Mediterranean Baba Ghanoush Flatbread

February 14, 2017
Mediterranean Baba Ghanoush Flatbread: Colorful, with herbs, & bright flavors. This flatbread doesn't disappoint & won't leave you feeling stuffed afterward
“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating”     ~ Luciano Pavarotti

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Last week, I'm sitting under the dryer at the hair salon, basking in the warmth.

My son and I had been planning a visit, and we'd passed a few days playing Schedule Tetris to pull off a phone call.  As a sweet older lady nudges at me to pass the People magazine, I attempt to maneuver to a place of quiet, realizing I'd completely lost track of time.

She checks the foils (a little while longer) while we chat about his days.  With every pause in the conversation, I find myself reminding him, “You're simply doing your best, and that's really pretty great.”

(Sometimes I need to remind myself as well)

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Doing your best doesn't mean your beans are sprouted, vegetable-filled crocks are fermenting in your basement, and your medicine cabinet is free of Pepto Bismol.  It doesn't mean you eat only organic, meditate every morning, exercise every afternoon, and check all the boxes on the list of things you should do every day

Sometimes it does

Other times, doing your best looks like soup from the co-op (for her) and carry-out pizza (for him).  Slurping chicken noodle and eating pepperoni pizza on paper tableware, with a stack of scratchy napkins nearby.  The last bottle of wine scavenged from the Spaghetti Saturday cabinet.

“Honey, is there a candle in the kitchen drawer?  Maybe toward the back?”

The past couple of weeks, my scale was tipped precariously from manageable to down-right busy.  Admittedly, my mind was elsewhere.  I was awful about writing things down, and dinner wasn't the only thing falling off of my radar.

There were so many things I wanted to write, so many thoughts I tried to capture in the kitchen while I fried another egg (breakfast for dinner, yet again).  So many ideas that floated through my head during afternoon walks.  They came, they left, and I found myself standing by the stove as the pan began to smoke,

wondering why my mind felt empty

Mediterranean Baba Ghanoush Flatbread: Colorful, with herbs, & bright flavors. This flatbread doesn't disappoint & won't leave you feeling stuffed afterward

I know I won't remember much about this busy and full season of taking classes, training puppies, participating in a challenge, workouts, cultivating a marriage, and visiting my grandchildren.  I'll remember the parts I wrote down, and the rest will be gone like the flame of the candle

Carry-out for dinner, then.  Sausage or Pepperoni?  Chicken Minestrone or Chili?

Doing your best sometimes means forgoing one thing that's important to you, to honor another

Carry-out doesn't offer me the most nutritious meal (important).  Although neither does attempting something homemade on a busy day.  A meal I'll serve out of exhaustion, stress, or resentment

Even the artisan mac and cheese with chorizo and roasted poblano peppers will taste terrible if served with a frenzied heart

And so, grace

Doing your best means carry-out, with grace.

It means breakfast for dinner, with grace.  It means silencing the voices that say you are only as good as your latest project at work, only as kind as your last interaction, only as healthy as your last meal, only as important as your last errand, only as beautiful as the

number on a scale

Doing your best might simply mean a kitchen full of ingredients like flatbreads, nuts, herbs, veggies, tahini, capers, or coconut oil.

Or it might mean a drawer full of Groupons and a freezer stocked with pizza dough and pepperoni

Doing your best might mean a day of attending a yoga, weight lifting, or kickboxing class; along with an hour of walking.

Or it might mean a fifteen-minute walk over your lunch hour and a set of push-ups on the living room floor in the evening

Pizza, then.  With grace

Mediterranean Baba Ghanoush Flatbread: Colorful, with herbs, & bright flavors. This flatbread doesn't disappoint & won't leave you feeling stuffed afterward

Every week during the Live Healthy Iowa 10-Week Challenge I've been updating my progress

My progress report after week 3?

Total minutes of activity this week = 595   and Overall = 1905

It adds up quick! (a combination of walking, yoga, resistance class, kickboxing, and weight lifting)

Total pounds lost this week = 2.1  and Overall = 9.4

( .. to be continued .. )

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Think of flatbreads as the more authentic version of Italian pizza.

