Sunday, November 10, 2013

Eggplant in Garlic Sauce ( WW 1 point plus)


vegan eggplant in garlic sauce

Whenever we eat Chinese, I order eggplant with garlic sauce. It's a great vegan and gluten free entree. Mixed with some brown rice , I love it! . As much as I have tried to duplicate the recipe at home, I was never successful in creating something I liked.

I found this recipe on  a blog I just found. CJ Huang is the author of  Morsels of Life, and I must say I really enjoyed browsing through her site. It's a blog I will be following because her recipes are global ,healthy, and easy. In addition, she has a picture step by step tutorial on most of her recipes.  Last week I tried her easy (orange zested) Sweet Potato Soup and Parmesan roasted acorn squash- both winners in my book.

The eggplant recipe was quick, easy, and flavorful providing another interesting way to prepare eggplant.

1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into sticks or large cubes
1 Tablespoon of fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves of fresh garlic , minced
3 Tablespoons chili pepper flakes ( I used 1/2 teaspoon- don't like things hot)
1/2 cup of dry red wine
2 Tablespoons of  Tamari sauce (GF)
Optional: 1 level teaspoon or less of corn starch ( GMO free is available)

Directions: 
Saute on a low heat the ginger and garlic in some olive oil or coconut oil spray ( Trader Joe's). Add the chili flakes and mix. Add the eggplant and mix well to coat and allowing to cook for a about 5 minutes- add wine mixture ( soy sauce, corn starch, and wine) and cook to let it absorb and until eggplant is tender.



chopped eggplant
ginger
Piece of fresh ginger to grate ( I used about 3/4 of it to grate) 
gluten free eggplant in garlic sauce
spicy , a little hot , and delicious

My notes: Personally, I'm not a soy sauce lover, so I cut it  down from 2 Tablespoons to 2 teaspoons which was perfect for me. I also cut down the chili pepper flakes. One note: if you choose to use the corn starch, I used a **GMO free  ( genetically modified free) corn starch which I purchased either in the supermarket or health food store. I added 1 level teaspoon of the corn starch to the wine and whisked before adding to the pan, The alcohol in the wine cooks off leaving a nice flavor.

**If you are not familiar with the GMO ( Genetically engineered organisms) issue, you can read about on the Internet or here is an article to read : What is GMO

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17 comments:

  1. This looks so tasty. I made a similar dish at a cooking course in China and my husband, who doesn't normally like eggplant, loved it as well. It's a great way to prepare eggplant.

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  2. I know that everyone does not like eggplant but how could anyone resist this. I love eggplant so I am sold. Ginger, garlic, tamari - delicious.

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  3. Nice way to prepare eggplant. Good pick

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  4. This looks so good that I've put it on my menu plan for the week. Thanks for sharing. Found you through Ms. EnPlace.

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  5. This is a dish my husband would love! As much as I've tried eggplant, it's just one of those veggies that I don't like. Great SRC choice!

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  6. I'm so glad you liked this eggplant even though we like it spicy! Hope you enjoy the other recipes and many more to come. :D

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  7. I've only used eggplant in Greek dishes and am delighted to find some new flavor options. Ginger, garlic, Tamari plus some chili heat sound delicious!

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  8. I love aubergine - one of my favourite vegetables, and I'm always looking for new and different ways to prepare it, so I'll definitely be trying this.

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  9. This looks so yummy...Can't wait to try it!!
    I also want to say that I'm not a fan of soy sauce either..especially since most soy is GMO. I must warn you, however that Bragg's Aminos is soy based. Love your blog!!

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    1. Thank you for the info about Braggs.. I didn't realize.. This GMO thing is such a problem

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  10. I haven't tried eggplant yet. This looks like it could be the recipe :)

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  11. My son is a fan of eggplant and garlic, so I'm happy to have this recipe. The mix of garlic, ginger, and chili flakes sounds good to me.
    Thank you for linking, Judee!

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    1. Hi, Judee. Your eggplant dish was one of the top-viewed recipes last week. It will be featured at tonight's potluck. Thanks again for linking!

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  12. I've begun to like eggplant so are looking for different recipes to use. Your eggplant in garlic sauce will be on my list of "to makes"! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I am always looking for ways to do eggplant! Thanks!

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  14. I love spicy garlic eggplant. Before we moved my husband and I used to go out for lunch all the time to an awesome Malaysian place that would make a GF one for me :)

    Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday (psst, I think you may have forgotten to link back to the party)

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  15. My daughter and I love spicy food and we loved this recipe. We also used one half teaspoon of the chili pepper flakes and it was very spicy. This recipe is a keeper!

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