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Mediterranean Farmers Market One-Pot

Mediterranean Farmers Market One-Pot

Anything with roasted or grilled eggplant smells like home to me. Babaganoush? Absolutely. Roasted Eggplants in Za’atar?  Definitely. This Rice & Grilled Eggplant dish is a cozy, comforting simple dish that makes my whole house smell fantastic.

This summer dish takes all the veggies you bought at the Farmers Market that are in need of being eaten & throws them into a single pot of wonderfulness. It’s completely forgiving so you are encouraged to add, subtract or play with the quantities as much as matches your style. This recipe should be considered a guideline only. Use what you have. Make as much as you need. Sprinkle the Mediterranean Spice Blend on generously.


Mediterranean Farmers Market One-Pot


5-6 Italian Eggplant (you can definitely use regular Eggplants if that is what you have on hand)

1 Green Pepper

1 medium sized Zucchini

1 Sweet Onion, chopped

2 Teaspoons Olive Oil

2-3 Cloves of Garlic, minced

4 Cups cooked Rice (of any kind)

1 28 oz Can Crushed Tomatoes

6-8 Cherry Tomatoes, quartered

3-4 Teaspoons Sadaf’s Mediterranean Spice Blend (or more if you are like me)

Sea Salt & Pepper, if desired

Grated Pecorino Romano

Chopped fresh herbs for garnish, if you have any on hand



Grill sliced Eggplant, Pepper, & Zucchini until charred on both sides. Dice when cooled.


Heat 2 Teaspoons of Olive Oil in large heavy pot over medium heat.


Add garlic & onions, stirring occasionally until translucent.


Add diced vegetables & stir. Keep small amount of grilled Eggplant for garnish.


Add Crushed Tomatoes, Quartered Cherry Tomatoes, Mediterranean Spice Blend & stir.


Cook for 5-6 minutes. Taste. Add more Mediterranean Spice Blend. Add Sea Salt & Pepper to taste.


Stir in Rice. Reduce heat to low & let simmer to thicken 3-4 minutes.


Taste, adding more Mediterranean Spice Blend if desired.


Spoon into bowls. Garnish with grilled, diced Eggplant & freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese. Feel free to garnish with fresh herbs if you have some on hand.


Ta Da! You’re Done!


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