Hey all! I am so glad you enjoyed the Grain-Free Pumpkin Spice Bread Recipe! I am so glad that so many of you have already tried it and enjoyed it! A big shout out to Heather for making it so quickly and creating a yummy-looking vanilla-peanut butter variation:
Also, I only have a few more spots left to fill in my Friends by Recipe Challenge. So hurry and send your recipes in so you can be included!
Now onto more colorful things….like eggplant! There really aren’t many purple vegetables out there.
Honestly, I had never really eaten or cooked an eggplant until about a month ago-when I fell in love with it! Eggplants are just so meaty, tender, and juicy. They can also be completely versatile and be cooked into many different dishes like baba ganoush, Eggplant Parmesan, or Stuffed Eggplant. It can even be used as a meat replacement!
Their vibrant purple color isn’t just for looks, though. The eggplant also holds truckloads of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. In particular, the eggplant skin has a anthocyanin phytonutrient called nasunin. Nasunin is a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger that has been shown to protect cell membranes from damage.
It’s good for you and it tastes good! What can be better than that?
Plus they are in season right now! So get them before October ends.
I have been enjoying my eggplant stove top style:
Using a cast-iron skillet (or any other type of skillet or pan), preheat the stove to medium heat. Drizzle a bit of olive oil in the bottom of the pan. Then, slice the eggplant into slices. I probably sliced mine at about 1/4 inch thick.
Then, place the eggplant on the skillet and drizzle more olive oil over the eggplant. Sprinkle as many herbs as you want! Have fun! I used a combination of salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.
Serve by itself:
Or….Create your own masterpiece by layering the grilled eggplant with grilled tomato slices:
Beautifully topped with fresh basil. Doesn’t it looks like it could be served for $20 at a fancy restaurant?
Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:
What are your favorite uses for eggplant? Or have you ever tried it? If you haven’t, I strongly suggest you pick up one of those babies at the store today!
P.S. Katie is having a Coconut Butter Giveaway! Check it out!