Vegan Falafel-Stuffed Eggplant withTahini Sauce and Tomato Relish

Vegan Falafel-Stuffed Eggplant
withTahini Sauce and Tomato Relish
Florida Coastal Cooking

Inspired by Cooking Light

Serves 4


Tahini sauce:

3 tablespoons warm water

2 tablespoons tahini (roasted sesame seed paste)

4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon agave

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 garlic clove, minced


2 eggplants (about 12 ounces each)

Cooking spray

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup fresh gluten free breadcrumbs (or regular)

1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 tablespoon tahini (roasted sesame seed paste)

teaspoons olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper

2 Tbsp Mila + 6 Tbsp water (in place of two large eggs - feel free to use if you have those on hand or have a seed allergy and are not eating vegan).

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added pinto beans (chickpeas can also be used)


1 cup chopped seeded tomato

1/2 cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber

1/2 cup vertically sliced red onion

1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


1. To prepare sauce, combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl, and stir with a whisk. Set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 475°.

3. To prepare eggplant, slice the eggplants in half lengthwise; score cut sides with a crosshatch pattern. Place the eggplant halves, cut sides down, on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 475° for 7 minutes or until slightly tender and browned. Remove from oven; carefully scoop out pulp, leaving a 3/4-inch shell. Reserve pulp for another use. Season cut sides with 1/4 teaspoon salt.

4. Combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, onion, and remaining ingredients (through pinto beans or chickpeas) in a food processor; process until smooth. Spoon 1/2 cup pinto (or chickpea) mixture into each eggplant shell. Bake at 475° for 25 minutes or until eggplant halves are tender and pinto mixture is lightly browned.

5. To prepare relish, combine the tomato and remaining ingredients in a bowl; stir to combine.

6. Place 1 eggplant half on each of 4 plates. Top each half with 1/4 cup relish and 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce.