Tomato, Eggplant, and Chickpea Stew

This Tomato, Eggplant and Chickpea Stew is a quick, hearty weeknight meal that uses up all the fresh summer veggies that are starting to roll in! Serve it as a vegetarian meal, or pair it with your favorite protein for a gluten-free and dairy-free dinner!

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Hello summer produce! This Tomato, Eggplant and Chickpea Ragout is a hearty vegetarian main dish that is both light and satisfying. It’s also super quick to make, making this weeknight dinner a 30 minute meal! You can serve it as is, or you could pair it with another protein like fish or chicken, or you could pair this with pasta or spiraled veggies.

Here’s what you need to make it:

  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • 1 Large Eggplant
  • Garlic cloves
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Can Diced Tomatoes, or 3 Large Fresh Tomatoes
  • Chickpeas
  • Fresh Baby Spinach

Tomato and eggplant chickpea stew in pot with spinach

Do you have to peel the eggplant?

You can eat the skin of an eggplant and it does contain nutrients. But larger eggplants have tougher skins, and they do not do well in quick braised dishes like this one. Therefor, we are recommending to peel the skin off.

Can you mix up the veggies in this?

Yes! While we love the combination of eggplant, tomato and chickpea, you can substitute in other vegetables like:

  • zucchini
  • summer squash
  • mushrooms
  • cauliflower
  • kale

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Tomato, Eggplant, & Chickpea Ragout

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:20 Total Time 00:30 Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add onion and eggplant and cook until soft, stirring frequently, about 7 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning and cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Add tomatoes and chickpeas, increase heat to medium-high and cook for about 10 minutes, until the sauce has reduced slightly.
  4. Return the heat to medium-low and stir in the spinach.
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning and serve immediately. You can serve it as is for a vegetarian meal or serve with protein of choice, or pasta.

Recipe Notes

  • I served mine with pan-seared wild-caught salmon, but this dish is delicious with chicken or pork
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Sheet Pan Greek Meatballs with Veggies and Chickpeas

This Sheet Pan Greek Meatballs with Veggies and Chickpeas is a delicious dinner that will make the whole family happy! The greek meatballs have a healthy dose of spinach and a nice bright lemon and herb flavor to complement the veggies and chickpeas. This largely hands-off cooking dinner is gluten-free and optionally dairy-free too!

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We can’t get enough of sheet pan dinners, and we’re happy to hear neither can you! Sheet pan dinners are great because they minimize dishes and utilize hands-off cooking! We love this Sheet Pan Greek Meatballs with Veggies and Chickpeas for all of those reasons, but most important we love it because that flavor is so bright with a healthy does of vegetables! The meatballs are made up of chicken, spinach, lemon and greek spices and optionally feta. It’s easy to leave that out if you are dairy-free but we love the salty kick it gives the meatballs.

We used a bunch of veggies like red onions, peppers and eggplants  to accompany the meatballs, but it’s easy to swap out for what’s in season or available to you, so long as it cooks in relatively the same amount of time. The chickpeas don’t get super crunchy because they’re cooked with a lot of vegetables with moisture but they add some nice texture and of course a healthy dose of fiber! All together this dish is so flavorful and likely to be your new favorite sheet pan dinner!

What vegetables go with meatballs?

We love recipes when they’re versatile in terms of what veggies you can use, and this sheet pan dinner is no exception. We opted to use red onions, red peppers and eggplants (along with chickpeas) for this dish because they complemented the lemon and herb greek meatballs, but really you could use any veggies that would cook in the directed amount of time. Some other options:

  • cauliflower (small florets)
  • broccoli (small florets)
  • diced zucchini or summer squash
  • grape tomatoes

Tips for sheet pan cooking:

  • Sheet pan dinners are the best. Make sure to read the recipe all the way through (of course) and plan to use a timer! This way you can truly walk away from the oven and not have to worry about when you need to add anything for the next step.
  • Do the prep ahead of time: You can prepare so much of this meal the night before so that right before cooking all you have to do is cook! Chop all the veggies (minus the eggplant, which may brown if left cut overnight) and prepare the chickpeas and spices in a bowl and cover overnight in the fridge. You can also prepare the meatball mixture the night before so all you have to do is scoop them when ready to bake.
  • Use the correct size sheet pan. When we say sheet pan we are referring to the rimmed half sheet pan which is 18″ by 13″. The size of the sheet pan matters because you do not want to overcrowd the pan when cooking, so if you are using a smaller sheet pan you may need to use 2 to achieve the same result.

