It’s been a little while since I’ve made a lunch that’s been an instant hit in the house. As in, clean plates within five minutes instant hit, but this did the job. 

The part of this dish I loved the most was the lemon and coriander cous cous. It complements the saltiness of the bacon bite mixture so well (and I just love citrus flavours).

Think of this as an alternative to a baked potato. It’s just as filling, you can get creative with the toppings, and it takes half of the time to prepare.

Bake aubergine and cous cous

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine vegan
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

flavouring

  • 1 tsp smoked garlic granules
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • ½ tsp corriander leaves
  • a few basil leaves, chopped (to serve)
  • ½ tsp onion salt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions
 

Prepare the aubergines

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C, 350°F or gas mark 4
  • Pierce each aubergine a few times with a knife and brush with oil. Place on a tray and cook in the oven for 40-45 minutes.

Prepare the cous cous

  • Put the cous cous in a bowl and add 170ml of water. Whisk until all of the cous cous is wet.
  • Add in the lemon juice and chopped corriander leaves. Leave to stand for 5 minutes then whisk a little more to fluff.

Prepare the bacon bites

  • In a small pan with no oil, add your mushrooms on a low heat and leave to sweat for 4 minutes.
  • Then, add some oil to the same pan, add the bacon bites, smoke garlic, onion salt and half of the chopped tomato. Stir together and cook on a low-medium heat for 5 minutes.

Plating up

  • Take the aubergines out of the oven and cut in half length ways. Dice the inside of the aubergines and spread with vegan butter. Then sprinkle in the mixed herbs.
  • Scoop the cous cous on top of the aubergine, then add the bacon bits, mushrooms and tomato mixture.
  • Add a few slices of avocado on top. Dice the remainder of the avocado and sprinkle on the plate alongside the other half of the beef tomato.
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Keyword starter, vegan, vegetable

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