I have one more guest post to share with you, for now, dear readers. This one comes to you by my friend Diana, from A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa. Diana and I have been foraging a friendship over this last year based in a love for the land, animals, and real, wholesome food. I love Diana for her honesty, and the way she really opens the door to her life on her urban homestead in Iowa through her blog. I know, doesn’t that sound like an oxymoron, that someone living in Iowa would consider their home to be urban? But again, that is the beauty of sharing lives with each other through blogging – you learn how wrong you are about so much and how much there is still to learn! I love that.
Diana and I both raise heritage breed chickens, and love to garden. Even though we are mostly at the end of our garden season here, many of you are still awash in tomatoes and eggplants, and this recipe is perfect for you. For the rest of us, let’s stock it away for next year! Now for a recipe straight from the garden, the lovely Diana takes it from here.
Thank you, Jenn, for inviting me to guest post on your blog. You always inspire me in your dedication to live a life in sustainability and stewardship.
I’ve had the privilege of befriending Jenn over the past year. Kindred spirits you might say.
We share a passion in real food and homesteading including calloused hands and dirt grimed fingernails from working our own pieces of land.
I an urban homesteader and she a homesteader. Besides a shared appreciation of worm castings and poop, what I enjoy about Jenn is her love of fine cooking.
As much as I adore to work in my organic gardens and raise backyard urban chickens for eggs and meat, I find joy when I’m able to share the fruits of my labor with family and friends at the dinner table.
When Jenn asked me to share a simple seasonal recipe, I decided to share with you something special using end of the season eggplant and cherry tomatoes.
Eggplant has a sort of villain/superhero kind of reputation. Some love it while others despise the notion of even looking at such an odd fruit that comes in so many shapes and sizes.
I enjoy eggplant and find that as long as it’s cooked along side other vegetables and herbs, it brings out the best in it’s texture and flavor.
A sure way to make any vegetable pleasing, including eggplant, is to roast them sprinkled with celtic sea salt and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.
It deepens their flavor and when it comes to eggplant, gives them a bit more sustenance without the creaminess.
An End of the Season Roasted Eggplant, Tomato and White Bean Salad
This is a simple salad to make using white navy beans, tuna, roasted eggplant and tomatoes. It’s mixed in a balsamic vinaigrette and topped with feta cheese and fresh cut rosemary. Deep and vibrant it makes a perfect side dish for a busy weekday meal.
- 1 cup white navy beans
- 1 can tuna
- 1 eggplant, diced
- 20 cherry tomatoes (use some green unripened tomatoes if you have them), cut in half
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1tbls fresh cut rosemary, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Feta cheese to garnish
1. In a baking dish, add the diced eggplant and half cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle with sea salt and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Roast in a 375F oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Once roasted, remove from the baking dish and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, mix the beans, tuna, roasted eggplants and tomatoes. Add the balsamic vinaigrette, olive oil and fresh cut rosemary. Add salt and pepper to taste and toss well.
3. Garnish with Feta Cheese.