Simply Healthy Family: Smokey Baba Ganoush {roasted eggplant dip}


Smokey Baba Ganoush {roasted eggplant dip}

Teenagers. sighhhh.  Why didn't anyone ever warn me about how exhausting, annoying and all around taxing teenagers are? I'm pretty sure that had someone warned me I would have planned better. Prepared myself in some way, maybe gone to  pre-conditioning therapy, meditated more or sent him to boarding school at age 13. That would have been smart, best for everyone. Had someone only warned me.

I'm trying really hard to look on the bright side of the situation, see the positive. There are a couple I think. He never did drugs, drank (that I know of anyway) is a well mannered and mostly happy go lucky kid. He is healthy (well until I get through with him after this latest shenanigan anyway) and has potential..... I hope.

Hope. Pray. Wait. That's really all a mother can do when your teenager goes off to college for his freshman year, all expenses paid for by dear old mom and dad and comes home with a big, FAT 1.0 GPA. Yup.

My son. The boy we raised and taught to be responsible, trustworthy and work hard in life. The boy who was in Honors, AP and IB courses throughout high school. The boy who may or may not be cut out of our WIll. Not that we have any money left after throwing it away on what turned out to basically be a one year, $12,000 all expenses paid vacation in Eastern Arizona, middle of nowhere USA.

Hope. Pray. Wait.

Time for the boy to take responsibility for his own actions. Self accountability. Figure out things for himself. Hopefully not crash and burn and when he inevitably does, I pray he will man up and make things right. Finish school and be a strong, smart independent young man who comes groveling back to his poor defeated mom and dad and begs for our forgiveness and tells us how incredibly smart we really were.

What? O.K. so maybe that last part is a bit of a stretch.

Which brings me to baba ganoush. Of course.

BRAIN FOOD, Cardiovascular Health and Free Radical Protection

In addition to featuring a host of vitamins and minerals like fiber, magnesium and potassium, eggplant also contains important phytonutrients, many which have antioxidant activity. 

Research on eggplant has focused on an anthocyanin phytonutrient found in eggplant skin called nasunin. Nasunin is a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger that has been shown to protect cell membranes from damage. 

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For more information on how to choose and store eggplant visit World's Healthiest Foods

Smokey Baba Ganoush {Roasted Eggplant Dip}

recipe adapted from Williams-Sonoma's Small Plates by Joanne Wier, published 1998

TIME    45 MINUTES      SERVES    4
  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1/4 cup tahini, plus more as needed
  • 3-5 garlic cloves, roasted
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin  
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 

Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill. 
Preheat an oven to 400°F. 
Prick the eggplant with a fork in several places and place on the grill 4 to 5 inches from the fire. 
Grill, turning frequently, until the skin blackens and blisters and the flesh just begins to feel soft, 10 to 15 minutes.  
Transfer the eggplant to a baking sheet and bake until very soft, 15 to 20 minutes. 
Remove from the oven, let cool slightly, and peel off and discard the skin. 
Place the eggplant flesh in a bowl. 
Using a fork, mash the eggplant to a paste. 
Add the 1/4 cup tahini, roasted garlic,1/4 cup lemon juice, paprika and cumin and mix well. 
Season with salt, then taste and add more lemon juice, if needed. 
Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl and spread with the back of a spoon to form a shallow well. 
Drizzle the olive oil over the top and sprinkle with the parsley. Place the olives around the sides.

Bon Apetite!



  1. Oh Gwen! I'm so sorry you have that to deal with but I'm sure he will come through!! even if it takes a while - sigh!! on a happier note the baba ganoush is GORGEOUS and looks SO delicious :)
    Mary x

  2. I think your son did fine. He is just behaving like a teenager. Gwen, the baba ganoush looks terrific! My eggplant spread never has turned out so good!

    1. Yup, gotta love em! ;?

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  4. I love baba ganoush! And try not to fret, I used to be an academic advisor and I've seen this happen to a lot of kids. The vast majority figure it all out soon enough and get back on a better path. Hang tight!

    1. Thanks Carolyn! I know it's pretty normal, it's the waiting and worrying that's hard especially when it's your own child ;)

  5. This looks addictive! I must make some and I think the whole family would enjoy it!

    On a side note - I was also that kid who came home with a 1.7 GPA after my very first year away from home. I blame the quick independence and the beer. Would it help if I told you coming home and seeing how disappointed my parents were resulted in me getting a 3.2 the next semester and you know what? I turned out just fine....he will too. He has a good Mom and family.

    1. Thank you Jessica. Yeah, I know I was MUCH worse at his age and turned out all right ;} We just got his 2nd semester grades and he did get a 3.6! yayyy! I appreciate all of the love as always girl!

    2. Yay! That's great news! Good for him (and good for you!)

  6. One of our favs!! Need to make this soon!

  7. Oh my dear...I'm just beginning this parenthood journey, and I'm already learning how much I have to let go. It has to be even harder as they grow up and form opinions of their own! You are a strong woman, and I know you have a beautiful family...keep on believing! And this baba ganoush looks delicious. One of my favorites. Thank you for sharing!

  8. I love eggplants, really nice for appetizers!


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