Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Scaled Sunday Meal - Cooking for the week with Eggplant and Turkey

The key to a good Sunday Scale Meal is something that's easy to make a lot of, something that's healthy, and something you don't mind eating a number of days in a row. For this recipe, I decided to use Middle Eastern flavors and eggplant at the core of the meal, and top it with a hearty ground turkey mix that is very customizable and a great source of protein. The result was a super flavorful meal that was a delight to eat for lunches throughout the week.

I started by coating the halved eggplants with olive oil and za'atar, which is a middle eastern spice mix of herbs and sesame seeds. You can likely find za'atar at your local market or a specialty food store. I roasted the eggplants for about 45 minutes at 380 until the flesh was easily shredded with a fork. For the stuffing, I cooked quinoa, and sauteed ground turkey meat with onions, red peppers, cherry tomatoes, and green onion and added feta, salt and pepper once it was done cooking.

Roasted Middle Eastern Eggplant with Turkey and Quinoa Stuffing
Serves 2 for the week

4 large eggplants, halved
2 lbs ground turkey (ideally dark meat as it's moister)
1 large red pepper, chopped
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
4-5 green onions, chopped
1 cup quinoa
1 1/3 cups chicken broth
1 cup crumbled feta
2 tbsp za'atar
Olive Oil
(Optional: Greek Yogurt and chopped parsley)

To Cook:

  1. Preheat the oven to 380
  2. Rub the eggplants with olive oil and za'atar
  3. Roast the eggplant for 45 minutes, until the flesh is fork tender
  4. Bring the quinoa and chicken broth to a boil and then cook, covered, on low for 20 minutes until all of the liquid is absorbed
  5. Sautee the turkey in 1-2 tbsp olive oil in a large pot on medium high until cooked through and then remove in a large bowl
  6. Sautee onion, pepper, and tomato in the pot for 6-8 minutes on medium high until onion begins to become translucent
  7. Reduce heat to low and add turkey back in along with the quinoa, green onion, salt, pepper, and feta and toss so mixture is thoroughly mixed
  8. If the mixture is a little dry, add a little chicken broth
  9. Serve the mixture on the eggplant with a dollop of greek yogurt sprinkled with za'atar and chopped parsley
For Storage, make individual containers with an eggplant half and turkey topping for easy reheating throughout the week.

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