I have trouble resisting carb cravings sometimes. Many times, honestly. Just the other day, I was dressed and ready to go out and buy myself crackers (the one thing I crave the most, for some reason) when my fiancée had a great idea for snacking: Baba Ganoush with veggies.

The premise was simple: Make a lot of babaganoush and use them veggies as though they were crackers. It was all a plot to trick my brain into thinking I was actually eating crackers.

Did it work, you ask? I'm offended you even ask.

Let’s see the recipe:

Babaganoush

Though we're using sesame seeds as garnish, you can also use páprika and parsley as pictured.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggplants
  • 1 lemon
  • Sesame seeds
  • Fresh parsley, a handful
  • Black and white pepper, ½ tbsp each
  • Salt
  • Ground cumin
  • 4 cloves garlic, cut into 4 pieces each
  • ½ tbsp onion powder

How to make:

  • First, slice eggplants in half, coat with olive oil and bake until soft.
  • Once soft, remove all the meat with a spoon. Discard peels.
  • Transfer eggplant into a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix.
  • Squeeze the juice from one lemon into the bowl, mix again. Let sit in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. (cover with a lid)
  • Transfer the content of your bowl into a blender and mix thoroughly. If too thick, add olive oil.

The beauty of babaganoush is that it is the perfect dip for snacking. It has a rich flavor that goes well with almost anything.

Veggie crackers

Ingredients:

  • Baby carrots
  • 2 Sweet potatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 radishes
  • 2 Celery stalks

How to make:

  • Wash baby carrots and serve. If too big, cut in half.
  • Cut sweet potatoes into thin slices and fry until crispy. Serve.
  • Cut the cucumber making 4 cucumber sticks. Remove seeds and cut sticks into smaller ones if desired.
  • Slice radishes into very thin slices. Add salt, let act for 5 minutes, then press with a paper towel to remove water. Serve.
  • Wash and cut celery. Serve.

There you go! That was pretty easy, wasn’t it?

You’re gonna be surprised with just how satisfying a meal like this is. At least I was: I thought I wasn’t gonna be able to sleep until I got some crackers in me. Boy, was I wrong!


Enjoy!