Do you eat enough vegetables? 🍅🍆 Having couple of meat free days can help to increase vegetable intake and improve your health (lowering blood pressure, reducing risk of heart disease, preventing some cancers, improving digestive problems and stabilizing blood sugar levels are just handful of benefits). Ensuring vegetarian meals contain protein is important - especially if you go one step further into the vegan world.
Beans and lentils are a perfect add on to any vegetarian/vegan dish.
I made stuffed, baked aubergines with haricot beans and it went down really well last night (well it's a bit easier as my 8 year old son prefers vegetables to meat 😉). Nevertheless, this dish is simple and full of flavour. Served with brown rice on this occasion.
Scoop out aubergine flash, making little boats. Coat with olive oil, season and bake until tender but not overcooked.
Chop the flash, plus other vegetables into small pieces - I used mushrooms, courgettes and peppers. Sauté red onion with minced garlic, add vegetables, seasoning, bit of stock and beans (I used tinned haricot beans) and simmer until tender. Stir pesto trough at the end (I used home made basil pesto but any shop bought is fine). Place few cubes of cheese at the bottom of the aubergine boats - I used smoked cheddar but feta, goats, blue , Mozzarella would be perfect too. Top with vegetables, grated cheese and bake until cheese melted. Enjoy!
Perfect dish to experiment with veggies, spices and herbs!
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