Middle Eastern Roasted Eggplant with White Bean Hummus
I wanted this to be a truly vegetarian meal, not just a side dish with the meat removed, which is why I added the legumes. You could still easily add some grilled meat or use it as a starter for an ethnic dinner party.
We enjoy it as a light meal with the Za’atar spiced white bean hummus serving as our main protein source, maybe with some pita bread and a crunchy salad or even a couscous salad on the side.
It is up to you to add some heat to the dish, we usually don’t because I can’t keep Lulu’s hands out of anything edible.
In any case, I’m hoping this meal will give your mind an opportunity to travel, a magical retreat into the far beyond lands of your imagineation, if you will. It certainly takes me back to my childhood memories and to the dusty smell of an old apartment laden with the richest of stories.
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