Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches with 1st Quality Produce on Central Valley Today

Today I had the pleasure of being on Central Valley Today with 1st Quality Produce and their March Farm to Family box.  The March produce box includes:
Green Onions
Red Leaf Lettuce
Roma Tomatoes
Russet Potatoes
Whole Mushrooms

I selected the Eggplant and Roma Tomatoes to make Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches.  These are fabulous right now since it is Lent and I need all the meatless meal ideas I can get.  Even if you don't abstain from meat on Fridays this is a very healthy and delicious meal.

·       1 large eggplant
·       3 large tomatoes
·       Crumbled Feta
·       1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
·       2 garlic cloves
·       4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
·       Kosher salt

1.     Cut of the eggplant crosswise into 1/4” thick rounds. Lightly season them with salt and leave them for 30 minutes on a side to let water to come out of the eggplant. Pat dry after 30 minutes.
2.     Once ready drizzle some olive oil on top of each slice and grill them on a lightly oiled grill rack for 2 -3 minutes each side.
3.     Blend the basil leaves with 4 tablespoons olive oil, 2 garlic cloves and 1 teaspoon salt in an emersion blender until smooth.
4.     Cut the tomatoes crosswise to 1/4” thick rounds.
5.     Lightly oil the baking pan. Arrange 4 eggplant rounds side by side. Spread 1/2 tablespoon of the basil-garlic mixture on top of each one, then generously sprinkle feta crumbs. Top each with tomato rings. Add another layer of eggplant, basil spread, feta and tomato rounds and top with the rest of the crumbled feta.
6.     Preheat the oven to 400F and bake for 15 minutes.

You've got to check out 1st Quality Produce if you aren't already using their fresh cuts, fresh kits, and Farm to Family boxes.  They make your life so much easier when it comes to preparing healthy meals.

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