Five-Spice Eggplant from the Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook


Man, being on a self-imposed cookbook purchasing freeze is tough for a food blogger!

It’s not just the possibility of discovering new recipes I constantly crave, it’s the photography and styling that really gets me.  I love nothing more than to curl up with a never-opened cookbook, a hot cup of coffee, and some post-it flags.  I thumb through slowly, lingering over each page and soaking it in:  the ingredients, the flavors, the lighting and composition of the photographs.

A couple of months back, though, I had to impose a cookbook freeze.  Nothing new for a while-that was my plan.  I had moved my cookbook collection to a new location because it had grown to where the kitchen could no longer contain it.  Many are well-worn, containing recipes I’ve made so many times that I barely need to consult them at all.  Some are kept for sentimental reasons.  They belonged to my mother and contain her side notes and dog-eared favorites.  I even have passed a few cookbooks along, not using them enough to afford them the precious shelf space needed to keep them.  And still…I have so many!  I went for a good stretch staying true to my conviction not to buy any new cookbooks for a while.

Then one day, it happened.

One of my favorite bloggers made a spatchcocked roasted chicken recipe from the Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook by Joshua Weissman.  I tried it also and not only was the chicken delicious, but I was so moved and inspired by Joshua’s story and blown away by the recipes on his web site, that I had to have the cookbook.

Hello, Amazon.

Hello, Elizabeth.  Welcome back.

I should point out that I don’t eat strictly paleo, but I find that I often do without really trying.  If you’d like more information about what paleo eating is,  this may be a good place to start.

Five-Spice Eggplant Rounds from the Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook


  • *Chinese five spice powder is a spice mixture used primarily in (obviously) Chinese cooking, but some other cuisines as well. It imparts a sweet and smoky flavor and includes a blend of fennel seed, cinnamon, anise, cloves, and sichuan pepper. Five spice powder can be purchased in most grocery stores.
  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 4 cloves garlic, skins on
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil or melted ghee
  • 2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat broiler.

Slice the eggplants about 1/2-inch thick.

Slice each garlic clove in half, leaving skins on.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil (you may need two). Spread the eggplant rounds in a single layer on the baking sheet. Scatter the garlic cloves around the eggplant.

Drizzle the avocado oil or ghee over the eggplant rounds.

Sprinkle with Chinese five-spice powder and salt and pepper.

Broil for 6-7 minutes, then flip the eggplant rounds and broil an additional 3-4 minutes or until deep golden brown on the outside and tender in the middle (mine took slightly longer).



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2 Responses to Five-Spice Eggplant from the Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook

  1. David Gurevich May 1, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    Gosh, this looks delicious! Really enjoy how your site combines good cuisine with good photos. Hopefully the fish chowder recipe I sent helps with the no new cookbook issue 🙂

    • fiercely fresh May 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

      Thanks again for sending that along-can’t wait to try it!

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