Healthful veggies, herbs, and toppers often replace heavy meats and cheeses; keeping this indulgence light and fresh.  When time is short, skip the homemade crust and opt for purchased flatbreads instead

We've really been enjoying this one

Mediterranean cuisine is known to be colorful, with herbs, citrus, and other bright flavors.  This flatbread doesn't disappoint.  It's heavy on flavors and won't leave you feeling stuffed afterward.

Note:  Consider doubling the Baba Ghanoush recipe; it's wonderful for dipping your veggies in, as an afternoon snack



ps:  I'm participating as part of the  Iowa Food and Family Project‘s blogger team in this year's annual Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Challenge. More stories from the Challenge can be found here 

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~ Baba Ghanoush adapted from Epicurious, and Mediterranean Flatbread adapted from Better Homes and Gardens | Mediterranean Recipes Special Interest Publication

Mediterranean Baba Ghanoush Flatbread


  • Baba Ghanoush
  • 2 - 3 medium eggplants (~ 3 pounds total)
  • 2 -3 Tbsp olive oil
  • cup tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • freshly squeezed juice of 2 lemons ( ~ ½ cup )
  • fine grain sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

  • Flatbread
  • cornmeal for dusting
  • 1 recipe pizza dough (or 1 lb purchased pizza dough - choosing a gluten-free pizza dough will make this recipe gluten-free)
  • olive oil
  • ¾ - 1 cup Baba Ghanoush
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted (optional, but recommended)
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • flaky sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • Baba Ghanoush
  • Preheat the oven to 450°F
  • Rub the outside of the eggplants with olive oil and place them in a roasting pan.
  • Roast the eggplant until the skin has charred and the interior is tender (~ 15 to 20 minutes)
  • Let cool
  • Once the eggplant is cool, peel, remove the seeds, roughly chop the flesh, and then transfer it to the bowl of a food processor
  • Add the tahini, garlic, lemon juice, a pinch of sea salt, a grind of freshly ground black pepper, and a few teaspoons of cold water.
  • Process the mix until it has the texture of a coarse paste, adding a bit more water, as needed, to help the mixture to blend
  • Adjust the seasoning to taste

  • Flatbread
  • Preheat oven to 425° F
  • Lightly grease a baking sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll and stretch the dough into a 12" x 8" rectangle or oval.
  • Transfer the dough to a baking sheet and lightly brush with olive oil. Bake 10 minutes
  • Spread crust with Baba Ghanoush and top with tomatoes
  • Bake another 8-10 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and crisp
  • Top with hazelnuts and mint and a squeeze of lemon juice
  • Sprinkle with lemon zest and flaky sea salt, to taste
Serves: 8
Nutrition + Show
Calories 355
Total Fat 16.8g
Saturated Fat 2g
Carbohydrates 44.4g
Fiber 10.1g
Sugars 9.7g
Protein 8.8g
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  • Reply Rhian February 14, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Wow this flatbread looks so good, I haven’t made anything like this in ages x

  • Reply emma white February 14, 2017 at 10:17 am

    oh wow this looks and sounds amazing and it’s something even the kids would love so going to have to give this try for myself

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus February 14, 2017 at 11:36 am

    I agree doing your best can mean different things on different days, if one day you are prepared than the next then so be it. It is ok. Gorgeous recipe as always xx

  • Reply Eazynazy February 14, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    5 stars
    woww so yummyyy it looks ….thanx for sharing this lovely dish 🙂

  • Reply Lindsey February 14, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    This looks truly scrumptious, i think Ill give ths a go and ill tag you. My daughter recently tred babganoush and she loves the stuff

  • Reply kathryn Maher February 14, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Exercise is so important and healthy eating even more so. This is one of my favourite recipes that you have posted. I’ll be making it .

  • Reply Rodanthi Dimou February 14, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Doing your best… that’s a big statement. I totally agree with you, it doesn’t mean the same every day. Lately I’ve been struggling to do my best in every aspect of my life…. well, that’s not enough usually. It’s not easy either. But we keep on trying. I love your recipe. I will try it next weekend.

  • Reply Elizabeth O. February 14, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    This post was very insightful. There are different versions of doing our best and sometimes we just really have to accept what life throws at us. I think you’re doing great. This flatbread looks so good, it made me crave for some pizza. I would love to do this.

