Quinoa & Bulgur Tabbouleh with Roasted Eggplant, Chickpeas, and Mint

Lovely, fresh, tasty tabbouleh you must try! I saw this recipe on the last Vegetarian Times and I felt like preparing it for dinner. Even the Viking, who’s not a great tabbouleh’s fan asked me to eat it again for lunch the day after!
I’d like to try the same recipe using hulled wheat and adding some olives….

Mixing quinoa with bulgur improves the texture and nutritional profile of this tabbouleh. The quinoa is tender, light, and full of protein.

3 medium eggplants, cut into 1/3-inch cubes (8 cups)

3/4 tsp. salt, divided

3/4 tsp. ground black pepper, divided

31/2 Tbs. olive oil, divided

1/4 cup quick-cooking bulgur

2/3 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained

2/3 cup chopped fresh mint, plus sprigs for garnish

1/3 cup chopped cilantro

1 cup small grape tomatoes, halved

2 Tbs. lemon juice

1 cup cooked chickpeas

1/2 cup finely chopped red onion

1 | Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Spread eggplant cubes in single layer on baking sheet, spray lightly with cooking spray, and sprinkle with ¼ tsp. each salt and pepper. Drizzle with 1½ Tbs. oil; toss to coat. Roast eggplant 20 minutes. Turn; stir, then roast 10 minutes more, or until tender and browned. Cool on baking sheet.

2 | Bring large pot of salted water to a boil. Add bulgur, and boil 4 minutes. Mix in quinoa, and boil 12 minutes, or until both grains are tender, but still have some texture. Drain. Transfer to large bowl, and cool, fluffing with fork. Mix chopped mint and cilantro into grains, then mix in cooled eggplant and tomatoes.

3 | Whisk together lemon juice, remaining 2 Tbs. oil, ½ tsp. salt, and ½ tsp. pepper in medium bowl. Add chickpeas and red onion; marinate 15 minutes, then fold chickpea mixture into grains. Garnish with mint sprigs.

PER 1¼-CUP SERVING 395 cal; 11 g prot; 16 g total fat (2 g sat fat); 56 g carb; 0 mg chol; 694 mg sod; 12 g fiber; 10 g sugars

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