Thursday, April 29, 2010

The general perception for the eggplant is not a glamorous one. It is often one that carries with it not much content. This is due to the prevailing knowledge that eggplant doesn't present much vitamins and minerals, and its taste isn't something that you will crave.

There is little mentioned about the nutrients that can be derived from the eggplant, even in Reader's Digest's book, Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal, but one article in the Ezine directory gave a complete twist to that outlook, or should I say, perception, on eggplant.

That article tells about all the health implications or miracle - that can be derived from the eggplant. See it here: The Lowly by Extraordinary Eggplant.

As for the cooking side, read on...

Cooking Eggplant - Tips and Information

Eggplant: More Than 75 Delicious Recipes
If you're cooking eggplant
for the first time, it may seem a bit tricky. Eggplant can be cooked in many ways and perhaps this is why people often take ages to decide how they're going to cook it.

Its beautiful purple skin is sure to add color to any dish and its sturdiness is ideal since it's perfect for grilling.

Very popular with vegetarians, eggplant is also a great accompaniment to meat dishes.

Jacques Pepin's Easter CelebrationEggplant is often mistaken for a type of vegetable but it is in actual fact a fruit.

This very versatile fruit can be cooked in various ways. For example, you can marinate it or roast it. Others prefer to use it in stews with meat and potatoes. Eggplant can be served either hot or cold.

You can also serve eggplant by itself as a side dish. A simple way to do this, is to slice the eggplant in wedges removing the top and bottom, brush some olive oil on it and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake it until lightly brown. Serve immediately.

If you don't like the taste that much, you can stuff the eggplant with your favorite filling and serve it with other veggies and potatoes. Using spices will also make a huge difference when cooking eggplant. Some spices that go well with eggplant are oregano, bay leaves, basil and parsley.

Simply Eggplant: Kosher Recipes from Around the WorldThe seeds of the eggplant are somewhat bitter so it's best to remove most of them if you're not too keen on this fruit, and especially if small kids are going to try it.

A word of caution. Eggplant absorbs a lot of oil! So if you're following a healthy diet be careful with the amount of oil that you use.

Eggplants can be very conveniently stored and you can steam and freeze them for up to six months!

So next time you see some lovely fresh eggplants, make sure to grab some because with a little thought and preparation, cooking eggplant can be quite easy.

Vintage Kitchen?Baked Eggplant Finest LAMINATED Print Grace Pullen 11x14If you'd like to get your hands on a delicious eggplant recipe that is sure to become a family favorite, visit this Cooking Eggplant page.

Interested in trying other mouth watering recipes from the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta? Visit Addictive Maltese Recipes today!

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The Eggplant Cookbook: Classic and Contemporary Recipes for Today's Healthy DietLifted from Ezine article directory; source article is below:
Cooking Eggplant - Tips and Information

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