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Sheet Pan Greek Meatballs with Veggies and Chickpeas

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:25 Total Time 00:40 Serves 4

Ingredients

For Veggies and Chickpeas:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1- 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and sliced
  • 1 red onion, cored and sliced
  • ½ eggplant, diced to 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

For meatballs:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, squeeze out
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, plus more for garnish (optional)
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 lb. ground chicken (white or dark meat)
  • parsley, for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF and lightly oil a 12" x 18" sheet pan.
  2. In a large bowl mix all of the ingredients for the veggies and chickpeas and toss to combine. Place the vegetable mixture on the sheet pan, spread out evenly and bake for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile to the bowl add the egg, almond flour, oregano, salt, pepper, lemon zest and garlic and whisk until combined. Add in the spinach, feta, green onions and ground chicken and mix together.
  4. Take the sheet pan out of the oven at 15 minutes and move the veggies and chickpeas to each side to make space in the center for the meatballs.
  5. Using a small scoop (like a cookie scoop) portion meatballs onto the sheet pan (you want the meatballs to me on the small size, about 1” in diameter). Bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until the meatballs have cooked through to 165ºF.
  6. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately, or portion in meal prep containers and cool completely before closing the lid.

Recipe Notes

  1. For dairy-free: leave out the feta!
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Loaded Grilled Eggplant with Creamy Herb Sauce

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I absolutely love the flavors in this Loaded Grilled Eggplant with Creamy Herb Sauce! It is the perfect vegetarian dish to serve all season long! Fresh herbs, bold flavor, creamy sauce, and the meaty vegetarian filling make this dish a favorite! It’s Whole30-compliant, packed with healthy fats, and a great way to use up all of those fresh herbs and all of the eggplant growing right now!

Loaded Grilled Eggplant Creamy Herb Sauce {Vegetarian, dairy-free, BBQ, Summer, gluten-free, paleo-friendly} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

If you are looking for a hearty vegetarian Summer dish perfect for Summer BBQing, this is IT! Think umami flavored hearty ground nuts topped with creamy dreamy herb dressing using a blend of Summer herbs all served over perfectly grilled eggplant = BBQ heaven.

Loaded Grilled Eggplant Creamy Herb Sauce {Vegetarian, dairy-free, BBQ, Summer, gluten-free, paleo-friendly} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

 

The inspiration for this recipe came from Yotom Ottolenghi’s cookbook, “Jerusalem”. He has an eggplant dish where he covers the eggplant in za’tar, baked it and then tops it with a buttermilk sauce! Ever since seeing it, I had to try to make my own dairy-free version with all sorts of fresh summer herbs!

 

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If you have ever cooked with baby eggplant before you know that they are not just adorable, but also have a slightly sweet flavor. The combination of the grilled baby eggplant with the savory creamy sauce is perfection. We now want to use this sauce on everything!

 

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The nut crumble won’t make you miss meat at all in this dish. Such a perfect hearty vegetarian side for any Summer BBQ!

Loaded Grilled Eggplant Creamy Herb Sauce {Vegetarian, dairy-free, BBQ, Summer, gluten-free, paleo-friendly} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

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Loaded Grilled Eggplant with Creamy Herb Sauce

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:10 Total Time 0:20 Serves 4

Ingredients

    Grilled Eggplant

    Nut Crumble

    Dressing

    Garnish

    • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, roughly chopped
    • 1 tablespoon parsley, roughly chopped

    Directions

    1. Place all dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until well combined. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Place dressing in the fridge until ready to serve.
    2. In a small saucepan, add the ingredients for the nut crumble over low heat. Mix until well combined and toast the nuts until fragrant. About 5-10 minutes. Set mixture aside until ready to serve.
    3. Slice eggplant in half and score the flesh. Brush with olive oil and spices. Be generous with the olive oil and spices in this step. Heat and grease grill or grill-pan. Once hot, place eggplant on the grill, flesh side down. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden brown and soft to touch.
    4. Place Grilled eggplant on desired serving dish. Smear a generous amount of dressing onto each eggplant. Top with nut crumble and herbs. Serve warm!

    Recipe Notes

    *You can use regular eggplants here, but we find that this tastes best when you use Italian or baby eggplant!

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    Eggplant Lasagna Rollatini

    This Italian-style Eggplant Lasagna Rollatini is a delicious way to use up all of those eggplants and all of that fresh basil you have growing! It’s one of my favorite Italian dinners to whip up.Eggplant Lasagna Rollatini

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    Yep, it’s here. Just a few days away, and our family and friends start arriving in town TOMORROW. I am totally freaking out of excitement, and also because this day (a year and a half of planning) always seemed so far away, and now it’s HERE. Total madness. Make sure you follow along on social for updates!! I cannot wait to share it all with you guys!

    Eggplant Lasagna Rollatini

    I am totally in love with this dish. I can tolerate some dairy these days, and if you can, this is s a MUST-MAKE. I do always recommend buying local, raw dairy.

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    Juli made you Kale, Candied Bacon & Roasted Beet Salad

    This salad is filled with massaged, thinly sliced kale that makes eating your greens easier than ever! Thinly slicing beets and roasting them makes them get crispy but still soft inside. And the whole salad is finished off with candied bacon which is sweet, savory and crispy. You’ll absolutely love this salad…and that’s saying something since I hate salads.

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    Cassy made you Furikake Crab Bowl

    This Asian-inspired chilled crab and cucumber bowl is going to knock your socks off. The tangy dressing is delicious and the generous sprinkle of Furikake on top makes the dish! Enjoy a higher carbohydrate version with white rice or just opt for a bed entirely of shaved cucumbers. Make it your own and enjoy!

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    Harissa Chicken Stuffed Eggplant

    You guys remember Mina Harissa, right? I’ve made Moroccan Cauliflower Poppers (a favorite side dish and easy crowd pleaser), and Chermoula Shrimp Kebobs using the amazing flavors of Harissa. It’s no secret I’m a fan of the flavor, and the simple 6-ingredient list (red chili pepper, red bell pepper, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, vinegar & salt). Perfection.

    This dinner is… delicious, protein-packed, flavorful, packs a little kick, and loaded with veggies!Harissa Chicken Stuffed EggplantHarissa Chicken Stuffed Eggplant Harissa Chicken Stuffed Eggplant

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    Harissa Chicken Stuffed EggplantWhat is your favorite way to use eggplant?

    Harissa Chicken Stuffed Eggplant

    Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 0:40

    Ingredients

    Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Slice eggplant in half and scoop out the center, set aside for later use
  • Brush eggplant with olive oil and place on a lined baking sheet- bake for about 15 minutes, until softened
  • In a skillet heat other tbsp of oil and sauté garlic
  • Add in chopped onion, chicken, mushrooms, and the remaining eggplant, chopped
  • Cook until chicken is opaque
  • Add in tomatoes, mina, and spices
  • Add in spinach and mix until sautéed
  • Taste and adjust spices as desired
  • Place mixture into the eggplant bowls and bake for a remaining 10 minutes
  • Recipe Notes

  • The finer the chicken and veggies are chopped, the better!
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    Eggplant Meatballs

    These Eggplant Meatballs are perfect for a Meatless Monday meal (any day of the week of course, but the title is catchy)!

    Eggplant Meatballs

    Most of my main dishes combine both a vegetable and a protein (whether wild-caught fish, organic chicken, or a grass-fed meat), but sometimes you just want to switch it up!

    These eggplant meatballs have a soft meaty texture. If you love eggplant and are looking for a meatless meatballs dish, you’ll love these!

    Eggplant Meatballs

    This weekend I taught a 3-hour cooking class to an awesome group of 15 people at the Boston Center of Adult Education. The class was called “A Clean Eating Paleo Dinner Party” and on the menu was: Tropical Shrimp Ceviche Cups, Spaghetti Squash Chicken Pad Thai, Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies, my Honey Lime Fruit Salad with Cinnamon Sugar Chips, and some fresh coconut whipped cream. The class was fun, filled with great vibes, and everybody loved the food! The Tropical Shrimp Ceviche Cups (I’ll post them soon), and the cookies

    The class was fun, filled with great vibes, and everybody loved the food! The Tropical Shrimp Ceviche Cups (I’ll post them soon), and the cookies were a big hit!

    Eggplant Meatballs

    Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 25 min Total Time 0:35

    Ingredients

      For the Eggplant Meatballs

      Tomato Sauce

      Directions

    • Preheat oven to 350°F.
    • Peel eggplant and cut into cubes, place water in the bottom of pot and steam or boil eggplant until soft. Remove eggplant and squeeze out excess water well.
    • Place eggplant in a bowl and combine with ingredients. Mix well.
    • Line a baking sheet with slipat or parchment paper. Roll out balls (they will be soft, don't worry!)
    • Bake for 20 minutes, or until tender and firm to touch.
    • While cooking, heat garlic and oil in a separate pot. Add in onion and let cook for 2 minutes, stirring often. Add in remaining sauce ingredients, bring to a boil then lower heat to a simmer. When meatballs have cooled, gently place in pot of sauce until serving, or pour sauce over the meatballs.
    • Garnish and serve.
    • Recipe Notes

    • 1. These will NOT be hard like a beef or turkey meatball; they are definitely firm but are softer and break apart easily with your fork.
    • 2. Serving will vary slightly based on size of your eggplant. Makes 6 large meatballs or 9 medium sized.
    • 3. I served mine with spiralized zucchini noodles.
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      Eggplant Meatballs


      What’s your favorite ‘meatless Monday’ meal?