Eggplant stuffed is char-grilled to bring out a smokey sweetness, then stuffed with hearty lentils cooked with Middle Eastern spices. Paired with a creamy cucumber salad made with herbs and vegan yogurt and a side of golden turmeric tahini sauce, this plant-based, grain-free dish will take your tastebuds on a trip to the Middle East. Chef Lena suggests serving it pita bread or rice to make it even heartier for dinner.
Lena Elkousy is a plant-based holistic foods chef, health coach, and yoga teacher. She started her restaurant culinary career in LA in 2004, and then worked as a private chef and caterer for high profile clientele beginning in 2008 in Malibu and Hollywood. Lena began her journey into the world of culinary healing upon moving to New York and studying health coaching through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2012. She believes that food is fuel, and not all calories are created equal— putting in calories that “burn clean”, and have anti-inflammatory properties will make you feel energized, and improve your digestion, mood, and overall health. She cooks with functional foods—meaning that the ingredients have nutritional benefits and have been prepared in a way in which these are bio-available, and are seasonal, local, organic, and carbon-neutral. She has healed herself and witnessed many clients and friends recover from “chronic” and “auto-immune” illnesses, which are more frequently than not caused by inflammation triggered by toxins in food and/or unknown food sensitives. By eliminating many of these toxins and allergens, using as many fresh, medicinal ingredients as possible, and making everything from scratch, Chef Lena’s food is nutrient rich, delicious, creative, and makes you feel good. Lena is Egyptian American, and has been traveling internationally with culinary adventure and curiosity her whole life, and this adventurousness is reflected in her unique cuisine. Lena has also been studying and practicing yoga for over a decade, and teaching since 2014. She leads retreats domestically and abroad, encompassing her passion for holistic lifestyle through yoga, cooking workshops, nutrition, nature, and mindfulness. She loves spending her free time gardening and traveling. Lena is currently based between NYC and the UK.
Interesting well balanced spices. Delicious. I like the simple cucumber side dish. Excellent sauces.
Amanda · 10/26/22
DONNA J · 10/02/22
alice · 09/30/22
Filling and satisfying. Lots of energy.
Harker · 09/26/22
Very hearty and delicious. Not sure what the sauces were for.
Pam · 09/11/22
Only complaint is that my package opened in transit and leaked all over the box. I lost most of the tahini sauce.
Christine · 09/10/22
Very good tasting and unusual.
James · 09/08/22
This was delicious!
Cathy · 09/06/22
Brown Lentils, Canned Tomatoes, Carrots, Cilantro, Coconut Yogurt, Crushed Red Pepper, Cucumber, Cumin, Dill, Eggplant, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic, Ground Black Pepper, Himalayan Salt, Italian Parsley, Kosher Salt, Lemon Juice, Onions, Paprika, Pine Nuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Red Bell Peppers, Spanish Paprika
Recommended for special occations.
1. Preheat to 350F
2. Remove sleeve and peel back film
3. Pour sauce on top
4. Heat up for 12 mins or until heated through
Don't you worry is time is an isue we got you covered!
1. Remove sleeve and peel back film to vent
2. Pour sauce on top
3. Microwave for 2 mins
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