Garlic Vinaigrette Eggplant & Mushrooms

Garlic Vinaigrette Eggplant & Mushrooms

Roasting veggies is one of my favorite ways to meal prep. The end product is good by itself, or over a bowl of quinoa. My favorite thing to do is serve cold over kale for a hearty salad, or make a cold pasta salad. You can mix roasted veggies with spaghetti squash or tofu for a satiating meal. Whatever your favorite combination, you can use this simple recipe as a starting point.

Ingredients:

eggplant1

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees & line a baking sheet with parchment paper. I NEVER roast veggies without parchment paper–easy cleanup!

Start off by washing your veggies. I use a store bought fruit and veggie wash, but you can also soak your veggies in the sink with water and vinegar.

fruit wash

Next, cut up your veggies. For this recipe, I cubed the eggplant and cut the mushrooms in half. I like to chop my garlic small so it gets crispy. This is chef’s choice, of course.

mushroom1

One of my favorite trick for seasoning veggies is to buy ready-to-go salad/dip dressings. I like Simply Organic’s Dip & Salad Dressing mixes. 1 packet will season approximately 4 baking sheets of veggies. Since a packet is around $1, this technique is a truly affordable way to creatively season your dishes. You don’t have to keep a constant stock of 10 different seasonings in your pantry in order to make flavorful food.

simply organic seasoning

All you need to do from here is spray your veggies down with coconut oil and coat with the seasoning.

eggplant2

Pop the pan in the oven and give it about 45 minutes. You may need to spray your veggies with more coconut oil halfway through to prevent dry-out.

Nutritional Facts:

*Information based on recipe yielding 3 servings

Calories: 80

Carbohydrates: 11g

Protein: 6g

Fat: <1g

This recipe has 480g of potassium per serving, more than 1 medium banana (which has 422g), and over 8g of fiber! Eggplants are an excellent source of B Vitamins and antioxidants. Mushrooms are a nutritional powerhouse, containing Vitamin D, Vitamin B, several essential minerals, and are hearty and satisfying.

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