Eggplants are definitely one of my favourite vegetables; marking its appearance weekly in my shopping basket. Being vegetarian, I always try and experiment with different ways of incorporating this versatile, low calorie, glossy purple phytonutrient superfood into my family's weekly meal plan.
Itís a great substitute for meat and pasta and makes the perfect base for a variety of entrees, main meals and snacks.
These Eggplant & Lentil Sausage Rolls are a great example of how a fast food staple can be shaped into something much more healthy and low in fat. Itís great for vegetarians (and non-vegetarians), kids and people wanting something decadent to snack on without the salt, sugar, fat and calories of a meat-based, fast food bought sausage roll.
Trust me Ė you wonít miss the fact there is NO MEAT
in this sausage roll.
Eggplant & Lentil Sausage Rolls - you will be surprised these snacks are meat-free, low in fat and super healthy.
: 45 minutes
: 15 minutes
: 6-8 servings
1 Large Eggplant
2 Desiree Potatoes
50g Dried Porcini Mushrooms
1/2 Cup Brown Lentils
2 Cups Mushroom Stock
50g Dried Cranberries
1 Cup Almond Meal (or substitute with Breadcrumbs)
1/2 Cup Red Wine
3 Sheets Frozen Filo Pastry
The key ingredients required for these Sausage Rolls are Eggplant, Potato, Porcini Mushrooms and Lentils.
Thinly slice eggplant and potatoes into rounds.
Roasted Eggplant and Potatoes make up one half of the filling for these Vegetarian Sausage Rolls.
Simmer lentils, porcini mushrooms and mushroom stock until liquid has absorbed.
Add cranberries and almond meal to the lentils.
Combine the roasted eggplant, potato and red wine with the lentil mixture.
Spoon the Eggplant and Lentil mixture down one side of the filo pastry.
Roll the filo pastry to form a sausage.
Eggplant & Lentil Sausage Rolls served with freshly made Dill Pesto.
Although these vegetarian sausage rolls are delicious when served hot straight from the oven, they taste equally great the following day eaten hot or cold. Theyíre a fantastic addition to a kidís lunch box, or as picnic food or as an appetiser at your next party.
If youíre looking for inspiration incorporating eggplant into your daily meal plan, why not try your hand with some of these recipes and get this super-food into your diet right now Ö Eggplant Burgers
, Eggplant Chips
, Eggplant Rollatini
, Eggplant Fritters
or Eggplant Ravioli
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