Stuffed Eggplant with Couscous & Almonds


Smoky almonds, meaty eggplant and whole-grain couscous with herbs make this meal plenty satisfying. Harissa gives the creamy sauce a little kick.

Stuffed Eggplant with Couscous & Almonds
Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • cup water plus 1 tablespoon, divided

  • ½ cup whole-wheat couscous (see Tip)

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 2 medium eggplants (about 1 pound each)

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped

  • cup mayonnaise

  • 2 teaspoons harissa paste or 1/2 teaspoon harissa seasoning

  • ½ cup chopped smoke-flavored almonds

  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.

  2. Combine 2/3 cup water, couscous and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat, cover and set aside.

  3. Halve eggplants through the stem; brush the cut sides with 2 tablespoons oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Grill the eggplants, flipping once halfway, until charred and tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, mash garlic with the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt on a cutting board with a fork. Combine the garlic paste, mayonnaise, harissa and the remaining 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl.

  5. Leaving a 1/4-inch-thick wall, carefully scoop out the eggplant flesh and chop. Stir the eggplant flesh into the couscous along with almonds, parsley and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Mound the filling in the eggplant shells. Serve with the sauce.


Tip: Light and fluffy couscous is made by rolling coarse semolina flour, resulting in small round granules. Choosing a whole-wheat variety gives you three times the fiber of white.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

457 Calories
33g Fat
35g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1/2 eggplant & 2 Tbsp. sauce
Calories 457
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 11g 39%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 9g 18%
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Vitamin A 697IU 14%
Vitamin C 15mg 17%
Folate 62mcg 16%
Sodium 522mg 23%
Calcium 86mg 7%
Iron 2mg 13%
Magnesium 37mg 9%
Potassium 570mg 12%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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