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Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush is a middle-eastern dip made from roasted eggplant and is a healthy and enjoyable alternative to many other dips!


  • 1 large eggplant, pierced with a fork in several places
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 2 whole garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • olive oil to garnish


  1. Peel and slice onion in half and lay on a large sheet of foil with the eggplant and wrap well.
  2. Put into very hot oven at 400°F-425°F for approximately 1 hour or until the eggplant is very soft.
  3. Scoop out eggplant flesh from skin and put into food processor with the onion and remaining ingredients. img_2757
  4. Pulse a few times until you have a nice chunky dip. Check for seasoning and adjust if required.
  5. Dish out onto serving plate and drizzle with olive oil, if desired.

By Functionally Simple Nutrition

Ariana Cucuzza, RDN, LD is the founder of She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in Functional Medicine Nutrition and sports nutrition.

Ariana holds a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition sciences from Ohio University and went on to complete her dietetic internship at The Cleveland Clinic. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Cleveland chapter of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also is an active member of the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) and Dietitians in Functional Medicine (DIFM) Practice Groups of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has been featured in Health Magazine, Live Science, Rally Health, YouBeauty, US News & World Report and Cleveland Clinic's Health Essentials as well as live appearances with WKYC news.

In her previous role as a public health and community-based dietitian, she led “food as medicine” initiatives in coordination with health care providers to provide nutritious food to low-income patients with diet-related health challenges. She also led nutrition workshops, cooking demonstrations, and assisted with menu planning for afterschool programs and senior meals.

Ariana enjoys cooking, trying new things, and staying active with yoga and Crossfit!

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