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Guest Post Thursday: Eggplant “Boats” – Roasted and Stuffed With Veggie and Soy Mix With Ana Brady

Posted Apr 12 2012 8:00am

Today I am happy to have Ana Brady guest posting – She doesn’t have her own blog, but is a writer interested in topics related to food, but she also blogs about recreation, family trends, children, etc. She also works in a small team of designers on a project on beverage labels . She’s treating us to a delicious and healthy eggplant dish inspired by Middle Eastern cooking!

Eggplant “Boats” – Roasted and Stuffed With Veggie and Soy Mix

Hello, Kiri’s readers and lovers of food. I’m Ana Brady – an emerging blogger discovering the wonderful opportunities of the blog world and enjoying how nice it feels to share ideas, similar interests, recipes, advice, comments… I’ve been writing for a few months now, mostly about nutrition, but also about recreation, exercising, my children (usually about tricks to get them to eat veggies :) , and similar topics.

I like to experiment in the kitchen and to try out new things. My mom contributed greatly to my interest in exotic food because she was always showing me pictures of newly discovered moussaka, or baba ganoush, or aloo gobi, and rushing to the kitchen to cook it. Currently I’m interested in Eastern European and Middle Eastern dishes, especially since my husband and I got back from a summer vacation in Greece and Turkey, where I fell in love with everything: the cuisine, the culture, music, relaxed people a very special mood on the streets…

The recipes I’m particularly interested in are those I can label “healthy”. Many people define healthy food differently. For some, healthy food has to be organic. For some, it’s avoiding meat and animal-derived products that counts. I don’t have strict guidelines about this. I try to follow the general principle of avoiding unnecessary fats and sugars, and eating as many vegetables and fruits as possible. Since my children sometimes don’t want to cooperate when it comes to eating carrots, beets, zucchini, broccoli, etc., I have to resort to some fun strategies to get them to eat properly. I play games with them, or sometimes even try to bribe them, but it all stays within the limits of harmless parent scheming, and the result is  - proper nutrition in the family.

One of the dishes I often make because my children particularly like it is called Eggplant Boats. At least, that’s what I’ve been told. The Greeks claim they invented it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the surrounding nations (Turks, Bulgarians) claimed it’s traditionally theirs. Here’s how you make it:

Ingredients (for 4 people):

3-4 eggplants
0.8 pounds soy meat (the original recipe is with ground beef, but I modified it and use soy instead)
2-3 tomatoes
1 cup tomato sauce
2 onions
salt, pepper, basil, parsley (or any herbs and spices of your choice)

Preparation 1. Peel eggplants and cut them vertically in half. Use a spoon to scoop eggplant “meat” out, leaving two empty eggplant “boats”.

2. Cut the scooped out eggplant into tiny pieces.

3. Saute chopped up onions, then add diced tomatoes, soy meat, tomato sauce, cut eggplant, and seasoning.

4. Cook all these ingredients for 10 minutes.

5. When the veggie and soy mix is ready, fill the eggplant boats with it. Sometimes I put some grated cheese on top. Put the eggplant boats in an oiled baking pan and roast them for 30-40 minutes.

We eat this specialty with lettuce salad, or sometimes with sour cream, and it’s really yummy. You can also freeze leftovers and defrost them when you don’t have time to cook.

I hope you like it, too. :)

Thank you, Ana! I am a sucker for anything eggplant, and this looks fantastic.

I want to try and have guest posts here on a fairly regular basis, since I have enjoyed guest posting for other blogs and think it’s a great way to find new blogs and/or readers. If you would like to guest post here, please email me at!

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