I know this recipe sounds crazy, but it is soooooo good! Beans are a big NONO on the Paleo diet but for me they are a NONO because they cause so much bloating!
“HEALTHIFIED” RE-FRIED “BEANS”
1 eggplant (about 4 cups cubed) or zucchini
4 slices bacon
1 cup chopped yellow onions
1 TBS minced garlic
1 TBS minced, seeded jalapeno
1 TBS chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
1/2 tsp chopped oregano
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro, garnish (optional)
Peel and cube the eggplant. Place cubes and 4 slices of uncooked bacon pieces in a pan. Stir fry until bacon is fried and eggplant is very very soft (about 10 minutes). Reserve bacon fat. Vegetarian Option: Peel and slice the eggplant, place in tinfoil and smoke in a wood smoker for 2 hours. This gives the eggplant a natural bacon flavor.
Place the eggplant (and bacon) in a food processor and puree until smooth. In a large, heavy skillet, heat the bacon fat over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, jalapeno, chili powder, cumin, salt, and cayenne, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 45 seconds to 1 minute. Add the eggplant puree and any cooking liquid from the pot, and the oregano, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring with a heavy wooden spoon, until the mixture forms a thick paste, 5 to 10 minutes, adding water 1 tablespoon at a time to keep from getting dry. Sprinkle with the cheese and cilantro, and serve. Use My Cauliflower Tortillas and make Burritos. Makes 8 servings.