Eggplant Pepper Relish, A Versatile Dish

Eggplant Pepper Relish, A Versatile Dish


If you are looking for versatile dish that can be all these things below:

  • served hot, cold, or room temperature
  • vegetable dish
  • appetizer
  • used as ingredients in a sandwich, burger, etc.

Check out the eggplant pepper relish recipe at All Recipes.

The recipe is flexible and you can change the amount of ingredients with the same instructions.

A Variation of Ingredients

Here is what I used for a potluck at work:

  • 3 medium sweet red peppers, cut in half lengthwise
  • 3 medium sweet yellow peppers, cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 medium eggplants, halved lengthwise
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Even covering of parsley to taste and to add some green colour to the dish.

The main changes from the original recipe are double the eggplants/garlic, though the peppers still form the majority of the relish. Leaving the skins on the vegetables kept the dish colourful as seen in the photo of the Eggplant Pepper Relish above.

Basic Instructions

  1. Broil the vegetables until skins are tender.
  2. Cover them for 15 minutes.
  3. Mix all the ingredients together.

The original recipe provides you details, nutritional information, and ideas on other variations like adding onions.

References

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BBQ the Healthy Way – Healthy BBQ Options and Alternatives

BBQ the Healthy Way – Healthy BBQ Options and Alternatives


This post about having healthy barbeque foods was written by guest blogger Lesleanne Blakeley.

In the information and the table below, she outlines some popular BBQ foods and suggests some healthier alternatives to typical barbeque foods allowing you to reduce your intake of fats, calories, and sodium.

Known by some as ‘Canada’s Birthday’, July 1st brings upon nation-wide celebrations. Major highlights often include fireworks, a day off from work, a long weekend in some years, and a social gathering with family and friends, which often includes a Canada Day barbeque feast that looks and tastes good, but doesn’t always include the healthiest or calorie-friendly foods.

This year, the Health and Wellness Ring wants to make sure you are able host the best Canada Day barbeque without sabotaging your diet or that summer-ready body you’ve been working hard for. With these key factors in mind, we’ve provided a few healthier alternatives for the barbeque staple foods that are sure to be just as delicious, but without the extra calories, fats and sodium.

Instead of typical BBQ fare, try these healthier options.

Typical BBQ Food Healthier Alternative
Meat
  • Beef Burgers
  • Beef Hot Dogs
  • Beef Sausage
  • White-bread Buns
  • Turkey/ Bison/ Vegetable/ burgers
  • Turkey Hot Dogs
  • Turkey Sausage
  • Whole wheat/ Multi-grain Buns
  • If beef is your BBQ meat-of-choice, always opt for lean or extra lean beef products
  • Ribs
  • Steak
  • BBQ Chicken
  • If ribs are a must for your Canada Day weekend celebrations opt for a low-fat barbeque sauce instead of using a traditional, fatty barbeque sauce
  • Red meat products tend to be higher in saturated fats (bad fats) so cutting down on these and replacing with alternatives the best you can is always a good way to ensure a healthier meal!
  • If red meat is a must, try combining it with vegetables by making shish-kabobs even healthier: chicken or shrimp kabobs- When barbequing chicken, use skinless chicken breasts, thighs, and wings, and use low-fat barbeque sauces
Sides
  • French Fries with salt and ketchup
  • Sweet Potato Fries with sea salt
  • “Chips n’ Dip”
  • Use multi-grain Tostitos instead of the regular Tostitos
  • If the “seven-layer dip” is a summertime hit at your BBQ’s, make sure to use low-fat cream cheese and sour cream, use reduced fat cheese for the top layer, and increase the vegetable content. For example, add more fresh peppers to your salsa layer
  • Potato Salad
  • Macaroni Salad
  • Coleslaw
  • Use reduced fat mayonnaise, incorporate more vegetables (red peppers, green onion, etc)
  • If you enjoy your creamier salads, opt for a broccoli salad, still using low fat mayonnaise, cutting back on carbohydrates and starch and incorporating more vitamins into your meal
  • EXTRA HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES: Mixed bean and vegetable salad to really cut back on calories.
  • Include a fruit salad when to add a healthy, yet sweet treat to your BBQ meal
  • Corn on the Cob with butter and table salt

Try Corn on the Cob with:

  • Sea salt
  • Heart-healthy margarines, like Becel, which have no trans fats and very little saturated fat but the same delicious taste as butter
Green Salads
  • Caesar Salad
  • Greek Salad
  • Garden Salad
  • Skip the high-calorie cream dressings and salads such as Caesar
  • While a Greek salad is a great way to incorporate vegetables into your meal, make sure to use low fat, low sodium feta and dressing
  • Make a garden or spinach salad healthier by adding fresh fruit or vegetables, or even a combination of both to the mix
  • Add some healthy nuts to your garden salad (walnuts and pine nuts are an excellent example)
  • Create your own salad dressing by combining extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and dried herbs

References

The content for this post was taken from the article:

Blakely, Lesleanne (2011 June 8). “Celebrating Canada Day the Healthy Way” Ontario Public Service GSC Health and Wellness Ring June 2011 Newsletter. Retrieved 5 July 2011.

References for Original Article

Summer Drink that is Refreshing and Easy to Make


Mix the following ingredients together into a refreshing drink for the summer. It’s loved by the whole family.

You can varying portions of lemon juice for the refreshing taste and maple syrup for sweetness.

  • Lemon juice x 1 tablespoon
  • Maple Syrup x 1.5 tablespoon
  • Ginger, finely chopped x 1 tablespoon
  • 325-500 ml of carbonated water, e.g. Clearly Canadian, Perrier (good if you want to control sweetness)
Chickpea Salad Recipe – 30 minutes prep, goes well with meat and bread

Chickpea Salad Recipe – 30 minutes prep, goes well with meat and bread


Here is a recipe I used for a salad potluck at work based on a Food Network.ca recipe. Preparation time may take you longer depending on how fast you can prepare the vegetables.

“Chickpea Delight”

Summary

Preparation time: 25 minutes for ingredient preparation, 5 minutes for mixing, Wait 60 minutes for salad to settle.

Serves: 10-12. You can reduce ingredients by one half to feed 5-6.

Ingredients

  1. 2 cans of chickpeas (19 oz / 540 ml). Rinse and drain the chickpeas.
  2. ½ red pepper and ½ yellow pepper chopped or 1 red/yellow pepper, chopped
  3. 1 cucumber, chopped OR 1 onion, chopped
  4. 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  5. ½ cup cilantro or parsley or coriander, chopped
  6. lemon juice squeezed from 1 lemon
  7. 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, you can add more for flavour if you wish

Directions

  • Mix all ingredients together and toss salad.
  • Add additional seasoning if necessary (minced garlic, olive oil, lemon juice) and taste.
  • Let tossed salad sit for 60 minutes before serving

Notes

  • Can be kept in fridge for 2 weeks
  • Goes well with grilled / BBQ meat, breads, or mixed greens

Other dressing ideas

Thanks to my Aunt Rose for this dressing recipe!

Combine these ingredients into a container and shake well another type of dressing. You can vary amounts based on desired taste.

  • Balsamic vinaigrette
  • Honey
  • Sea Salt or Table salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Mustard (helps mix the other ingredients together well)

References

Chickpea SaladFood Network.ca. Retrieved 2011 April 27.