It may seem complicated, but this appetizer is easy to make and you can save on calories using low-fat cheese. You’ll need: 1 eggplant, 2 egg whites, breadcrumbs, grated cheese, salt, pepper and thyme (or basil).
For me, this dish has two main advantages: it’s easy and you can make a huge pot and refrigerate it for a week. You can also add more veggies – for instance, you can replace the potatoes (or one of the potato layers) with eggplants. For the basic version, you’ll need: 400 gr minced meat (I use a mixture of pork and beef, but if you want the healthy option, go for chicken or turkey), 6 large potatoes, 1 onion, 4 garlic cloves, 3-4 tomatoes and 1 small can of tomato sauce, 2 carrots (grated), cooking wine, oil, salt, pepper, basil, parsley (plus any other spices you like with your meat).
Italians call this a specific southern Italian dish. Of course, in other parts of the world, it is thought to be specific to other places, like in the Balkans. Wherever you have eggplants, you’re bound to have a variation of this food considered ‘traditional’. While it’s not that easy to prepare, you can keep it in the fridge (or in a den, in a sealed jar) for a long time. It also helps with your daily veggie portion, and it goes wonderfully with crackers, biscuits, or just bread.
You’ll need: 2 eggplants, 2 bell pepper (red, yellow or orange), 4-5 roma tomatoes, 1 onion, 4-5 garlic cloves, 2 celery sticks, salt, pepper, oil. Optional: 1-2 carrots.
This eggplant salad might seem a bit hard to make at first, because you’ll need to roast the eggplants. Roasting them can be messy, as a friend remarked recently: eggplants may burst in your oven or on the BBQ. To avoid that, you can either cut them in 2 and bake them in the oven – or you can pierce them with a fork. You can roast in the oven, at 350 – 400F. I prefer to roast them in a pan (no water, no oil, just put them in a pan), on the stove – you’ll need to flip them regularly. Oh, and do make sure you watch the fire alarm, because roasting can sometimes be a bit smoky. (Here’s another post I found on roasting eggplants)
Ingredients: 2-3 eggplants, 1 onion, 1 yolk, lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper.