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Zaalouk – Moroccan Inspired Tomato & Eggplant Spread

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FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 160
Protein 2g
Fat 11g
Carbs 13g
Total Time 35 minutes

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Zaalouk – Moroccan Inspired Tomato & Eggplant Spread

Ingredients

Zaalouk - Moroccan Inspired Tomato & Eggplant Spread
Ingredients for 5 servings

  • 1 1/2 lb (681g) tomatoes (on the vine)
  • 1 large (~1lb) eggplant, peeled and chopped into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika OR chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (OPTIONAL)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
Steps

Set a large pot on medium heat and immediately add all of the ingredients except parsley.  Stir and toss using a spatula to ensure the seasoning has coated all the ingredients.
Zaalouk - Moroccan Inspired Tomato & Eggplant Spread

Bring it to a light simmer, reduce the heat to low-medium, then cover and cook for at least 15 minutes.

Use the back of a spatula to mash up the tomatoes and eggplant and continue stirring.
Zaalouk - Moroccan Inspired Tomato & Eggplant Spread

Cook for another 10 – 15 minutes until a the majority of the liquid has evaporated and a paste is created.  Monitor the heat to ensure nothing is burning.
Zaalouk - Moroccan Inspired Tomato & Eggplant Spread

Fold in the parsley and season to taste with sea salt & pepper.
Zaalouk - Moroccan Inspired Tomato & Eggplant Spread

Enjoy this immediately while hot but I enjoy it BEST when it has chilled overnight, a great make ahead recipe for a party or tailgate.  Enjoy with pita bread or toasted sourdough.
Zaalouk - Moroccan Inspired Tomato & Eggplant Spread

 

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Calories
160
Protein
2g
Fat
11g
Carbs
13g
Sodium
240mg
Fiber
5g
Sugar
7g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.