For the wraps:
For the yogurt sauce:
We felt like going on a walk the other day, so I found this park nearby which just so happened to actually be a very large “hill” in the middle of Wellington that you can walk to the top of and see these amazing 360˚ views over the city, the Harbor and the Pacific Ocean.
The walk snakes through a wooded area and goes pretty much straight up 640 feet (that’s like 60 stories!). On this incredibly strenuous walk to the top, Caleb and I joked about running the trail for exercise and the superman quads you’d have if you ran it everyday… That was 4 days ago, we’ve now run to the top the past 4 days in a row. (Never joke about these things with Caleb, you never know what ideas he might get.) I don’t know if my heart has ever beat so hard and loud as when we get to the top but the gorgeous views are a pretty sweet reward. Our goal is to run to the top everyday before we leave. I’ll keep you posted on that front:)
Oh yeah, we’re coming home on January 20! After lots of long deliberations, we decided not to stay in New Zealand. There are many factors that went into our decision, some things went wrong, some went right, but perhaps the biggest is that we would have to commit to staying longer than we were willing to.
Sometimes it feels like we failed, but in the end, we decided it’s better to change your mind, than to stay in a situation that doesn’t make you happy. We’ve learned so much from this whole experience, and we’ve really enjoyed ourselves. Even though our original plan didn’t work out, I’m so happy we came.
So, we’re relishing our last few weeks here, having picnics on the beach, running to the top of Mt. Victoria everyday, programming (Caleb), cooking (me), and just relaxing. We’re also getting excited to come home. We’ve missed our KC people and we can’t wait to see everyone again!
Alright, I should probably get on to the food, this IS a food blog right? So, these eggplant wraps. They are crispy, crunchy, creamy and so satisfying. Sliced eggplant, lightly breaded and pan-fried to make crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, slices of heaven, tossed into warm bread with tangy yogurt sauce and fresh, crunchy veggies! YES. So good.
There are so many possible substitutions here. Feel free to sub the spinach with any leafy green- kale, chard, collard, lettuce. We tested with chard too and it was fantastic. You can sub the red onion and red bell pepper with your fave sandwich toppings, tomato, cucumber, avocado, etc. Finally, any type of bread will work as a vessel. I used naan, but you could also use pita bread, tortillas, any sandwich bread, sliced baguette, etc. To make it as healthy as possible I used a homemade wheat naan, and lots of fresh veggies!
These eggplant wraps with yogurt sauce are healthy, super easy to make, and they come together in less than an hour, perfect for a weeknight dinner!
- For the eggplant-
- 1 medium eggplant
- 1/4 c all purpose flour
- 1 t cumin
- 1 t paprika
- 1 t coriander
- 1 t salt
- 1/4 c plain greek yogurt
- 1 c panko breadcrumbs
- 4 T olive oil
- For the yogurt sauce-
- 1/2 c plain greek yogurt
- 1 T lemon juice
- 1 T cilantro, minced
- 2 t parsley, minced
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1/2 t cumin
- 1/2 t salt
- For the wraps-
- 4 naan (or your bread of choice, tortillas, pita bread, sandwich bread, etc)
- red bell pepper, sliced (and/or tomato, cucumber, etc.)
- red onion, sliced
- spinach (or any leafy green, lettuce, chard, kale, etc.)
Inspired by Blue Apron
To make it vegan, use non-dairy yogurt.