  • Reply Kylie February 15, 2017 at 3:09 am

    This looks so good! It is weird I ordered my groceries online for a delivery and I had order Hummous, they substituted it for baba ghanoush I remember thinking what the hell is that. i gave it back which is a shame as I could have tried your recipe. x

  • Reply Rachel Ritlop February 15, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Yummy! this looks sooo good! can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply Eugenia February 15, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    5 stars
    Wow, you have so may yummy recipes! This one is simply perfect to me as I am a huge fan of Mediterranean cuisine!

  • Reply adriana February 15, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    This looks SO delicious! I cannot wait to try this, definitely this weekend! Yum!

  • Reply Tania February 16, 2017 at 3:29 am

    Grace is one of my favorite words, and I love what you are suggesting here. Pizza with grace, falling off the wagon with grace and silencing the voices! I can so relate.

  • Reply Miss Kim @ behgopa February 16, 2017 at 4:22 am

    That was deep and on point! I like the way you think. Your post is also making me hungry at(almost) 2:30 in the morning!

  • Reply Mary February 16, 2017 at 10:24 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! I will definitely need to try to make this at home. You always have such wonderful recipes!

  • Reply Surekha February 16, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    I love pizzas, period. But I am always looking out for healthy flat bread versions. This look delicious, the othly thing is the cherry tomatoes, not sure If I will like them. So pinning this

  • Reply Brian February 16, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I love baba and pizza is my fav, but I never thought of combining the two!

  • Reply Kusum February 16, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Oh I love a good Mediterranean dish especially when you can make it at home! This looks so delicious and inviting.

    xx, Kusum

  • Reply Shirley February 17, 2017 at 12:14 am

    5 stars
    Its looks so yummy. Being vegetarian i love to cook at home and i will try this for sure. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • Reply Ana Ojha February 17, 2017 at 12:19 am

    5 stars
    I totally agree with you that it is sometimes important to remind ourselves that we’re doing good. It keep us motivated in boost our spirit! Regarding this flatbread, another awesome recipe from your bucket. Bookmarking it for my reference!

  • Reply Joanna February 17, 2017 at 2:00 am

    Your recipe reminds me of a traditional eggplant salad that our moms make each summer. It’s very similar with baba ghanoush but with mayo instead of tahini. It’s funny how much you miss your comfort home food once you move to another country.

  • Reply chichi February 17, 2017 at 2:02 am

    such a healthy and yum recipe! totally want to try! motivated to loose some weight!

  • Reply Sabrina February 17, 2017 at 5:05 am

    doing our best… such a difficult idea to catch up with. this can change every single day! I love pizza-like or focaccia-like recipes! I’ll try with this but I doubt this can be as good as yours!

  • Reply Nina February 19, 2017 at 10:22 am

    It is so true that doing our best looks different depending on the week. Sometimes it looks more perfect than other. Also this flatbread looks amazing!

  • Reply Kathy Myers February 19, 2017 at 10:35 am

    This looks amazing. I am going to try it. I love the word Grace, if every I have a granddaughter I want her named Grace. This word means so much to my family!

  • Reply Dreammerin February 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Such an amazing idea! Everything looks just great – love your inspirations! Love your website <3

  • Reply Aarika February 20, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    5 stars
    This looks absolutely divine! The colors are so vibrant, and the ingredient combination is brilliant. Yum!!! I can’t wait to try your recipe. Thanks!

  • Reply Kelli Kennon-Lane February 20, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    You’re doing so well on this challenge, girl! SO PROUD OF YOU!

  • Reply Yaya February 22, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Love the look of this, how tasty! I couldn’t agree more – grace is key.

  • Reply Rachel February 23, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Until now, I have never in my lifetime come across Baba Ghanoush and I am now all intrigued by it x

  • Reply Connor Barrett February 23, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    5 stars
    Love the style of your writing and your take on what is important in life. Your flatbread looks lush! May give that a go myself

  • Reply Margot May 6, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    This looks so good! I’m always trying to fond ways to eat healthier, and you’re definitely helping. Besides, flatbread is just healthy pizza anyway right?

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