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Eat better on a budget: Better-for-you baba ganoush or eggplant dip recipe

Baba ganoush, or eggplant dip, is a healthier alternative to calorie-laden dips and appetizers. Not only is baba ganoush a healthier choice, it is also a welcome option for guests who are vegans or vegetarians. Baba ganoush is simple and delicious and no one needs to know it is better for them. Even picky eaters will enjoy this classic eggplant dip.

Eat better on a budget: Better-for-you baba ganoush or eggplant dip recipe
Rachael Monaco -- not to be used without prior permission or credit

Baba ganoush or eggplant dip recipe

Ingredients for healthier baba ganoush:

  • Approximately 4 pounds of eggplant (4 large or 8 small)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 4 Tablespoons lemon juice

How to make baba ganoush:

  • Preheat oven to 450*F.
  • Rinse eggplant under cool water.
  • Prick eggplant with a fork and place on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Bake the eggplant until it is soft inside, about 20 minutes.
  • Let the eggplant cool. Cut the eggplant in half lengthwise, place upside down in a colander to drain off the liquid. Let rest about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Scoop the pulp into a food processor. Process the eggplant until smooth and transfer to a medium bowl.
  • On a cutting board, work garlic and ½ teaspoon of salt together with the flat side of a knife, until it forms a paste. Add the garlic-salt mixture to the eggplant.
  • Stir in the parsley and lemon juice. Season with more salt, to taste. Garnish with additional parsley if desired
  • Yield: 6 servings, approximately ½ to ¾ cup each

Serve baba ganoush with toasted pita triangles, tzatziki Greek olives and fresh vegetables as a snack, appetizer or a healthy lunch.

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