Looking for a delicious and healthy meal that’s perfect for vegetarian cooks, health enthusiasts, and quinoa lovers alike? Look no further! This stuffed eggplant with quinoa recipe is bursting with flavor, packed with nutrients, and incredibly satisfying.

Stuffed Eggplant with Quinoa


You’ll need the following ingredients to create this tasty dish:

  • Eggplants (2 medium-sized)
  • Quinoa (1 cup, uncooked)
  • Olive oil (2 tablespoons)
  • Onion (1 small, finely chopped)
  • Garlic (2 cloves, minced)
  • Bell pepper (1, diced)
  • Cherry tomatoes (1 cup, halved)
  • Spinach (2 cups, chopped)
  • Feta cheese (optional, for topping)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Paprika (1 teaspoon)
  • Cumin (1 teaspoon)
  • Parsley (for garnish)


Step 1: Prepare the Eggplants

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Slice the eggplants in half lengthwise and scoop out the flesh, leaving a 1/2-inch thick border. Reserve the scooped-out flesh for later.
  3. Brush the eggplant shells with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and place them on a baking sheet, cut side down.
  4. Bake the eggplant shells for about 15-20 minutes until they begin to soften.

Step 2: Cook the Quinoa

  1. While the eggplants are baking, rinse 1 cup of quinoa under cold water.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the quinoa and a pinch of salt.
  3. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa is tender and the water has been absorbed.
  4. Fluff the cooked quinoa with a fork and set it aside.

Stuffing and Baking

Step 3: Prepare the Filling

  1. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onion and garlic, and sauté until they become fragrant and translucent.
  3. Add the diced bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, and the reserved eggplant flesh. Cook until the vegetables are tender.
  4. Stir in the chopped spinach and cook until wilted.
  5. Add the cooked quinoa to the skillet and mix well. Season with paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.

Step 4: Stuff and Bake the Eggplants

  1. Carefully spoon the quinoa mixture into the pre-baked eggplant shells, pressing gently to pack the filling.
  2. If desired, sprinkle feta cheese on top for an extra layer of flavor.
  3. Return the stuffed eggplants to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the eggplants are tender and the filling is golden brown on top.

Serving Suggestions

Garnish the stuffed eggplants with fresh parsley before serving. This dish pairs wonderfully with a side salad, roasted vegetables, or a light yogurt sauce for added freshness and flavor.

Health Benefits

Stuffed eggplant with quinoa is not only delicious but also incredibly nutritious:

  • Quinoa is a complete protein, rich in fiber, and packed with essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Eggplants are low in calories and high in antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber.
  • The combination of these ingredients makes for a heart-healthy, protein-packed meal that’s perfect for vegetarians and anyone looking to eat healthily.


Give this stuffed eggplant with quinoa recipe a try, and you’ll see why it’s a favorite among vegetarian cooks and health enthusiasts. Don’t forget to share your feedback and pictures of your delicious creation!

Happy cooking! 🌿🥗🍆

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