Grilled Eggplant Salad with Lentils and Tomatoes (The Kids Cook Monday)

Grilled Eggplant Salad Recipe with Lentils and Tomatoes - Andrea Meyers

“You can make this salad every day for the rest of the summer. I could eat it every day.” ~Michael “Mommy, this is so good!” ~Top Gun (Then he proceeds to stand up and dance at the table.) “Who wants to help me make the eggplant salad for Kids Cook Monday?” ~Me “Me!” ~Three excited… 

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Eggplant and Tomato Pilaf with Greek Yogurt

Eggplant and Tomato Pilaf with Greek Yogurt - Andrea Meyers

Greek yogurt is one of my favorite convenience foods, and judging by grocery store space in the yogurt aisle, it’s a favorite for many people. I remember when just a few years ago it was difficult to find Greek yogurt in our local grocery stores, but now the yogurt aisle is full of it in… 

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Eggplant and Sun-Dried Tomato Pizza

Eggplant and Sun-Dried Tomato Pizza - Andrea Meyers

Our family has been making pizza since Michael worked at a pizza joint back in his teen years. We each have our favorite style and toppings, but no matter what kind we make, we all enjoy working the dough and assembling the pies. I went vegetarian for this pizza on our favorite whole wheat pizza… 

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Open-Faced Grilled Eggplant Sandwich with Pesto, Tomatoes, and Fresh Mozzarella (The Kids Cook Monday)

Open-Faced Grilled Eggplant Sandwich with Pesto, Tomatoes, and Fresh Mozzarella (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

When I saw Cooking Light’s March feature about open-faced sandwiches, the photo of the eggplant sandwich stuck in my head. Their version was breaded with panko and piled with marinara and mozzarella, but all I could think about was grilled eggplant with our summer tomatoes and the big batches of basil pesto we make in… 

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Spicy Thai-Style Eggplant

Andrea Meyers - Spicy Thai-Style Eggplant

Our summer garden is going gangbusters this year, and we have some surprise Thai basil volunteers that seeded themselves in our bay laurel tree pot. The plants have already gotten huge with fragrant leaves and pretty purple flowers, giving us plenty to cook with. The pungent flavor is a perfect match for this spicy Thai-style… 

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Eggplant, Potato, and Chickpea Curry

Eggplant, Potato, and Chickpea Curry Recipe - Andrea Meyers

That cold snap we had last week really messed with my internal calendar. Even though the wall calendar still said September, my body was thinking November and that set off all kinds of cravings for hot comfort food. I had curry on the brain because along with soup, it’s one of the first things I… 

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Baba Ghannouj (Baba Ganoush)

Baba Ghannouj (Baba Ganoush) - Andrea Meyers

My first taste of baba ghannouj was at the cafeteria on the Saudi Aramco compound in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and I could easily make a lunch out of their hummus, baba ghannouj, and flatbread. Baba ghannouj is a traditional Middle Eastern dish made from eggplant that has been grilled or roasted, and the smoky flavor… 

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Eggplant Gratin (Gratin D’Aubergines, Provencal)

Eggplant Gratin (Gratin D'Aubergines, Provencal) - Andrea Meyers

The upcoming release of the movie Julie & Julia (August 7, 2009) has ignited discussions about cooking and blogging and caused me to reflect on my own cooking journey. Cooking always seemed like a big mystery to me when I was growing up. My grandmothers were both talented Southern cooks and seemed to hardly measure… 

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Grilled Eggplant Lasagna

Grilled Eggplant Lasagna - Andrea Meyers

When I started the South Beach Diet a few weeks ago, I had to rethink some of our meals, and less pasta was high on the list. It’s easy to get good fresh vegetables at this time of year, and we’ve kept the refrigerator stocked. I’ve had eggplant lasagna on many occasions, but always with… 

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Grilled Chinese Eggplant with Garlic and Ginger Sauce

Grilled Chinese Eggplant with Garlic and Ginger Sauce - Andrea Meyers

We planted three eggplants in May, but sadly they were overtaken by flea beetles, a really nasty little pest that devoured the plants. Unable to find an organic solution for getting rid of them, we had to remove the plants from the garden to prevent the pests from spreading. So we’ve been buying eggplants this… 

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