Under 5 Ingredient Miso Eggplant and Tamari vs. Soy Sauce
I love Japanese food. Quinoa fried rice, cauli fried rice, pretty much anything with soy sauce (now I've started to use more tamari instead of soy...more on that below). Sometimes I just crave the saltiness of a dish with soy/tamari. I feel like I'm being bad and ordering Chinese even though it's oh so far from that.
Here is a somewhat quick but definitely easy miso eggplant recipe. The green onion MAKES this dish. I would recommend adding even a little more than I have pictured because I ended up wanting some for every bite. NOTE - I made this recipe prior to learning of my food intolerance to sesame seeds through the Pinnertest. Sesame seeds are supposed to help balance hormones (and also taste delish) so I used to add them to pretty much every Japanese dish that I cooked but can no longer eat them. If you don't have an intolerance to sesame seeds, load em on top!
1 large eggplant
1 tablespoon tamari
1 tablespoon miso paste
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and black pepper
Toppings: chopped green onion, sesame seeds
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Cut eggplant into cubes, mix with evoo and sprinkle salt and pepper on top.
- Bake for 20 minutes
- Blend tamari and miso paste with 2 tablespoons of water. Mix with eggplant.
- Bake 10 more minutes
- Sprinkle chopped scallion and sesame seeds on top
- NOTE - I always have trouble finding miso paste in stores so I buy it on Amazon Prime. I also get my tamari on AP if I can't find it in stores (both are linked below).
Why am I using tamari instead of soy? As I mentioned above, I LOVE dishes with soy sauce. I realized that Bry and I were probably eating a little more of it than we should be. So I opted for a healthier alternative. Tamari is less salty and also fermented (fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut and kombucha are very good for you). The tamari that I've been using is also gluten-free. While I don't have celiac (that I know of at least), I do find that eating gluten makes me VERY tired so I try to avoid it when I can.