Healthy eggplant recipes for a quick weeknight dinner.
If you lived in Italy before the 15th century, chances are you wouldn’t have been eating eggplant. Legend has it that the Italians feared eating eggplant would make them crazy, hence their name for it: melanzana, or “mad apples.” Today we see eggplant in a different light. This plump and glossy member of the potato family (which also includes bell peppers, tomatoes and tomatillos) has plenty of merits worth mentioning. One cup of cooked eggplant has a mere 35 calories and contains soluble fiber, the kind that may help lower blood cholesterol levels. The deep purple skin contains anthocyanins and proanthocyanins, antioxidants that may play a role in heart health and improve brain function.