Sauteed Eggplant with Honey & Thyme

My parents were given an eggplant and had no idea what to do with it, so they gave it to me. I absolutely love eggplant and have used it to make baba ganoush, ratatouille, and eggplant parmesan. But I also have zucchini from their garden coming out of my ears and plan on making zucchini parmesan this week. So, what to do differently with this eggplant?

Evernote Food is my favorite app. I house my online recipes in the cookbook and can search recipes when I’m looking for something new. I made this eggplant with honey and thyme last night. It was delicous! I used almond milk and coconut flour instead of dairy or gluten. The coconut flour gave it an extra bit of sweetness in addition to the little bit of honey. I think you could probably even sprinkle some goat cheese or parmesan cheese on top and it would be divine. Enjoy!

Sauteed Eggplant with Honey & Thyme

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Pseudo Tacos & Chewy Chocolate Walnut Brownie Bites

Today was my first day back on the I Quit Sugar program. In the first week you just try to avoid blatant sugary foods like donuts, cookies, cakes, etc. I didn’t make food yesterday, so I ended up at Harry & Izzy’s for lunch. I wanted bread so bad, but compromised and ate a delicious beet and green bean salad with goat cheese and one filet slider. I’ve found it takes about three days to reduce the sugar and carb cravings. Mine are so strong right now I just had to start from day one again.

For dinner I made tacos with ground beef, seasoned with a packet from Trader Joes that does not include soybean oil. If you’re trying to avoid soy as well, you’ll be amazed how soy is in EVERYTHING. Read your labels.

For dessert, I made local raw food chef, Audrey Barron’s, Chewy Chocolate Walnut Brownie Bites. Every recipe from her that I’ve made has been delicious, including these brownie bites. But a note of caution, use only a true, tiny pinch of salt. I made them way too salty with my overestimation of a pinch. These took maybe 15 minutes to put together and they’re better after being refrigerated.

Pseudo Tacos
(because that’s what my dad calls them when you break up tortilla chips)
-1 tablespoon pure olive oil
-1/2 onion, chopped
-1 lb. ground beef
-1/2 packet of taco seasoning (no soy preferred)
-1 can of diced tomatoes with green chiles (or a real tomato!)
– ½ cup black beans (optional)
-corn tortilla chips or corn taco shells (no soy preferred)
-shredded lettuce
-avocado or guacamole (optional)
-salsa (optional)

Put the olive oil in a saute pan on medium high heat. Add the chopped onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook for 5 minutes. Drain the grease. Return the pan to the stove on low heat and add the taco seasoning and cook for 2 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes.

Crunch up some tortilla chips on a plate. Layer ground beef mixture, beans, lettuce, avocado/guacamole, and salsa. Voila!

Chewy Chocolate Walnut Brownie Bites

Makes 20 to 30 bites if you make them tiny (not like my giant ones in the photo)

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• 2 ¼ cup walnuts
• 15 pitted dates, chop them and soak in ½ cup water

• 6 tablespoons cacao powder
• 2 pinches of salt
• 1 tablespoon granulated coconut sugar

1. Process ¼ cup walnuts and pinch of salt in food  processor until coarsely chopped.

Put into small bowl and mix in coconut sugar. Set aside.

2. Process 2 cups walnuts in your food processor until finely ground. Drain dates

(save water) and add to walnuts and process until combined. Add cacao and one pinch of salt and process until completely combined. Use a tiny bit of the date water if needed to combine in the food processor. Not too much.
3. Roll brownie mixture into small, tiny balls then roll in walnut coconut sugar

mixture.
4. Chill in refrigerator to firm.

These treats are low glycemic, gluten free and free of trans fats and processed

sugars. The perfect healthy chocolate fix! Store in freezer for longer shelf life and for a delicious frozen chocolate treat!

Recipe by Audrey Barron with Be Bliss Healing Therapies: http://www.beofbliss.com/