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)

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
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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  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.

  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.

  3. Nice way to prepare eggplant. Good pick

  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.

  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!

  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

  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!

  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.

  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!!

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

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

  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!

    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!

  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.

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

  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)

  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!

  16. Great recipe, I love eggplant and it seems lately all I make is eggplant parm.

  17. It looks delicious. I love eggplant dishes. ;-)

  18. Yummm! We too like spicy food and I do love eggplant. And thanks for the link to Morsels of Life -- I can see I'll be exploring that site! I'm not GF, but one of my brothers and several of my friends are, so I always appreciate your recipes and ideas.


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