Thursday, January 6, 2011

Day Four- Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches with Truffle Oil

Day Four of Gypsy's Two Week Detox:

Oh my word. Lunch today was so unexpectedly good.

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Grilled eggplant sandwiches on whole wheat bread with garden hummus spread, advocado slices and grilled onions....with truffle oil. Sounds time consuming but since we aren't truly grilling it took about 10 minutes. I used my griddle and I love it because the food still gets those deep brown grill stripes...and flavor.

I toasted the bread, spread the hummus, put two eggplant slices on each piece of bread and topped with avocado slices and "grilled" (sauteed) onions. I thought eggplant would make a good sandwich since we aren't eating cheese or ham or roast beef, normal sandwich items. Sauteed onions make everything delicious so they went into the mix too. And then I saw this sitting on my counter:

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I don't know if you've ever used truffle oil before (I hadn't) but my lovely mother-in-law gave me a bottle for Christmas and I had yet to try it. I drizzled some on the eggplant while they were grilling. The minute the aroma hit my nose I quickly leaned down and smelled again. Magical, like a hint of garlic but with an indescribable depth. 

I think the truffle oil is what made the sandwiches. I didn't miss the cheese or meat at all.

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Day Four:

Breakfast: One Clementine and Coffee with Almond Milk and a Square of Dark Chocolate (70%)

Lunch: Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches on Whole Wheat Bread with Garden Hummus Spread, Avocado Slices, Grilled Onions and Truffle Oil.

SnackHandful of Cashews

Dinner: Roasted Chicken with Asparagus and Carrots

Normally for roasted chicken I would stick cubes of butter underneath the skin (Julia Child would be proud of me even if the USDA would not). But since butter is not on the menu a chat with my mom gave me the idea of rubbing the chicken with olive oil and then seasoning with rosemary and thyme. I also put slits all over the chicken and stuffed them with garlic. Then I stuffed the cavity with asparagus, carrots and a lemon, halved, with another lemon squeezed all over before it went in the oven for two hours (flipped over halfway) at 300 to 350. Yummy. And I have chicken leftover for soup tomorrow...

Until then....happy detoxing.

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