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Japanese Eggplant Teriyaki

27 Sep
I have been working through the Asian themed veggie pack I got with Bountiful Baskets and decided to first figure out what to do with the eggplant.  I came across a few recipes for Japanese Eggplant Teriyaki, and decided that would be it.  The tricky part was that I only had 1 eggplant, but most recipes called for 4-5.  So, I scaled back the ingredients as best I could, but I still think I had too much of the liquids in the pan with the eggplant.  However, it still turned out pretty tasty.
Japanese Eggplant Teriyaki
  • 1 lb Japanese eggplant, about 4-6
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 -3 drops sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ginger root, grated
  • toasted sesame seeds
  1. Cut the eggplants into 1/2″ slices and soak in water for 10-15 minutes. Drain and dry them.
  2. Heat a large non-stick skillet and add the vegetable oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, mirin, sugar and ginger.  Place the eggplant slices in the skillet and cook the eggplant slices on both sides until tender.
  3. Remove from heat and add to serving dish.  Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serve.

Basket Breakdown 9/24/2011

25 Sep

I was impressed with this week’s basket.  Lots of good things.  I got the conventional basket for $15, the Asian themed veggie add-on for $8.50, and 5 loaves of 9 grain bread for $10, plus the $1.50 handling fee, so $35 total.  Here is what we got, first picture shows the conventional basket and 9 grain bread, second picture shows the Asian themed veggie add-on.

Conventional Basket- 9/24/2011

9 grain bread, pineapple, green grapes, bananas, nectarines, Gala apples, apple pears, black plums, iceberg lettuce, green peppers, red peppers, cucumbers, yellow onions, and Roma tomatoes

Asian Themed veggie pack - 9/24/2011

Daikon, Napa cabbage, bok choy, lemongrass, green onion, Japanese eggplant, garlic, ginger root, basil

I was able to get out to Walmart and Fry’s to get some price comparisons, at least for the things I could find.  I did not price the bread, but I know to get bread comparable to this 9 grain would be $3-$4 a loaf, and I’m only paying $2 a loaf. I was able to get prices for everything in the conventional basket, but the veggie pack was a little bit tougher.  The price for the Japanese eggplant is the price for a regular eggplant, I figured they would be about the same.  The lemongrass price was from a tube of lemongrass I found at Walmart, I found a price per pound based on the price and size of the tube.  Daikon, I did not find at either store.

Item

Qty

WM Price

WM Total

Fry’s Price

Fry’s Total

Pineapple (ea)

1.00

$2.98

$2.98

$3.99

$3.99

Bananas (lb)

3.06

$0.56

$1.71

$0.57

$1.74

Gala Apples (lb)

1.67

$1.57

$2.62

$1.29

$2.15

Nectarines (lb)

2.88

$1.03

$2.97

$1.88

$5.41

Apple Pears (ea)

4.00

$1.47

$5.88

$1.49

$5.96

Plums (lb)

2.57

$1.48

$3.80

$1.88

$4.83

Grapes (lb)

2.65

$1.88

$4.98

$1.98

$5.25

Iceberg lettuce (ea)

1.00

$1.14

$1.14

$1.18

$1.18

Cucumbers (ea)

2.00

$0.50

$1.00

$0.59

$1.18

Red peppers (ea)

4.00

$1.78

$7.12

$0.88

$3.52

Green peppers (ea)

3.00

$0.50

$1.50

$0.59

$1.77

Yellow Onion (lb)

2.20

$1.23

$2.70

$0.78

$1.72

Roma tomatoes (lb)

1.58

$0.98

$1.55

$0.90

$1.42

$39.95

$40.13

Item

Qty

WM Price

WM Total

Fry’s Price

Fry’s Total

Green onion (ea)

3.00

$0.56

$1.68

$0.50

$1.50

Garlic

0.12

$3.48

$0.42

$0.59

$0.59

Napa cabbage (lb)

2.21

$0.94

$2.08

$0.99

$2.19

Bok choy (lb)

2.05

$0.94

$1.93

$0.99

$2.03

Japanese eggplant

1.00

$1.98

$1.98

$1.49

$1.49

Basil

0.11

$24.83

$2.73

$0.00

Ginger

0.08

$2.80

$0.22

$0.00

Lemongrass

0.13

$15.12

$1.97

$0.00

Daikon

4.76

$0.00

$0.00

$13.00

$7.80

Again this week, I am impressed with the savings.  I paid $15 for $40 in produce in my conventional basket.  While I wasn’t able to get all the prices for the veggie add-on pack, I’m at $13 before the daikon, so I would estimate that overall it would be $15-$16 total.  Then, with the savings on bread I mentioned, I’m estimating I’m at about 50% savings again, which I am very happy with since produce savings is so difficult.

Note: Prices are from stores in southeastern AZ, prices may vary in other locations.  The weight of food may vary from another basket because of variances in how the ends of produce cases are distributed after everything has been distributed evenly.

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