There are so many ways to cook eggplant healthy; Bake it, layer it in veggie lasagna, add it to a healthy ratatouille, and so much more.
Here are some facts on why you should include eggplant in your diet;
- Eggplant is an excellent source of dietary fiber, which can help protect against colon cancer and keeps the digestive system regular.
- The vitamins in eggplant consist primarily of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), B vitamins, folate, and vitamin C.
- Eggplant is rich in minerals, boasting a large quantity of potassium, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorous.
Facts from livestrong.com
If you have never had eggplant or if you tried it before and didn't like it then here is a beginners recipe to try that is super easy, healthy, and delicious. Come on, you know you want to try it. Don't be scared.
Baked Italian Eggplant Parmesan
1 large eggplant, cut into 1/2 inch circles (see above)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 T water
3/4 cup Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup marinara sauce
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
1. Preheat broiler.
2. Combine egg and water in a shallow dish. Combine breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper in another shallow dish. Dip eggplant slices in the egg mixture, coating both sides; dredge in breadcrumb mixture, turning to coat both sides.
3. Spray baking sheet or line in parchment paper. Place eggplant on baking sheet; broil 5-7 minutes on each side until eggplant is golden brown and tender. Spoon 1-2 tablespoons marinara sauce on each slice and top with 2 tablespoons cheese. Return to broiler until cheese melts; about 1-2 minutes.
Recipe adapted from Weight Watchers
Here are some other healthy eggplant recipes to try that I found recently on Pinterest;