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
medium sweet potato
medium onion, sliced
large garlic cloves
large knob ginger, equivalent size to garlic cloves
peanut butter (just peanuts!)
low sodium soy sauce
full fat coconut milk
sesame oil and olive oil for cooking
salt, pepper, chili flake to taste
Chop the eggplant into 1 – 2 inch-ish cubes and sprinkle with coarse salt. Let stand for 20 minutes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Serve with the coconut oats and a light cilantro and mint salad (dressed here with a light dash of sesame oil and lemon juice).