Eggplants can commonly be found in nearly all grocery stores, and while they look delicious and beautiful, they can be intimidating to use for cooking. Eggplants are often used in high calorie, fatty ways. However, there are at least three healthy ways that eggplants can be prepared that are both nutritious and delicious. You won’t be shying away from eggplants any more! after reading this article!
This is, hands, down one of the healthiest ways to cook eggplant, and one of the easiest ways as well! Grilled eggplant does not typically contain any of the added salt or butter associated with fried eggplant, and can be just as delicious. To start, use a sharp knife to cut the eggplant into equally sized rounds about one inch in diameter. Place the eggplant cut side down on a cutting board or other hard surface, and brush with olive oil. While olive oil is composed almost primarily of fat, the fat found in olive oil is unsaturated, and therefore is one of the healthiest fats available. Unsaturated fat has been found to be effective in the treatment and prevention of a variety of conditions, including heart disease, stroke, and even Alzheimer’s disease. After the eggplant has been brushed with the olive oil, sprinkle with a small amount of chopped basil, rosemary, or your herb of choice. Use a skewer that has been soaked in water to skewer the eggplant through its sides. Rest the skewers on a medium hot grill for around five minutes per side. Carefully remove the skewer before eating, and enjoy!
Boiling eggplant is another great, healthy way to serve the vegetable. When prepared properly, boiled eggplant can be used as an alternative to mashed potatoes, which typically contain high amounts of cream, butter, and salt. Start by peeling an eggplant and cutting it into one inch sized cubes. Place the cubes in a pot of boiling water, and allow to cook for around ten minutes. Test the doneness of the eggplant every few minutes by poking a fork into one of the cubes. If the fork can easily pierce the eggplant, it has been thoroughly cooked. Remove the pot from the heat, and drain. Place the cooked eggplant into a large bowl with a few tablespoons of olive oil. Use a hand mixer to blend the cooked eggplant and olive oil. Once the mixture has reached the consistency that you desire, sprinkle with a small amount of chopped parsley, and serve.
Finally, baked eggplant can be used as a side dish to any meal. Wash the eggplant, and as when preparing the eggplant to be grilled, cut it into slices that are one inch in diameter. Place cut side down on a lightly greased baking sheet, sprinkle with a bit of olive oil, and bake for ten minutes. Remove from the oven, and serve.