Underrated Oats - Peanut Ginger Eggplant and Sweet Potato with Coconut Oats

May  1, 2017
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  • Serves 2
Author Notes

Oatmeal is so often associated with breakfast and sweetness, but for me this grain is a great go-to for quick, filling, healthy meals. It's a blank canvas like rice that can become creamy or add a bit of sweetness to any savory dish...and quickly. Plus here the eggplant and sweet potato can be made ahead for an even speedier prep. —Sharon Brenner

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1 large knob ginger, equivalent size to garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (just peanuts!)
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • sesame oil and olive oil for cooking
  • salt, pepper, chili flake to taste
  1. Chop the eggplant into 1 – 2 inch-ish cubes and sprinkle with coarse salt. Let stand for 20 minutes.
  2. Chop the sweet potato into 1 – 2 inch-ish cubes and boil in water on medium hear for 15 – 20 minutes or until tender. Set aside.
  3. Once the eggplant is ready, rinse off the salt and use a paper towel to dry them off and soak up any excess water. Place the eggplant and onion in a baking pan, and add a generous helping of olive oil, and a tiny dash of salt and pepper. Use your hands to mix the olive oil around, making sure the eggplant pieces are coated. Cook at 350F/180C for 20 – 30 minutes or until the eggplant is soft and cooked through.
  4. When the sweet potato and eggplant are cooked you can prepare to serve. In a bowl, add the oats and 1/2 c coconut milk. Let stand for a few minutes and then add 1/2 c boiling water. Stir a few times to incorporate and then let sit.
  5. In a pan on medium-high heat, add a dash of sesame oil and into it grate the ginger and garlic. Add a pinch of chili flake. Sautee until just starting to brown. Lower the heat to medium/medium-low and add the soy sauce, peanut butter, and a tbsp or so of luke warm water. Stir to incorporate.
  6. To that, add 1/2 c coconut milk and combine. Add the sweet potato and eggplant, and combine. Add a little spoonful of water as needed to help the sauce coat the vegetables.
  7. Serve with the coconut oats and a light cilantro and mint salad (dressed here with a light dash of sesame oil and lemon juice).

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