A Meatless Grill: Garlic Honey Eggplant

grilled eggplant recipe
I'm on a mission to eat less meat. Not no meat, but less than the habitual three-beef-meals-a-day routine my college-self established (that selfish jerk never thought about how his actions would affect me). Let me tell you, it's the wrong season to break an addiction to beef.  Every time I step outside, I can hear the grease and fat sizzling on every grill surrounding my apartment, and I levitate, Tucan Sam style, towards the burgers, hot dogs, and steaks.

Vegetarian, vegan meal
So, my girlfriend, who likes my heart as it is (you know, beating), has been leading me down a path of meaty vegetables that I thought revolted me.  Turns out, I love me a good, thick cut, grilled up  slice of eggplant, especially with the sweet and spicy marinade below.
Eggplant recipes sweet savory garlic

Garlic Honey Eggplant Ingredients:

1 large eggplant
2 tbs honey
3 tbs olive oil
2-3 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 tsp paprika 
2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (more, if you really like a kick)
Easy vegetarian grill recipe
1) Partially skin the eggplant so it appears to have vertical stripes
2) Cut the eggplant into 1/2" to 1" thick circular pieces
3) Sprinkle salt on both sides of the pieces, and leave to drain on a paper towel for 15 minutes or so
4) Meanwhile, mix the remaining ingredients in a large bowl
5) Dip the pieces of eggplant in the marinade, and place on a platter for 5-10 minutes while the marinade is absorbed
Balsamic Eggplant
6) Brush the grill rack with olive oil, and preheat on medium-low heat
7) Place the eggplant on the grill for about 4 minutes per side
8) Place back on the platter so any remaining marinade covers the grilled pieces
9) Move to a serving platter.
vegan meals on the grill
I served these as individual pieces, but you can toss them on a bun, throw them in a salad - use your imagination! I suggest some sort of fresh, raw veggie as a side dish - we had a small feta salad.

What veggies do you like to grill?  How do you prepare them? Comment below, or email


  1. This sounds great. I love eggplant but am the only one who will eat it in our home (1 of 2!) You have some great sounding recipes here, I really like the Jalapeno Buffalo Chicken Club with Chipotle Bacon - definitely a must try! Thanks for visiting my blog today and I hope you enjoy the Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad!