Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tasty Thursday: Quinoa and Eggplant Sandwich

Hello friends! Today I decided to take a rest day from running because I felt sick when I woke up. I had been feeling tired the last couple of days, but I figured it was a pregnancy thing. It turns out that I've been sniffly all day and I've had a throat ache--just my luck! Since medication is out of the question (not that I'm fond of it), lots of water, vitamins and rest should fix the problem. I'll let you know tomorrow how that works out for me!

Anywho, did y'all know that August is the "sandwich" month? In honor of the sandwich month, I will be posting a delicious sandwich recipe that requires no bread! What's the point huh? Well, I'm not crazy about breads or products that contain gluten, so I try to limit that food item as much as possible. That doesn't mean however, that you can't eat a mean, lean and delicious faux sandwich. There are many substitutes to bread, including eggplant! Here's the recipe:

Quinoa & Eggplant Sandwich
8 slices of eggplant, 1/2 inch thick
1 cup quinoa
1 cup fresh tomatoes, diced
1 bunch of basil, chopped
1 bunch chives, chopped
1 cup finely chopped carrots
1/2 cup black olives, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup capers
1 bunch watercress (optional)
olive oil to taste
balsamic vinegar to taste
salt and pepper to taste
*cheese substitute (if you enjoy eating cheese on your sandwiches)
1. Lightly salt the eggplant slices on both sides and rest on a towel for about 10 minutes. Boil the quinoa for about 20 minutes. Strain and cool without rinsing.
2. Prepare a tomato salsa by mixing the diced tomatoes with some basil and chives. Season with salt, pepper and olive oil. Set to the side.
3. Preheat a skillet and add some olive oil. Lay the eggplant slices in the pan and sear for a few minutes on each side (be careful no to to overcook). Remove them from the pan.
4. To make the "sandwich," place a slice of eggplant in the center of a plate and cover with a handful of watercress. Place a scoop of quinoa salad on top, follow with some cheese substitute and finish with another slice of eggplant.
Ok ok, so it isn't a juicy burger, but hey, your body will thank you!!
What's your favorite sandwich?
Transforming Your Morning Challenge:
Gratitude Journal: I am grateful for having lunch with my BFF Alyssa today.
Quote: "Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve; nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of oneself." - T.S. Eliot
Positive Affirmation: I am my own unique self. 

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