Monday, July 26, 2010

Eggplant Ideas

These lovely, antioxidant-rich purple veggies are springing up at markets around town! Eggplants, or aubergines, are a great source of fibre, potassium, mangenese and B vitamins.

Keep your eye out for different varieties - this veggie is available in a cornucopia of other colors including lavender, jade green, orange, and yellow-white, striped, as well as in sizes and shapes ranging from a small tomato size to that of a pumpkin!

Grilled eggplant is a summer favourite, and is enjoyed in many cultures around the world. Try some of these recipes at home!

Here are five ways to smoke up your summer grill with eggplant.

Grilled Eggplant Slices With Tomatoes and Feta: Nothing picks up the smoky flavor of a backyard grill quite like eggplant.

Grilled Eggplant and Pepper Salad: This somewhat spicy dish is the North African version of a salad made throughout the Mediterranean.

Spicy Grilled Eggplant Slices: In Italy, cooks often fry eggplant for this simple dish. Grilled eggplant works even better.

Smoky Eggplant and Yogurt Purée: Much like baba ganoush, this dish relies on yogurt instead of tahini for its unique flavor.

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