LOW CARB EGGPLANT RECIPES
LOW CARB EGGPLANT RECIPES
Eggplant, lovely eggplant! Most eggplant has a mild flavor, and when raw has a spongy texture, so eggplant can absorb many different types of flavors. When cooked, it acquires an almost-silky texture, and is great for dips as well as thickening soups. So I thought I would share some of my low carb eggplant recipes.
I love it for bread substitutes like my French Toast, you would never guess it is eggplant! And about 2 years ago, I spoke at a company “lunch and learn” program and had a game called “Guess the Secret Ingredient.” Out of the 250 people that tried the “Bread Pudding,” only 2 people guessed it!
You can get way more nutrients by substituting healthier nutrient-dense veggies for “whole grains” without the excess sugar and calories!
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|Re-fried Beans Made with Eggplant instead of Beans! (recipe in: The Art of Eating Healthy: Savory)|
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Re-fried Beans = 183 calories, 6.6g fat, 7g protein, 24g carbs, 6g fiber (18 effective carbs)
“Healthified” Re-fried “Beans” = 93 calories, 5.6g fat, 5.7g protein, 5.8g carbs, 2.6g fiber (3.2 effective carbs)
EGGPLANT TIP: To make the eggplant more “bread-like” and reduce its naturally occurring bitter taste, you can “sweat” the eggplant by salting it. After cutting the eggplant into the desired size and shape, sprinkle it with Celtic sea salt and allow it to rest for about 30 minutes. Rinsing the eggplant after “sweating” will remove most of the salt so your end product isn’t too salty.
1. “Bread” Pudding
2. Moussaka (Greek Lasagna)
3. “Healthy” Grilled Cheese
4. Eggs in a Frame
5. Lasagna (Nutritious and Delicious Cookbook)
6. Hamburger Helper (The Art of Eating Healthy: Kids)
7. African Nut Stew (The Art of Eating Healthy: Savory)
8. French “Toast”
HEALTH TIP: Did you know that even though it is an awesome low carb food, it is part of the night shade category, which is a common allergy for many people? It is part of the nightshade (Solanacene) family, which also includes tomatoes, potatoes, chili peppers and tobacco! Many people are sensitive or allergic to properties in eggplant and other nightshades. If you suffer from arthritis or migraines, I suggest you skip nightshades of all sorts, including tomatoes and eggplant.
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