2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
8 1/2-inch slices eggplant, (about 1 small)
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
8 slices whole-grain country bread
8 thin slices fresh mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup sliced jarred roasted red peppers
4 thin slices red onion
Preheat grill to medium-high.
Combine mayonnaise and basil in a small bowl. Using 1 tablespoon oil, lightly brush both sides of eggplant and sprinkle each slice with garlic salt. With the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, brush one side of each slice of bread.
Grill the eggplant for 6 minutes, turn with a spatula, top with cheese, and continue grilling until the cheese is melted and the eggplant is tender, about 4 minutes more. Toast the bread on the grill, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
To assemble sandwiches: Spread basil mayonnaise on four slices of bread. Top with the cheesy eggplant, red peppers, onion and the remaining slices of bread. Cut in half and serve warm.
1 bunch of kale
1-2 Tbsp of olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees; put parchment paper on baking sheet. Remove the stems from the kale and tear the greens into chip-sized pieces. Rinse kale and thoroughly dry (a salad spinner helps). In a bowl, drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle sea salt. Work the leaves in your hands to cover both sides of kale leaves in a thin layer of oil. Bake kale pieces for about 5 minutes, then turn over and bake another 5 minutes. It will take about 8-10 minutes total and the pieces should be crispy, not burnt…so keep your eyes on them. Enjoy!
6 stalks bok choy (about 1/2 head), thinly sliced
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 granny smith apple, sliced
1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons honey or brown rice syrup
salt and black pepper to taste
First make the dressing by combining all the ingredients and whisking well.
Chop all the salad ingredients, leaving the apples until last. Mix in a salad bowl.
Toss salad with half the dressing. Add additional dressing if desired.
Eat immediately, or chill for up to one hour and then add the apples just before eating.
Roasted Root Vegetables
The beautiful part about a pan of roasted vegetables isn’t just their bright colors, but that you’re able to experiment with different types of root vegetables (e.g parsnips) and use them in a variety of ways during the week. We love putting the roasted vegetables in a grain bowl or on salads.
Yields: about 6 servings
2 medium sweet potatoes
3 medium beets
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and cut the veggies into similarly sized pieces. Place the vegetables in a single layer on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to ensure all pieces are lightly coated and add salt and pepper. Roast for about 30, turning once, until all the vegetables are tender. Garnish with fresh herbs (parsley, rosemary and thyme work well), if desired.