Japanese Teriyaki Eggplant with Buckwheat & Oregano

 

Teriyaki eggplant is a staple in Asian cuisine. This dish is made with very simple ingredients so you can cook it at home without any difficulties.  It is an excellent addition to your whole food plant-based lifestyle.

This Teriyaki eggplant recipe was featured on my Live Stream on Facebook & YouTube: Cooking with Chef Frank.

Eggplant is one of those vegetables that you either like or hate. It is mostly cooked in Italian or Mediterranean eateries as well as Asian ones. The one I used in this recipe is a Japanese eggplant. However, there are many other different eggplants out there from small, round, Italian, Thai to white and graffiti eggplants.

Japanese Eggplant is cooked just like any other vegetable, however,  eggplant is actually a fruit that is from the nightshade family, just like tomatoes.

Eggplant is a good source of fibers and is loaded with vitamin C,  potassium, folate, and manganese. I know how tempting it is to peel off the skin because it can be tough, That said look for young shiny eggplants that are rather small. Keeping the skin on insures that you adding not only fibers to your meal but also antioxidants. Because the bright, vibrant purple color represents antioxidants. 

 

I was lucky enough to have picked these Japanese eggplants from my backyard, which I had planted around Mothersday (picture above). Aren't they beautiful? 

 

RecipeJapanese Teriyaki Eggplant 

2 Eggplant, halved and sliced
½ Onions, sliced 3 cloves Garlic, sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
1 Teaspoon Ginger, grated
½ bunch Scallions, sliced
1 cup Water
Teriyaki sauce
Red pepper flakes
1 tsp sesame seeds

1 cup BuckWheat
2 cups of water
a few sprigs of oregano

Instructions:

In a large pan, over medium to high heat, sauté onions, garlic and ginger until they just caramelize. Add a little water to loosen the onions from the pan. Now add the eggplant and keep sautéing, stir frequently.
Add a little water when eggplant starting to stick in pan. After a few minutes add the peppers. Sauté for another 2 minutes or until all ingredients are al dente. Now add Teriyaki sauce, a little water if necessary, scallions and pepper flakes. Sauté for another minute and serve with a dollop of buckwheat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

For the buckwheat, bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add 1 cup of buckwheat to it. Bring it back to a boil and reduce heat. Let simmer for about 15 minutes or all water has been absorbed. Incorporate herbs and serve hot.

I use the flower of the fresh oregano, which I had just picked from my garden, and used it as a decoration in the center of the dish. As you can see I always like to bring international ingredients together like Easts meets West, such as the oregano and Teriyaki.  These ingredients really don't get along in the same sauce, but on the same plate, they do ok. :)

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