Roasted Eggplant & Sun-Dried Tomato Spread Recipe

Roasted Eggplant & Sun-Dried Tomato Spread Recipe

Roasted Eggplant & Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 45 mins
Servings: 8 – 10

Ingredients:

  • 2 Medium, Firm Eggplants
  • 1 (7 Ounce) Jar Sun-dried Tomatoes In Olive Oil
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Peeled
  • 4 Tablespoons Tomato Paste Mixed With 1 Cup Water
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

Optional:

  • 2 Teaspoons Capers, Drained
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Kalamata Olives

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cut off the stem ends of the eggplants, then cut into 1-inch cubes and place in an oven-proof covered casserole dish.
  3. Place the sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, paste and water, salt, pepper, and pepper flakes into a small food processor and pulse until blended.
  4. Dump the tomato mixture over the eggplant cubes and toss to coat well.
  5. Roast the eggplant covered for 20 minutes, then stir well and cook another 20 to 30 minutes or until the eggplant is very soft.
  6. Let the eggplant mixture sit covered until it is room temperature.
  7. Taste, then adjust the seasonings as needed.
  8. Serve with slices of crusty Italian bread.

 


Miso-Garlic Broiled Eggplant Recipe

Miso-Garlic Broiled Eggplant Recipe

Miso-Garlic Broiled Eggplant

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 3 tablespoons yellow miso (soybean paste)
  • 2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 Japanese eggplants, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices (about 1 pound)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

Procedure:

    Preheat broiler.

  1. Combine first 6 ingredients, stirring with a whisk. Arrange eggplant slices on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Spread mirin mixture evenly over the eggplant slices, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  2. Broil 8 minutes or until topping is golden. Place eggplant slices on a platter, and sprinkle with onions.

Dinengdeng/ Inabraw Recipe

Dinengdeng also called inabraw is a dish of the Ilocano people Philippines, similar to Pinakbet . It is classified as a Bagoong soup based dish. Dinengdeng contains fewer vegetables and contains more bagoong soup base. This Ilocano food is full of vegetables like string beans, okra, squash, and ampalaya which is spiced up with red onions, tomatoes, jute leaves, root small amount of water together with their most popular ingredient: bagoong!

Dinengdeng / inabraw

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pork liempo, sliced / grilled fish  (milk fish, tilapia, hito or dalag) is also a very good alternative
  • 2-3 spoonful of fish sauce (bagoong), or according to taste
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 ampalaya, cut into 4
  • 5 pieces round eggplant
  • 4 pieces of tomatoes
  • 1 bundle of squash flower (bulkalak ng kalabasa)
  • 1 bundle of  sigarilyas
  • 1/2 cup of patani
  • 2 camote
  • 1 bundle spinach
  • 1 bundle saluyot or okra

Procedure:

  1. Bring the pork liempo to boil until tender and oily.  If using  fish, grill.  Set aside.
  2. Boil water and fish sauce (bagoong).
  3. Add  meat (or fish) and all the vegetables.
  4. Boil for 3 minutes.
  5. Serve hot with rice.

Pork Sinigang (Sinagang na baboy) Recipe

Pork Sinigang ( Sinagang na baboy ) Recipe

Pork Sinigang ( Sinagang na baboy ) Recipe

Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs pork belly (or buto-buto)
  • 1 bunch spinach (or kang-kong)
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 bunch string beans (sitaw), cut in 2 inch length
  • 2 pieces medium sized tomato, quartered
  • 3 pieces chili (or banana pepper)
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 liters water
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 pieces taro (gabi), quartered
  • 1 pack sinigang mix (good for 2 liters water)
  •  you may also add okra and eggplant if desired

 Procedure:

  1. Heat the pot and put-in the cooking oil
  2. Sauté the onion until layers separate
  3. Add the pork belly and cook until outer part turns light brown
  4. Put-in the fish sauce and mix with the ingredients
  5. Pour the water and bring to a boil
  6. Add the taro and tomatoes then simmer for 40 minutes or until pork is tender
  7. Put-in the sinigang mix and chili
  8. Add the string beans (and other vegetables if there are any) and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes
  9. Put-in the spinach, turn off the heat, and cover the pot. Let the spinach cook using the remaining heat in the pot.
  10. Serve hot. Share and enjoy!

10 Health Benefits from Eating Tomatoes

1. Tomatoes are good for your skin.
Tomatoes contain a high level of lycopene, which is a substance that is used in some of the more pricy facial cleansers that are available for purchase over-the-counter.
If you want to try tomatoes for skin care, you need to start with about eight to twelve tomatoes. Peel the tomatoes and then place the skin on your face with inside of the tomato touching your skin.
Leave the tomatoes on your face for a minimum of ten minutes, then wash. Your face will feel clean and shiny. Some redness may occur, but should fade with time.

2. Tomatoes help prevent several types of cancer.
A number of studies have been conducted that indicate that the high levels of lycopene in tomatoes works to reduce your chances of developing prostate, colorectal and stomach cancer.
Lycopene is a natural antioxidant that works effectively to slow the growth of cancerous cells. Cooked tomatoes produce even more lycopene, so go ahead and cook up a batch of your mom’s famous tomato soup.

3. Tomatoes help maintain strong bones.
Tomatoes contain a considerable amount of calcium and Vitamin K. Both of these nutrients are essential in strengthening and performing minor repairs on the bones as well as the bone tissue.

4. Tomatoes help repair damage caused by smoking.
No, eating tomatoes is not the most recent fad to help you quit smoking. However, tomatoes can reduce the amount of damaged done to your body by smoking cigarettes.
Tomatoes contain coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid that work to protect the body from carcinogens that are produced from cigarette smoke.

5. Tomatoes provide essential antioxidants.
Tomatoes contain a great deal of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. This is primarily because these vitamins and beta-carotene work as antioxidants to neutralize harmful free radicals in the blood.
Free radicals in the blood stream are dangerous because it may lead to cell damage. Remember, the redder the tomato you eat is, the more beta-carotene it contains. In addition, you also want to keep in mind that cooking destroys the Vitamin C, so for these benefits, the tomatoes need to be eaten raw.

6. Tomatoes are good for your heart.
Because of the Vitamin B and potassium in tomatoes, they are effective in reducing cholesterol levels and lowering blood pressure. Therefore, by including tomatoes in your regular balanced diet you can effectively prevent heart attacks, strokes as well as many other heart related problems that may threaten your life.

7. Tomatoes are good for your hair.
The Vitamin A in tomatoes works perfectly to keep your hair shiny and strong. In addition, it also does wonders for your eyes, skin, bones and teeth.

8. Tomatoes are good for your kidneys.
Adding tomatoes without seeds to your diet has been proven in some studies to reduce the risk of kidney stones.

9. Tomatoes are good for your eyes.
The Vitamin A found in tomatoes is fantastic for improving your vision. In addition, eating tomatoes is one of the best foods to eat to prevent the development of night blindness.

Tomatoes are packed full of the valuable mineral known as chromium. It works effectively to help diabetics keep their blood sugar levels under better control.