Saturday, January 5, 2013

Eggplant Roll Ups & Napoleon! GF, V, SCD!

Wow, thank you all so much for the wonderful words of encouragement and hope after yesterday’s post. My heart is so full and overwhelmed with everyone’s outpouring of love. Thank you:)
Today I did wake up with a new-found hope, knowing that I’m right where I’m supposed to be. I’m going to take advantage of every moment.
Eggplant and Avocado Roll Ups!
So after a long day of running errands with my mom (still cleaning up fire damage in Wisconsin), I decided to whip up something particularly yummy for dinner.
amazing napoleons too!
Enter: My Eggplant Avocado Roll Ups!
delicious avocado and tomato filling!
Hold up…**screeching tires**…Eggplant andavocado?!? Yep! You read that right! Eggplant and Avocado team up to create a delicious dish!
golden brown deliciousness!
And, it’s Gluten Free, Vegan, and Specific Carb Diet SCD Friendly!
fantastic little bites!
Here’s what you need: (Serves 2)
1 eggplant, sliced thin, lengthwise on a mandolin
1 roma tomato, sliced in thin rounds, then sliced in strips (for a napoleon, just rounds)
1 avocado, mashed
1 Tbsp finely minced red onion
1 garlic clove, grated
healthy squeeze of lime
Preheat oven to 425. Carefully slice your eggplant paper-thin on the mandolin. Then, place them on 2 olive-oil-sprayed baking sheets. Spray the eggplant with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 13 minutes, flipping halfway through.
While your eggplant is roasting, slice your tomato and make your guacamole. Simply combine all the guac ingredients in a bowl and mash with the back of a fork.
Now, you have two options. You could either make the Roll Ups, or you could create a Napoleon. Both are wonderful, and aesthetically stunning options.
Eggplant Napoleons!
Roll Ups:
Place 2 strips of tomato, and about 1 tsp guacamole on one eggplant strip, and roll up!
what a meal!
Stack 3 eggplant strips on top of each other. Then, put a slice of tomato and 1 Tbsp guacamole. Place 3 more stacked strips of eggplant on top of that, and top with another slice of tomato and more guacamole.
This meal was terrific. The flavors and textures were superb! By cooking the eggplant in super-thin strips at a high temperature, they become crispy on the outside and wonderfully chewy on the inside! You could eat them all by themselves!
so fresh!
And the combination of that chewiness with the rich and creamy avocado and juicy tomato was so delightful!
stuffed with love:) haha
And they were so beautiful to look at too! The napoleon had a striking beauty about it, while the roll ups were so intriguing – you just wanted to know what was inside!
so healthy and so yummy!
There were absolutely no leftovers of these! They were all gobbled up!
look at that texture!
And finally, I’d like to give a big thank you to the wonderful Richa over at Vegan Richa for nominating me for the “Hope relay”. In case you missed it, here is my Hope post:)
What’s your definition of Hope?
Until tomorrow!
Need a mandoline or an olive oil mister? here's the ones I use and love:

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