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Curried Quinoa With Eggplant & Pomegranate

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 30 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 4 servings

Quinoa is the only grain that is a complete protein. It is an important addition to any plant-based diet, particularly for people undergoing cancer treatment who need protein to help heal the body. This...


    2 small Japanese eggplants

    Sea salt, to taste

    2 cups quinoa

    2 tablespoons grapeseed oil, divided

    1 tablespoon curry powder

    ½ cup plain Greek yogurt

    2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

    1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, grated

    1 cup pomegranate seeds

    5 sprigs of mint, leaves only

Nutrition Facts


523 cals


15 g

Saturated Fat

3 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

8 g

Monounsaturated Fat

3 g


83 g


17 g


18 g


19 g


1094 mg


  1. Cut the eggplants into quarters lengthwise. Submerge into heavily salted water. Let sit for at least 20 minutes.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring 4 cups of salted water to a boil with the quinoa. Once it''s boiling, cover and reduce the heat to simmer, and cook for about 15 minutes or until the spiral of the germ begins to separate from the seed. Remove from the heat and let sit covered for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, drain and pat the eggplant dry. Heat 1 tablespoon of grape seed oil in a wide skillet over medium-high heat. Add the eggplant and cook, stirring occasionally, until the eggplant has softened and is beginning to brown, about 7-10 minutes. Add the curry powder, mix to coat, and cook for a minute more.
  4. While the eggplant is cooking, stir together the yogurt, lime juice, and grated ginger. Once the eggplant is ready, toss the eggplant into the yogurt mixture. Add to the cooked quinoa, and stir to mix well.
  5. Transfer the quinoa and eggplant mixture to a serving dish and top with pomegranate seeds and ripped mint leaves. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Chef Tips

The smaller Italian eggplant can substitute the skinny Asian ones. Cut into 8 slices lengthwise instead of quarters, and trim some of the pulpy seeds from the sharp top of the wedges.

Registered Dietitian Approved

All our recipes are created by chefs and reviewed by our oncology-trained staff Registered Dietitian, Kate Ueland, MS, RD, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and meets the standards set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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