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Black Bean, Quinoa and Eggplant Tacos

I know, another taco recipe that has black beans in it, but I love to grill my marinated eggplant for these tacos, and this is defiantly the season for BBQ. The grilled eggplant seems to work so nicely with the black bean and quinoa plus grilling white corn tortillas at the end to warm them as well gives this a nice char making this a nice summer grilled taco that perhaps you can do for your next BBQ for something different.

Eggplant has some great health benefits like having a lot of soluble fiber and the right kind of carbohydrates so that it aids in maintaining your blood sugar at a healthy level as well as stabilizing your iron and removing access amounts so that you have healthy amounts. This great vegetable is also so good for your brain, heart, and overall health because it has phytonutrients which are helpful for keeping the cell membrane protected, they act as antioxidants and most of us have heard of how great they are.

Next having lean protein form the black beans and quinoa plus all the nutrients from them this little taco packs a punch that is so needed especially when we are running low on taking care of ourselves because of all the extra activities that we do in the summer.

Now, let’s get to the recipes!

For the marinate think 3-1 ratio with your oil to vinegar. The amounts are up to you depending on the amount of eggplant you are using and always season per your taste.

Eggplant washed, peeled and sliced into small strips

Olive oil

Rice Vinegar

Garlic diced and minced

The following seasoning will give a nice southwest flavor to the eggplant.

Red chili powder, ground cumin, onion powder and finally just a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Mix the above ingredients in a zip lock bag or container that has a lid. Let eggplant set in marinate for at least 6 hours.

While the eggplant is marinating cook your choice of quinoa per package directions.

I use canned or freshly cooked black beans depending on what I have on hand. Place black beans in foil next take cooked quinoa and put on top of beans then add 3-4 garlic cloves that are diced and a handful of green onions diced placing both on top with a splash of lime juice. Fold the foil so that it is completely closed because this will go on the side of the grill to stay warm as you cook your eggplant.

On hot BBQ grill place marinated eggplant, cook until it looks cooked and you have nice grill marks.

As you are cooking eggplant lightly grease both sides of white corn tortillas with your choice of oil (I like to use coconut or avocado oil) then when the eggplant is half done start placing your tortillas on the grill. This won’t take long, and you will want to put the tortillas in foil to keep warm if you don’t have a tortilla warmer.

When the eggplant is done. Assemble your taco using the quinoa and black beans as your base then place eggplant on top.

I like to add avocado/guacamole, green onion, tomatoes/salsa, queso fresco and plane Greek yogurt on top. Then enjoy your taco. This meal is great when camping or just a BBQ with minimum clean up.


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