Eat Skinny Be Skinny Vegetarian: Stuffed Eggplant

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Oh, hey November. You sneaky little hussy. I knew you were there, just didn’t think I’d see you pop up so soon. I’m excited for you, you bring great things. Like snow, the holiday season, Charleston (for Thanksgiving) and tons of delicious new recipes. I’m just not quite ready for you. So, give me a few days to really warm up to you being here and then we’ll be friends. Capiche?

Hope y’all had a fabulous Halloween! It was lowkey over at the Volkman household (thanks to my pesky stomach) but it was still fun. I dressed Oscar as a little devil and, although he hated his life while that costume was on him, he looked absolutely adorable.

We had a few trick or treaters and there was a Halloween [Michael Myers] movie marathon on. Which, as always, gave me nightmares that a deranged serial killer was coming after me. As much as I love Halloween, I’m happy its over. All of the sweets I’ve been eating have wreaked havoc on my figure and my intestines. I’m ready for a much needed fast (more on that tomorrow!) Because I’ve been eating chocolate after chocolate, cupcake after cupcake, I made a really light and hearty dinner last night as we eagerly awaited the trick or treaters. And yes, I know, it involves eggplant.

I know, I know. Eggplant weirds me out. But I’m forcing myself to eat more of it. Because of my stomach, I’m going to try to really limit my gluten and lactose consumption (where I can) and limit the amount of meat I eat. So, weird Eggplant, we meet again. Except, this time, I stuffed you with caramelized onions, mushrooms, feta cheese, tofurky and Greek seasoning. The only way I could overcome my discomfort with you was to disguise you amongst other delicious things.

And thankfully, it worked. I have found another way I can eat eggplant! I think what really made this dish delicious was how the eggplant filling was cooked. I caramelized it with the onions, tofurky and mushrooms, so the flavor was totally different than normal. Plus, I’m pretty sure I could eat anything that’s caramelized. Bugs, livers, kidneys, you name it. Throw it in a pot with some olive oil and I’ll eat it. In addition to tasting amazing, I love the presentation.

Talk about an easy “dishes” night, right? Anything I can do to avoid doing dishes. Dishes are the devils work, I’m sure of it.

Stuffed Eggplant

Yield: 2 servings
Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 small – medium size eggplant, cut in half
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of chopped mushrooms
  • 3 tofurky breakfast sausages, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon of Greek seasoning (recipe for Greek spice here)
  • Dashes of salt and pepper
  • Cooking spray

How to Make Them:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a roasting sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Scoop out insides of the eggplant. Place in a bowl and sprinkle with sea salt. Set aside for at least 20 minutes.
  3. In a medium saucepan, heat oil. Add onions, mushrooms, tofurky, cook for about 3-5 minutes. Add eggplant filling, cook until heated, about another 5-7 minutes.
  4. Stuff the sausage mixture into the eggplants. Top with crumbled feta and Greek spice. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until cheese is melty.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Nutritional information per eggplant half: 250 calories, 8 grams of fat, 11 grams of fiber, 10 grams of protein and 25 grams of carbohydrates.

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  1. Posted by Meredith Wise on
    Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
    Wheee my salad made an appearance. I'm almost famous now! :)
  2. Posted by Joanne on
    Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
    Yum! That's the kind of eggplant I would love.
    We didn't get any trick or treaters. It was probably our dog that scared them away. He's a big barking German Shepherd. We don't even have to dress him up to scare peeps.  :)
  3. Posted by Lauren on
    Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
    eggplant werids me out to!! Hahah I am down to try this recipe though! Looks fab :)
  4. Posted by Rachel on
    Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
    I love eggplant and your stuffed version looks fantastic.
  5. Posted by Carolyn on
    Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
    I adore eggplant and I think this looks fantastic!  And it's pretty low carb, so I thank you for that.  I will definitely be making.  Buzzed!
  6. Posted by Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan on
    Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
    This is gorgeous and I love eggplant! I really need this right now. I'm so full of candy I can barely move.
  7. Posted by Jackie Dodd on
    Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
    This looks great! I've never tried to stuff an eggplant, looks lovely! 
  8. Posted by Ruth Reynoso-Sance on
    Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
    It looks amazing! Should try it!
  9. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
    I know how you are feeling, I've been feeling so crappy the last few days because of all the sugar I've had. It's time to detox this week! Glad  you found a new way to enjoy eggplant, I actually really like it so this looks extra tasty to me!
    • Posted by claire on
      Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
      yes yes yes yes. Sugar detox is so necessary!
  10. Posted by Ann Mc on
    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
    Wow - that sounds delicious!  I LOVE eggplant in all it's glory!  I hope you feel better soon!
  11. Posted by alyce@culinarythymes on
    Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
    looks delish. I love eggplant.
  12. Posted by DianasDreamCookies on
    Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
    def going to try this! do u eat the "dish"?
    • Posted by claire on
      Friday, November 4th, 2011
      Oh, haha! No.
  13. Friday, November 4th, 2011
    I really like eggplant. This is a really great idea! Love anything stuffed really. :)
    • Posted by claire on
      Friday, November 4th, 2011
      hahaha, me too!
  14. Posted by RavieNomNoms on
    Friday, November 4th, 2011
    That looks amazing...I love the tofurky hehe
    • Posted by claire on
      Friday, November 4th, 2011
      Tofurky is my favorite!!
  15. Posted by Grubarazzi on
    Friday, November 4th, 2011
    Great recipe! 
  16. Posted by Professor Vegetable on
    Monday, November 7th, 2011
    Eggplant doesn't weird me out. Your recipe looks delicious.A simple way to cook eggplant since you plan to eat more of it is to braise it! Try that if you get around to it.
  17. Posted by Katie C on
    Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
    Oooh, what a fun recipe! Eggplant was definitely an acquired taste for me; I used to hate it...the texture freaked me out. However, I love love love it now! I totally want to try this type of recipe out...