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Eggplant Ragu.

April 10, 2013 by Carolina

eggplant ragu

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about doing the Whole 30 is getting creative in the kitchen. When you can’t have legumes or grains a girl’s gotta get creative in order to still eat delicious meals — there’s no reason why you should ever sacrifice flavor. With this Eggplant Ragu dish you won’t have to cause let me tell you, it’s amazing. Full of flavor, easy to make & healthy, you really can’t go wrong with this meal. Instead of regular rice (not allowed on the Whole 30) I made cauliflower rice & enjoyed the eggplant ragu on top.

What exactly is cauliflower rice you ask? It’s so easy to make & really does fool your brain into thinking you’re eating rice. Simply place cauliflower in the food processor & pulse until it’s the consistency of rice. Place in a microwave safe dish & add 1 teaspoon of water for about every cup of cauliflower. Cover with a paper towel & heat for 2 – 3 minutes (this was for 2 cups) & you’ll have cauliflower rice. Now let’s get to the eggplant ragu & get ready for a delicious vegan, paleo, gluten-free meal that’ll make your taste buds happy!

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

1 cup white onion, chopped

3 cups eggplant, chopped

2 tablespoons water

1/2 cup tomato sauce

2 tablespoons pesto (I made my pesto w/out cheese but you can use the store bought variety if you’d like)

Salt & pepper, to taste

Heat the olive oil & add the garlic & onions; cook for 2 – 3 minutes until onion is slightly translucent. Add the eggplant & 2 tablespoons of water, cook for another 4 – 5 minutes until the green in the eggplant is gone & the eggplant is tender. Add the tomato sauce, pesto, salt & pepper & cook for another 2 – 3 minutes then remove from heat.

Serve on top of cauliflower rice (or regular rice or pasta) & enjoy hot. Buen provecho!

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Carolina

Carolina is a marketing professional living in Orlando, Florida. Originally from Colombia, Carolina loves experimenting with different spices in the kitchen. When she's not cooking she loves to run, practice yoga and spend time with her dog Rocco. Carolina is passionate about travel and always has her suitcase packed and ready to go!

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