Monthly Archives: May 2013

Making your Eggplant Sexy and Sassy!

forkkinfe_barEggplant is one of those things that you either love or not.  The great thing is it can be made in such a way where it is awesome for everybody.  The key is FLAVOR!

Start with some baby eggplant.  They are less bitter and are so cute :-)

Give them a quick wash, and then cut off the tops, bottoms and cut in half.

Now turn on the burners and place them on the burners for about 2 minutes or until somewhat soft.  Use a fork to get them off.  If it falls in between, just turn the burner off, get it and then turn it back on, so you don’t burn yourself.  Don’t be a daredevil :-)

Now when you take them off, the skin grilling on the fire flavor is infused inside of the eggplant.  The next thing to do is to peel off the skin.  Why?  Because it is somewhat burnt.  So, even though we want the flavor, we don’t want to eat burnt peel.  It is the same concept of roasting red peppers.  Yes, you actually hold the eggplant under cold running water and peel off the skin.  It is ok if there is some residue, just not a lot unless you like it:-)

From here there are several things you can do.  You can, for example, chop these into even smaller pieces and add it to a marinara sauce.  The roasted infused flavor will blend nicely with the olive oil, garlic, and fresh basil.

You can sautee them in garlic and olive oil.

You can dip it in a breading mixture and make a low carb lasagna without pasta letting the eggplant substitute it.

We just used a non-stick pan and did a “water fry” or “steam fry” with a “sexy menage a twa” of spices!

Spices are sea salt from Trader Joe’s, red pepper for hot sexy heat, Spike to keep things excited, and garlic power from Trader Joe’s to pull it all together!

Water frying our flavor infused baby eggplant!

Reducing the sauce with some water.  You can use water with fresh squeezed lemon or white organic wine would also be nice.  In Fact, anything would be nice.  If beer is your thing, it would also be a nice combination flavor.  Adding fresh herbs would be another great idea.  We kept it simple, but as you can see, the possibilities are endless:-)
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Our finished dish!  It looks beautiful and tastes amazing!  This is literally no calories and filled with plenty of nutrients!  It is low glycemic as well, so wonderful for diabetics or people with heart conditions.  It is also wonderful for healthy people as well.  It is a nice snack because it fills you up, satisfies your taste buds and does not at to your caloric intake.  Adding some fresh basil, oregano or parsley is also a great finish.  We kept it simple.

You can also serve this with basmati rice or add it to a gourmet pizza.  Like I said, the possibilities are endless when you find natural low calorie ways to extract and add and combine flavor to healthy food.  Since eggplant is also hearty, it can also act as a meat replacement as well.

SNAP TO IT!


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SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.  The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. FNS also works with State partners and the retail community to improve program administration and ensure program the integrity. For more information click on this link.

Yummy Bean Salad!

forkkinfe_baryummybeansalad(Serves about 4)

This is a quick and delicious bean salad. It’s high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. You can eat this salad as a meal or serve as a side dish with grilled salmon, grilled chicken or tofu. Toss in some heart healthy avocados for a boost in flavor and nutrition. Enjoy!

1 can drained and rinsed kidney beans
1 can drained and rinsed garbanzo beans
1 can drained and rinsed black beans
1 peeled and diced cucumber
Diced red onions (as much as you like)
½ peeled and diced avocado
Diced cherry tomatoes
Diced fresh apple
1 grilled corn (remove corn off the cob add to salad)
Parsley, cilantro or mint leaves (as much as you like)
Toss all the ingredients in a bowl (except avocado add when serving)

Dressing

Good quality olive oil
1 lemon or lime juice and zest
¼ teaspoon cumin powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix dressing with a whisk and pour over salad

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