Sesame’d Spiced Eggplant

Have you checked out Healthy Yum yet?  Give it a shot… tons of great entries so far 🙂

I made this side dish 2 days ago and then again yesterday.  I had 5 eggplants (the long skinny kind; now I only have 3) to use up and this is a delicious way to do so.  It serves just one. I used a ton of spices – eggplant is the perfect palette for strong flavors.

Sesame’d Spiced Eggplant

17 eggplant sesame


  • 2-3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic, grated (or crushed and chopped finely)
  • 1 eggplant (2+ cups chopped?)
  • spices (1/2 teaspoon each) – chili powder, turmeric, Asian 5-spice
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup water
  • a few teaspoons toasted sesame seeds


  1. Heat the oil in a skillet (I used cast iron) over high heat.  Add the garlic; saute for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the eggplant.  Add the spices and stir around; saute for a minute.  Add the vinegar and soy sauce and continue to saute for another 30 seconds.  Add 1/4 cup water and stir as it evaporates.  Repeat again if you like.
  3. Top with toasted sesame seeds and devour.

It was really good; definitely give it a try.  It’s kind of like my Savory Eggplant Stir-fry, which is also yummy.

Another yummy thing that I’ve been doing is super thick and creamy oat bran.  If you cook it with a lot of water, and cook it for longer, it gets very voluminous and thick.  I use almost 1.5 cups of water (plus a little more than 1/4 cup PBU and a big dash of salt) to cook 1/2 cup oat bran.

23 sesame oat bran

I let it cool slightly in the pot before I dump it in the bowl (making sure to scrape every last bit), and top with sesame seeds… then cool it some more.  I like my oat bran at room temperature.  I’ll evn put it in the fridge/freezer to speed up the cooling, depending on how hungry I am. What temperature do you like your oats/oat bran?

I haven’t really decided what I’m doing today.  Yoga definitely (this morning) and working on the new site.  We have gotten so many awesome entries.  I think I want to do some slow yoga today. I’ve been doing these faster and sweatier routines recently, but I kind of miss the relaxation bit.  I did Sara Ivanhoe’s Sunset Yoga yesterday afternoon and it was really nice for relaxing.  Maybe I’ll do a shorter vigorous flow and follow it up with something slow.  Thanks for all the congrats about the headstand – I tried to do it again yesterday but couldn’t get away from the wall.  But I’ll keep trying.

Have a great Thursday!

21 Replies to “Sesame’d Spiced Eggplant”

  1. i usually eat my oatbran still pretty warm, but I have never used that much water to cook it before! I need to try that. I bet it’s super filling.

  2. Mmm that eggplant dish looks great. Thanks for the recipe, Maggie!

    For oats, the hotter the better ;). I eat out of the pot just so I can have it burning hot, haha.

    I’m on vacay right now, and it’s so hard to push myself to do yoga :/, but once I get started I know it will make me feel great!

  3. oh i LOVE eggplant!
    and it’s a single serving recipe!

    gonna make that for sure! Great one Maggie!

    (and I am addicted to Healthy YUM…) great for inspiration for dinner!

    what a great site!!!!!

  4. That eggplant recipe looks delicious. I’m going to have to try it next week – I’m an eggplant fanatic!

  5. I love healthy yum! This eggplant recipe looks good. I love eggplant that I get out, but I’m never a fan of what I make. This sounds tasty though.

  6. I’m glad the new site is going so well Maggie! It looks great! I also wanted to let you know that I’m having a giveaway on my blog (“Holey Donuts”) if you are interested in entering! 🙂

  7. yay, more sesame love! I like my oatbran warm…can’t really stand it cold…it seems to be most flavorful at warm (not hot) temperature!
    btw…I LOVE healthy yum!

  8. Maggie,
    I love eggplant and haven’t cooked any in so long. Your recipe sounds simple and perfect, and I am so excited about this thick and creamy oat bran. So trying that method next time!

    Congrats on the handstand. I still ker-plunk against the wall. I’ll get it someday. Practice practice practice. 🙂

  9. loving the new site maggie!

    do you happen to have a link to the way you get into/practice your handstand? is it yogafit style? we learn the l-shaped handstand in level 3.

    gosh eggplant…that is one veggie i just haven’t been able to like.

    i make my oats/chia in a tiny crock pot. 65g oat bran, 10g chia seed, 12-14 oz water, various cut fresh or dried fruits or nuts or whatever…spices and sweets if you like. slow cook on low for 3-4 hours. dont forget the nut butter on top. 😉

  10. that’s my favorite way to have eggplants too!!! a lot of spices and sesame seeds! I’ve been adding sesame seeds to my meals and they’re sooooo great! thanks for remind me! 🙂

  11. I haven’t had eggplant in a while. Maybe I’ll have to get some and try this dish. It looks yummy!

    I love headstand but I can’t get away from the wall either. Oh well, it still feels good to be upside down:) I have really been into hot yoga lately and loving how it makes me feel!

  12. that eggplant is totally on my to-make list! thanks for the recipe, and i am loving healthy yum. i have some submissions to make soon 🙂

    happy friday!

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