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Caprese-Stuffed Eggplant with Balsamic Drizzle

If you like Caprese salad, you’ll love this variation on the theme! In just 25 minutes, you’ll have a dish that combines the fresh flavors of a salad with the tanginess of balsamic vinegar and the heartier qualities of eggplant, organic quinoa, and brown rice.

20m
Prep Time
25m
Total Time
4
Servings
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (8.5-ounce) package SEEDS OF CHANGE®
  • 2 tablespoons julienne-cut fresh basil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 4 ounces fresh Mozzarella cheese, cut into 8 slices*
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut in 4 slices each
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
DIRECTIONS

Heat grill for direct heat. Cut eggplant in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to hollow out eggplant, leaving 1/4-inch thick shell.

Chop eggplant pulp into 1/2-inch pieces.

In large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Cook and stir eggplant, salt and pepper until eggplant is tender and brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in SEEDS OF CHANGE® Quinoa and Brown Rice, 1 tablespoon basil and water; heat through.

Meanwhile, brush inside of eggplant halves with remaining 2 teaspoons oil; place cut side down on grill rack; cover and grill over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until eggplant is tender. Remove from grill.

Divide rice mixture between eggplant shells. Arrange tomato halves and cheese over rice mixture. Return to grill; cover and grill 3 to 5 minutes or just until cheese is warmed. Drizzle with vinegar and sprinkle with remaining basil.

*If fresh mozzarella is not available, use 4 ounces sliced mozzarella cheese. Cut each slice in half and continue as directed.

Oven directions: Heat oven to 400°F. Place eggplant shells, cut side down, on foil-lined baking sheet. Roast 10 minutes or until shells are tender. Continue as directed above—except bake stuffed shells in oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is warm.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
Calories
270
Total Fat
12g / 18%
Saturated Fat
4.5g / 23%
Trans Fat
0g
Sodium
490mg / 20%
Carbohydrates
29g / 10%
Dietary Fiber
6g / 24%
Sugars
4g
Protein
12g