Healthy eating is an important part of staying physically and mentally fit. Of course, this can have its challenges such as finding meals, prep, time for healthy options outside the home, and using the money for nicer things. Fortunately, we can consider the benefits of cooking healthy recipes at home which also saves your money and make an overall healthy eating lifestyle, more enjoyable. Let’s see how.
Healthy recipes – Chickpea & Tahini Stuffed Aubergine
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Check out the list of ingredients required for the recipe
- 2 large aubergines
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tbsp. chopped parsley, plus more to garnish
- 1 cup (200g) chickpeas, drained
- 2 tbsp. tahini
- juice of ½ lime
- salt, pepper, oil
- 1 tsp. turmeric
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tbsp. coriander, fresh, chopped
- ⅓ tsp. hot paprika
- ⅓ tsp. sweet paprika
- Heat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
- Cut the aubergines in half lengthwise, place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper, and bake in the oven for about 25-30 minutes. Once baked remove the flesh with a spoon, leaving about ¼ inch (½ cm) of the edges of the aubergine. Chop the aubergine flesh and set aside.
- Heat a pan with 2 tbsp. of olive oil, add the chopped onion and finely chopped garlic, fry for 2-3 minutes. Then add the chopped flesh, and season with salt and pepper. Continue cooking for another 5 minutes stirring often.
- Next, add the spices, and fry for another 2-3 minutes, adding water as needed to avoid burning.
- Add the chopped parsley and take off the heat. Finally add the chickpeas, tahini and lime juice, mix, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Transfer the stuffing into the halved cooked aubergines and serve with fresh chopped parsley.
- Preparation Time – 30 Mins
- Cooking Time – 15 mins
- Serves – 4
Nutritional Intake per serving
- Calories – 310 Kcal
- Carbs – 17 (g)
- Fats – 18 (g)
- Protein – 18 (g)
- Gluten free
- Diet free
- Meal prep/Freezer friendly
Benefits of homemade healthy recipes
- It saves time– When you’re in a hurry, eating a takeaway from your local supermarket or nearby restaurant may seem like a quick fix. In fact, it is sometimes much faster to cook something at home especially when planning ahead. There are many meals that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.
- Portion Control– Many restaurants and fast-food outlets serve larger portions than recommended. And the problem is that you can eat the food when it’s right in front of you. You can adjust the amount of food served at dinner when you eat to eliminate unnecessary temptations. Do you know these eating patterns can actually impact you daily? Know more.
- Healthy Ingredients– Many commercial foods are high in fat, salt, and sugar. When we prepare our food, we know what the ingredients are and what each one does in our food.
- Avoid food allergies and sensitivities– Preparing meals at home can be especially helpful if you or a family member has food allergies (1). You can reduce the problem of allergies because you can control them in your own kitchen.
- Bring the family together – Eating at home gives the whole family time to talk about their day. Involving your kids in food preparation is not only fun but wonderful. Also, a way to learn healthy eating habits.
- Save Money – Eating a home-cooked meal is much cheaper than eating out at a restaurant or buying processed food from the market. You pay not only your bill but also the costs of running your business. Water, lights, and staff in the building – except for the food we eat. The same goes for ready-made and frozen foods at the grocery store.
“Eating healthy, clean and nutrient-rich food fills your body with energy, nutrients, and antioxidants. Imagine your cells smiling back at you saying thanks!!”