The eggplant can be a much overlooked vegetable. It can be thought of as bland and has the common misconception that it doesn't have many nutritional benefits. I'm here to change your mind about this beautiful purple plant and tell you how wonderful it is and all the different ways you can cook with it.
Eggplant have high levels of antioxidants, fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B-6. They're low in calories, fat, sodium, and have no cholesterol. One cup of cubed eggplant will give you 10% of your daily value of fiber. Eggplants can help control and manage diabetes due to their high fiber and low soluble carbohydrate content.
Many recipes call to sprinkle eggplant with salt to draw the moisture out before cooking. I never do this and never feel that I have a watery dish. You can avoid the excess salt by just skipping this step. Some recipes also call for frying the eggplant which negates a lot of their nutritional benefits once it has soaked up oil. Try baking the eggplant and use a silicone baking mat to prevent them from sticking to a cookie sheet. By using a silicone baking mat you don't even need to use oil!
So don't skip the eggplant next time! Give one of these recipes a go and you'll enjoy all the great tasty and nutritional benefits of the eggplant!
I love ratatouille. Originally a French peasant’s dish, this is a super easy yet super delicious recipe you can make in under and hour. Normally I would roast the veggies in my oven, but there’s something summery about grilling the veggies and smelling their aromas while you patiently wait in the outdoors. I made this with two different sauces, tomato and pesto, so pick which one you would like best, or if you can’t decide, make them both like I did. (Don't worry if you don't have a grill - you can easily make this recipe by roasting the vegetables in your oven.)
If you have an overload of eggplant from your summer crop this is a great new way to enjoy it! A little salty, a little spicy, and full of delicious flavor thanks to fresh basil and green olives! This is a great side dish or main entree!
Did you love the Baked Eggplant with Basil Walnut Sauce? Want to even love it more by putting on a SANDWICH? Here you go! Get your tastebuds and napkins ready for this flavor explosion!
I wanted to called this recipe eggplant parmesan, but obviously there is no parmesan cheese in it - its like a traditional eggplant parm, but with a twist. Much healthier and just as delicious!
This BBQ Eggplant Sandwich is ridiculously easy and quick - it only has 2 main ingredients. A little peeling, a little slicing, a short marinade, and a quick grill and you're ready for a great summer sandwich. The great thing is you can make exactly as many sandwiches as you like because each slice you cut from the eggplant is one sandwich.
This veggie lasagne is super easy and quick to put together. It does use a lot of sauce, so if it seems like you can get by with just one jar, go for it - I tend to like my lasagnes a little saucier! Slice up some eggplant and zucchini, chop up some mushrooms and you're halfway to a delicious dinner!
Awhile ago I had Baingan Bharta at my local Indian restaurant. It was AMAZING! The dish I had was more blended together, so I decided to keep it chunky and add additional veggies to it. Its a great way to use up a lot of eggplant you may have in your garden!
I actually think this is easier to make than lasagne. Its easy to figure out how much to make, and you have tons of options as to how to fill the rolls. I chose green chard, eggplant, mushrooms, and cashew cheese for this filling.
I'm currently having an abundant crop of eggplant this summer in my garden. I'm growing Japanese Eggplant, which is smaller than traditional eggplant, skinnier, and longer. It tastes just as great! This recipe is just like a hummus, just replacing the eggplant for the chickpeas. Its great with crackers and pita chips, on salads, or as a dip for veggies.
Traditional moussaka is usually made with lamb and a béchamel sauce (cheese, butter, and flour). I changed this up by using lentils instead of lamb and mashed potatoes instead of the béchamel sauce. With the help of Penzeys Spices, an amazing spice shop based out of Milwaukee, this turned out super delicious and was easier to make than it looks. Give it a go and you won’t be disappointed!