Broiled Eggplant & Wheat Berry Caprese

I’m in a serious cooking rut right now. I’m not sure what’s happening but I seem to be unable to effectively prepare a meal with heat. I’ve burned quinoa (who does that!?!), peanut butter cookies and beans. I’ve decided that most of my food this week is going to be raw or slightly seared. Other than that, no complex dishes for me!

I made one dish with an eggplant from my garden before the curse settled in. What a rewarding and colorful treat!

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Sicilian eggplant

In addition to being a huge fan of eggplant, I’m a huge fan of grains especially the hearty ones. Next week at the market, we’ll be talking all about wheat berries. They’re easy to prepare and incredibly healthy. The wheat berries are from Lucky Dog, an incredible farm in Hamden, NY. You can meet the producer, Richard Giles at Fort Greene greenmarket on Saturdays. Come visit!

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Broiled Eggplant and Wheat Berry Caprese

  • 1 medium eggplant, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup wheatberries
  • 1 cup water/vegetable broth
  • 2 oz fresh mozzarella
  • 4 grape tomatoes, halved
  • 4 basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine the wheat berries in a rice cooker or a saucepan. Cover and cook for 60 minutes, until tender and the water has evaporated.
  2. Preheat the broiler unit. Move the rack 4 inches from the heat source.
  3. Brush the eggplant generously with the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Broil the eggplant for 2 minutes on each side, watching carefully so that it doesn’t catch.
  5. Toss the cooked wheat berries with the mozzarella, basil, tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. Serve with the eggplant. Enjoy!

Author: 2birds1scone

My name is Shayla and I talk about food. A lot. I live in Brooklyn, NY where I work as a data nerd in the startup world. As much as I wish I could say I've been a healthy vegetarian for the past 8 years, I can't. I started off as many veg's do: eating primarily processed soy products, pasta, and pizza. I also brought meat back into my diet when I started a job in catering. When I realized that cutting out meat didn't make me feel any better and I was still gaining weight, I decided I needed to make some major changes. I started experimenting and researching; I found that the fresher the food was, the more I enjoyed it. I believe we are what we eat. How we feel and what we eat is so profoundly interconnected. It's impossible to exclude factors like diet and lifestyle when you are trying feel better overall. I understand how difficult eating (or just finding) healthy food can be which brings me to this blog. I aspire to help people make healthy living easier. 2birds1scone is a place for suggestions, inspiration and shared information. It's about bringing healthier perspectives to every part of your life. Please feel free to submit your thoughts and recipes! Namaste. "One choice at a time, with intention and compassion for our selves and our planet, we can eat clean and live well." -Terry Walters

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