AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

Oh, cilantro is not available in Poland... :-(

9:30AM PST on Feb 6, 2013

thanks :)

10:52AM PST on Feb 4, 2013

Love eggplant and starting to like quinoa so this looks really neat. Thanks for opening our recipe collections and minds to these two great nourishing foods.

5:07AM PST on Feb 4, 2013

Thanks for the recipe.

4:47AM PST on Feb 4, 2013

Thanks Annie for sharing the recipe. Sounds very good.

4:41AM PST on Feb 4, 2013

thanks for this wonderful recipe...

8:04PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Saw eggplants on special the other've got me thinking!!! LOL TY!

12:34AM PST on Dec 25, 2012

Thank you :)

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