Don't you love the ">" and "<" symbols? You can say so many words without having to write everything out, and it feels a little like my elementary school math education wasn't a complete waste of time (okay, so maybe that's taking things a little far ... math sucks!). Anyway, we all know that eggplant totally trumps meat. Duh. But it triple-trumps meat in my Creole "Sausage" and Eggplant Jambalaya:
Most traditional jambalaya recipes are chock full of shrimp, sausage, and chicken. But I use chopped sauteed eggplant and sliced homemade spicy gluten-based sausages instead. The Creole Sausage is a separate recipe in my cookbook, and they're also excellent on their own for breakfast.
By the way, if you don't see any eggplant in this picture, it's because I peel my eggplant. I can't stand eggplant skin. It's tough and gross. It must come off!
On the side are my smoky Mess O' Greens, also in the cookbook. I typically slow-cook my collards with turnips, but I didn't have any on hand. Either way, the dish makes for a healthy nutrient-packed side. And yes, I super slow-cook my greens ... none of that newfangled quick-cookin' stuff.