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Healthy Eggplant Recipes and Cooking Tips for Eggplant

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Eggplant Parmesan Pizza

Eggplant Parm is spun into a pizza with grilled eggplant, marinara, fresh basil and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Beer pairing: Sweet and bitter elements on this pizza need a similarly balanced beer. A pale ale or amber ale fills the bill beautifully.

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Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

Our healthier eggplant Parmesan sandwich uses tender, smoky grilled eggplant instead of fried, so it has a fraction of the fat and calories. To make these sandwiches a cinch to prepare, make sure to have all your ingredients ready before you head out to the grill.

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Roasted Eggplant & Feta Dip

This roasted eggplant and feta dip gets a kick from a fresh chile pepper and cayenne pepper. There are countless variations on this classic meze (appetizer) in Greece. Out-of-season eggplant or eggplant that has been heavily watered often has an abundance of seeds, which make the vegetable bitter. Be sure to taste the dip before you serve it; if it's a touch bitter, you can remedy that with a little sugar. Serve with toasted pita crisps or as a sandwich spread.

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Turkish Lamb & Eggplant Kebabs

Here we combine baharat, a traditional Arabic spice blend, with olive oil, lemon, garlic and tomato paste to make it into a savory rub to flavor lamb-and-vegetable kebabs.

» Turkish Lamb & Eggplant Kebabs

Sicilian Caponata

This caponata is a vibrant mixture of fresh vegetables, including eggplant, onion, celery and tomatoes. Olives, capers, basil and pine nuts make it special. Serve it as a side with fish or as a spread on rustic bread. Prepare caponata the night before serving if you can; it always tastes better the next day.

» Sicilian Caponata

Pork & Shrimp Stuffed Eggplant

The Thai-inspired pork-and-shrimp filling for this stuffed eggplant recipe is generously seasoned with lemongrass and green curry.

» Pork & Shrimp Stuffed Eggplant

Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan doesn’t have to include layers of deep-fried eggplant and mountains of cheese. This healthy eggplant Parmesan recipe has just enough melty mozzarella between layers of breaded baked eggplant to be satisfying but not pile on the calories and fat. Don’t skip the step of salting the eggplant, especially if you want to freeze one of the casseroles. Salting helps to draw out extra moisture so the eggplant holds up better in the freezer. Serve with a salad of bitter greens tossed with a red-wine vinaigrette. This recipe makes enough for two 8-by-8-inch casseroles (four servings each)—have one for dinner tonight and freeze the other for a night when you don’t have time to make dinner.

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Enjoy these healthy eggplant recipes that taste good—and are good for you!

Eggplant's lovely purple skin adds a colorful punch to many healthy eggplant recipes. And its satisfying texture is very versatile—eggplant slices are sturdy enough to stand up to the fire of a grill to serve as the basis for a hearty vegetarian sandwich, and chunks of eggplant can be roasted and pureed into a silky, smooth dip. Perhaps we’re most familiar with it served up breaded and fried and covered in melted cheese—hardly healthful fare! However, if it's classic Eggplant Parmesan you're craving, we've got a healthy makeover recipe you've got to try! This collection of healthy eggplant recipes has both taste and health in mind.

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