Grilled Red Pepper and Eggplant Spread

Recipe courtesy of  Natural Gourmet Institute

Recipe courtesy of Natural Gourmet Institute


3 red bell peppers
1 pound (2-3 small) eggplant
2 garlic cloves, minced
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
Pinch black pepper
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 ounce minced parsley, for garnish


  1. Over a hot grill (or 400F oven), heat whole bell peppers and eggplant. Cook until evenly charred, about 10-15, turning often. Transfer to a bowl and let sit, covered, for 10 minutes.
  2. Peel charred skin off of peppers and eggplant. For the peppers, remove seeds and finely chop the flesh. For the eggplant, finely chop.
  3. Transfer peppers and eggplant into a food processor; add garlic, lemon juice, cumin, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. While motor is running, slowly stream in olive oil until well-emulsified.
  4. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with parsley. Serve with your favorite bread or pita chips.

Eggplant & Cherry Tomato "Pizzas"

Recipe by Caitlyn Austin

Recipe by Caitlyn Austin

"Usually you have to pry me away from bread. I'm not one to ever leave it out of recipes, but sometimes you just have to use up those veggies. Let's do it in a delicious way.

These little eggplant mini pizzas are perfect for summer get-togethers. This is an easy and fun recipe to get kids or guests of any age involved." 

1 Eggplant- cut into 1 inch slices
3 Cloves garlic
2 Cups mozerella
1 Pint of cherry tomatoes- cut in half
1 Bunch of shredded fresh basil
Olive Oil
Crushed red pepper, salt to taste
1 shallot

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Line eggplant rounds on baking sheets and brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

3. Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil with minced garlic, shallot, salt, and crushed red pepper. Brush the olive oil mixture on the cooked golden eggplant slices. 

4. Turn the oven to the broil setting. Assemble eggplant pizzas with mozzarella cheese and cherry tomatoes. Place the pizzas in the oven for 5-8 minutes, until cheese is melted and slightly browned. 

5. Finish pizzas with fresh basil.  Serve with a light crisp salad.