Grilled Eggplant with a Chickpea Tomato Stew

Vegan

Read here for the inspiration behind my grilled eggplant with a chickpea tomato stew! Given how healthy and delicious this is, it’s hard to believe you can throw this together on a weeknight, but you can! Eggplant is fulfilling, satiating, and can absorb flavors perfectly. Chickpeas, tomatoes, and eggplant are a match made in heaven. You can just grill your eggplant or make the chickpea tomato stew separately. The chickpea tomato stew is inspired by a nostalgic dish my mom makes with ground turkey simmered in a Moroccan-inspired tomato sauce, but this is the vegan version!

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Grilled Eggplant with a Chickpea Tomato Stew

You can make both or one of these items as they are satiating and delicious on their own. But serving the eggplant with the chickpea tomato stew is a match made in heaven!
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Keyword: chickpeas in tomato sauce, Grilled eggplant
Servings: 4 people
Author: ChiVeg

Ingredients

Eggplant

  • 1 eggplant (sliced)
  • 1 clove garlic (diced)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil (2 for marinade and 1 for grilling (or grapeseed oil for sautéing))
  • 3 dashes liquid smoke
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika (1 for the marinade, 1 for the griling process)
  • 2 tsp cumin (1 for the marinade, 1 for the griling process)
  • 1 handful basil (chopped)
  • 1 handful cilantro (loosely chopped)

Chickpea Tomato Stew

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion (red or golden, diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tsp cumin (I add 3 tsp)
  • 2 tsp Hungarian paprika (I add 3 tsp)
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 16 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1.5 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 16 oz can of chickpeas (drained)
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1 handful green olives (kalamata works too)
  • 1 handful cilantro (loosely chopped)
  • salt/pepper (to taste)
  • 1 cup couscous or basmati rice (optional)

Instructions

Eggplant

  • Chop your eggplant into 1/4 -1/2 inch thick circular pieces.
  • Mix your marinade ingredients together in a small bowl and add to a casserole dish. Add your eggplant to the marinade and make sure each piece is evenly coated.
  • Let eggplant sit in the marinade for about 30 minutes (if you don’t have the time at least 10 minutes works). You can start on your chickpea tomato stew preparation now!
  • Grilling instructions: In a small bowl mix your olive oil, cumin, and smoked paprika. On high heat, grill each side of the eggplant slices for about 3-4 minutes and brush each side with the olive oil-spice mixture.
  • Sautéing instructions: In a medium shallow pan, heat up 2 tbsp of grapeseed oil on medium heat. Add your eggplant and sauté for about 4-5 minutes on each side till brown.

Chickpea Tomato Stew

  • Heat up your wide and deep pan on medium heat and add olive oil. Heat the oil and add your onions. Dice your onion and garlic. Sauté them for about 2 minutes till they are translucent.
  • Add your garlic for about 1 minute and then add the spices.
  • Pour your diced tomatoes, stir, and add your tomato paste, stir again. Add your chickpeas, capers, and olives.
  • Pour your veggie broth and bring to a boil. Then simmer on very low for 20 minutes and prepare your couscous/rice according to the directions.
  • Taste for seasoning, adjust, and garnish with cilantro. Serve with couscous or rice and your grilled eggplant!

Notes:

  • If you want more flavor, add more cumin and paprika!
  • If you want more spice, add red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper
  • Adding bell peppers is a nice touch.
  • I like to drizzle a bit of extra virgin olive oil on the eggplant right before serving them.
Marinated eggplant.
Marinated eggplant.
Grilled eggplant is ready!
Grilled eggplant is ready!
Chickpeas simmered in tomatoes.
Chickpeas simmered in tomatoes.
The grilled eggplant with chickpeas simmered in tomato sauce.
The grilled eggplant with chickpeas simmered in tomato sauce. Grilled Balsamic Brussels sprouts on the side.

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