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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Skinny dinner

Today I will share another recipe that is inspired on my trip in Capetown last year. It's a very healthy vegetarian dinner (or lunch) because it contains healthy fats from the avocado and almonds (also full of protein and vitamin E, hello gorgeous skin and hair), complex carbs and protein from the worlds healthiest grain in the world: quinoa, and one of my favourite vegetables; eggplant. 

Ingredients:

1 eggplant
1 avocado
2 handfuls of almonds
rocket
fresh cilantro
fresh parsley
2 tablespoons of raisins soaked in hot water

Slice the eggplant in pieces and arrange them on a big plate with kitchen paper. Gently sprinkle some salt on them, put another kitchen paper on top and put something heavy on it. This way you will get some of the liquid out of the eggplant so by the time the eggplant will see the pan, it won't completely suck up all of the oil and becomes greasy! 

Next grab a coffee mug and fill with red quinoa (or any other kind) and place it in the pot with 2 cups of boiling water, a teaspoon of cinnamon and let it cook until done. When finished cooking gently mix it up with a fork so it becomes fluffy and give it some space to "unsteam". Heat a frying pan with a few table spoons of good olive oil, fry the eggplant until brown and caramelised and sprinkle with pepper (NO salt because you already did). 

Your dinner is almost ready now at this point! Grab a big plate and start with a big handful of rocket with a bit of the fresh herbs on it, combine the raisins with the quinoa and put as much as you like on the rocket. 

Next up the eggplant, almonds and avocado, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and dig in! 

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