Eggplant

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

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!