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Stuffed Eggplants

Updated: Aug 23, 2023

Vegetarian eggplant boats that will put you into foodie dreamland!

The holy eggplant. We generally steer clear of eggplant AND garlic in our family home as dad can't eat them but my step mum and I LOVE it. He recently went away allowing for the rest of the house to consume them with no complaints.

I've been trying to maximise my veggie intake recently and found the yummiest way to create a meal that is almost entirely plant based! These stuffed eggplants are also a good source of protein (tofu and quinoa) as well as fibre and a variety of vitamins and minerals.

If you are not vegetarian, you could even experiment with swapping out the tofu for minced turkey or chicken.

The recipe is as follows.


  • 2 medium eggplants

  • 1 block firm tofu

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa

  • 2 tspns cumin, coriander, paprika

  • 1 veggie stock cube

  • 1 zucchini finely chopped

  • 1 red onion finely chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves crushed

  • Olive oil

  • Salt n pepper

Optional: grated cheese (tasty or pecorino), sriracha or chili sauce


  • Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees C.

  • Slice the eggplants in half lengthways and using a spoon, remove the seeded part of the insides to create a boat-like shape with. Put these to the side as they will be used as part of the stuffing.

  • Place the eggplant halves on a lined baking tray with parchment paper and drizzle them with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

  • Whilst the eggplant is baking, crumble the tofu using a fork so it looks like a scrambled texture.

  • Place the onion, garlic, spices and stock cube in a hot pan with olive oil and stir until the onion is translucent. Add the tofu and cook until soft (around 5 minutes)

  • Add the zucchini, quinoa and cook until the zucchini is relatively soft. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  • Remove the eggplants from the oven and begin stuffing each with the filling using a large spoon

  • Sprinkle with grated cheese and bake until crispy (around 10-15 minutes)

  • Top with sriracha or your favourite chili sauce!

A light green salad is a delicious side to these stuffed eggplants!


Serves 4


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