Quinoa Tabbouleh & Fairy Tale Eggplants with Toasted Pine Nuts & Yogurt Sauce

Quinoa Tabbouleh & Fairy Tale Eggplants

with Toasted Pine Nuts & Yogurt Sauce

2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

Blue Apron Chefs, it’s story time. This one begins with a very special variety of eggplant: fairy tale eggplant. Named for their "fairy-scale" size, these teardrop-shaped vegetables are almost too good to be true. Their flesh is mild and tender and their skin is a gorgeous, pale purple stippled with white. Served with toasty pine nuts, hearty tabbouleh and a zesty Greek yogurt sauce, we think you’ll find this dish, well, enchanting.

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    525 Cals (est.)
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Quinoa Tabbouleh & Fairy Tale Eggplants with Toasted Pine Nuts & Yogurt Sauce
Title
  • 1 cup White Quinoa
  • 6 oz Multicolored Cherry Tomatoes
  • 5 oz Fairy Tale Eggplant
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 2 Scallions
  • 1 bunch Mint
  • 1 Kirby Cucumber
  • 1 large bunch Parsley
  • 1 Lemon
  • 3 Tbsps Pine Nuts
  • ½ cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 oz Crumbled Feta Cheese
Cook the quinoa:
1 Cook the quinoa:
Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the quinoa and cook 15 to 17 minutes, or until tender. Using a fine strainer, drain thoroughly. Set the cooked quinoa aside as you continue cooking.
Prepare the ingredients:
2 Prepare the ingredients:
While the quinoa cooks, wash and dry the fresh produce. Slice the tomatoes and eggplants in half. Peel all 3 garlic cloves; mince 2. Mince the remaining clove; then, using the flat side of your knife, smash until it resembles a paste. Remove and discard the roots of the scallions; thinly slice the scallions, separating the white and green parts. Pick the mint and parsley leaves off the stems; discard the stems. Roughly chop the mint and parsley, keeping the 2 herbs separate. Small dice the cucumber. Using a peeler, remove the yellow rind of the lemon, avoiding the pith; mince the rind to get 2 teaspoons of zest. Quarter the lemon and remove the seeds.
Toast the nuts & make the yogurt sauce:
3 Toast the nuts & make the yogurt sauce:
Heat a large, dry pan (nonstick, if you have one) on medium-high until hot. Add the pine nuts and toast, stirring frequently, 2 to 4 minutes, or until browned and fragrant. Transfer to a small bowl. To make the yogurt sauce, combine the Greek yogurt, lemon zest, garlic paste and mint in a small bowl. Stir in a drizzle of olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cook the eggplants:
4 Cook the eggplants:
In a medium bowl, toss the eggplants with a drizzle of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. In the same pan used to toast the nuts, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the eggplants, cut side down first, and cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until browned and tender. Transfer to a plate and set aside in a warm place. Wipe out the pan.
Make the tabbouleh:
5 Make the tabbouleh:
In the same pan used to cook the eggplants, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the minced garlic and white parts of the scallions. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the cooked quinoa, parsley and the juice of 2 lemon wedges; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until well combined and heated through. Remove from heat and stir in the tomatoes and cucumber; season with salt and pepper to taste.
Plate your dish:
6 Plate your dish:
Divide the tabbouleh between 2 dishes. Top each with the cooked eggplants, toasted pine nuts and feta cheese. Garnish with the yogurt sauce, green parts of the scallions and the remaining lemon wedges. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Cook the quinoa:
1 Cook the quinoa:
Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the quinoa and cook 15 to 17 minutes, or until tender. Using a fine strainer, drain thoroughly. Set the cooked quinoa aside as you continue cooking.
2 Prepare the ingredients:
While the quinoa cooks, wash and dry the fresh produce. Slice the tomatoes and eggplants in half. Peel all 3 garlic cloves; mince 2. Mince the remaining clove; then, using the flat side of your knife, smash until it resembles a paste. Remove and discard the roots of the scallions; thinly slice the scallions, separating the white and green parts. Pick the mint and parsley leaves off the stems; discard the stems. Roughly chop the mint and parsley, keeping the 2 herbs separate. Small dice the cucumber. Using a peeler, remove the yellow rind of the lemon, avoiding the pith; mince the rind to get 2 teaspoons of zest. Quarter the lemon and remove the seeds.
Prepare the ingredients:
Toast the nuts & make the yogurt sauce:
3 Toast the nuts & make the yogurt sauce:
Heat a large, dry pan (nonstick, if you have one) on medium-high until hot. Add the pine nuts and toast, stirring frequently, 2 to 4 minutes, or until browned and fragrant. Transfer to a small bowl. To make the yogurt sauce, combine the Greek yogurt, lemon zest, garlic paste and mint in a small bowl. Stir in a drizzle of olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
4 Cook the eggplants:
In a medium bowl, toss the eggplants with a drizzle of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. In the same pan used to toast the nuts, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the eggplants, cut side down first, and cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until browned and tender. Transfer to a plate and set aside in a warm place. Wipe out the pan.
Cook the eggplants:
Make the tabbouleh:
5 Make the tabbouleh:
In the same pan used to cook the eggplants, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the minced garlic and white parts of the scallions. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the cooked quinoa, parsley and the juice of 2 lemon wedges; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until well combined and heated through. Remove from heat and stir in the tomatoes and cucumber; season with salt and pepper to taste.
6 Plate your dish:
Divide the tabbouleh between 2 dishes. Top each with the cooked eggplants, toasted pine nuts and feta cheese. Garnish with the yogurt sauce, green parts of the scallions and the remaining lemon wedges. Enjoy!
Plate your dish:
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