The Mediterranean Bowl
The Mediterranean BowlPrep Time: 15 minsCook Time: 20 minsIngredients (4 servings)
2 small Italian eggplant, sliced about 1 cm thick1 tsp each dried oregano and mint1 or 2 tomatoes cut into eighths2 big handfuls of kale1 cup cooked lentils of choice (I used brown lentil (Masoor daal))1 cup cooked chickpeas¼ cup loosely packed parsley2 tbsp pine nuts1 tbsp lemon juice.For the dressing (makes about ½ cup – you will have some leftover):1 clove garlic, minced1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil1 tbsp almond butter2 tbsp water¼ cup lemon juicesea salt and black pepper, to tasteInstructionsSwitch the oven on to the high broil setting and give it a few minutes to heat.Meanwhile, arrange the eggplant slices and tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Mist them with olive oil and sprinkle with dried oregano and mint. Broil for about 8 minutes or until the flesh is light brown.Massage kale with salt and lemon juice to taste into chopped kale till it soften. Add one small clove of minced. Mix it in.Mix 2 tbsp of parsley into the lentils and the other 2 tbsp into the chickpeas. Squeeze 1 tbsp lemon juice in each and season to taste with black pepper and/or sea salt.When the eggplant and tomato have finished roasting, remove them from the oven. Arrange them in a bowl along with greens and the lentils and chickpeas. Scatter the pine nuts on top.Whisk together all ingredients for the dressing drizzle generously, along with lemon wedges to garnish if desired.