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It’s a vegetarian’s dream – hearty and substantial, a meat-substitute that can hold its own. But eggplant can be enjoyed in a variety of dishes, vegetarian and otherwise.
Eggplant contains around 30 calories per 3.5 ounces – but be mindful of how you prepare it, as eggplant can suck up oil like crazy.
When buying, look for eggplant that’s firm to the touch with unwrinkled skin. Store it in your fridge’s crisper for up to a few days.
Many cooks prefer to salt and rinse their eggplant before cooking it, in order to reduce some of the vegetable’s bitterness. You can opt to brine the eggplant rather than salting it, which will help it keep its shape during the cooking process.
Try these recipes from Food Network Canada that feature eggplant.
- Easy eggplant Parmesan
- Pasta-less eggplant lasagna
- Zesty breaded and baked eggplant
- Lamb moussaka with eggplant
- Roasted pepper and eggplant salad