1-2 large American (or 3 italian) eggplants
1/2-1 bulbs garlic
Chili pepper (Paprika may work as well), to taste
Fresh Mint (optional) - 3+ sprigs
3-4 red potatoes (microwaved to soft)
Packaged meat-substitute crumbles (or cooked ground meat if you are not vegetarian)
1/4 tsp cumin powder
Salt to taste
After washing eggplant,
Cut the top off your eggplant and poke holes through body and rub with a small amount of oil
Bake eggplant for 30 minutes, until tender
Add 1/4 cup of oil in thick bottom pan. Do not turn on stove until after you've added your crushed garlic. Olive oil has a low smoking point (especially EVOO), so it is important to not pre-heat the oil.
After adding your garlic, turn on the heat, stir. Add pepper and cumin. If cumin has too strong of a taste for your family, you can omit this. Add your peeled eggplant, stirring well.
|My 1 year old son's dinner portion of "MAMA GANOUSH"|
You can garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro.
Serve with pita, pita chips or veggies. A great way to get extra vitamins in would be to add in spinach or other greens in puree form.