Eggplant recipes are really very easy and quick. They are deliciously simple. But I love them really because any food that tastes good, is healthy and can be prepared in a short time, is surely a winner!
I do have to admit though, eggplant is a bit of an acquired taste. I'm glad I've acquired it - because then I can eat cholesterol-rich foods like butter that I love, without guilt. Eggplant counteracts cholesterol-rich food so we eat them at least twice a week.
Aubergine is the name of the fruit borne on the Eggplant bush. It's chief virtue, other than the fact that it tastes so good, is its proven support for those with raised cholesterol. Exercise too helps, obviously. Exercise and cholesterol ...
One glass of red wine, fatty fish like salmon and mackerel, omega-3 in freshly ground flaxseed, fruit, salad... so much to be done for high cholesterol that doesn't have the nasty side effects of statins. Suffering from impotence?
This is altogether the most delicious way to eat brinjals , as the Indians call eggplant. It originated in the Subcontinent apparently. Eaten as the side dish for a healthy salad, you need not feel guilty about the relatively high fat content of fried aubergine.
For a variation, try this sweet and sour eggplant. Fry your brinjals as above. Then make up this sauce.
Pour your sauce over the hot fried eggplant slices and allow to cool. I particularly like them still slightly warm on a thickly buttered slice of our vegan seed bread.
You can also make an eggplant salad with fried white fish for a variation; then it's a whole meal. Coat your fish fillet with olive oil and sizzle in a hot pain for not more than ten minutes.
On a white plate to give nice contrast, place the fish and cover with the sweet and sour eggplant; sprinkle with finely chopped cilantro.
Your fried eggplant recipe is quite rich, but because of the special cholesterol binding properties of the aubergine, and the anti-cholesterol properties of olive oil, you needn't worry. Still, all fried food is quite high in calories, so it's best enjoyed with a salad sidedish.
Tauge, bean sprouts, add an extra dimension of health and taste to every salad. Make sure there is some tomato. Actually aubergine and tomatoes are first cousins. Did you know that a tomato a day will decrease by 50% the most common fatal cancer in men? TOMATO PROSTATE ...
RATATOUILLE / EGGPLANT GOULASH
This is the simplest of the healthy eggplant recipes. The ingredients are:
Lightly fry the onion in a heavy saucepan in a little olive oil. Throw in the rest of the ingredients, and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer for 45 mins on low heat. Delicious on a bed of brown rice (throw in a handful of lentils). LENTIL PROTEIN ...
Sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese or, at the last moment, throw in a cup of chopped Tofu Nutrition ....
* Paprika (Capsicum family)
Researchers in China, Military Medical Hospital found that:
Previous studies have suggested a role for plant compounds in lowering cardiovascular risks including hypertension (high blood pressure). In a new study, researchers found that long-term consumption of chili peppers reduced blood pressure in hypertensive rats. The substance capsaicin improves vaso-relaxation and helps prevent hypertension.
Peppers, whether the spicy, red-hot chili or the bell pepper are particularly rich in substances called phyto-chemicals. There are thousands of them, and researchers are now coming up with heaps of evidence about their anti-oxidant and cancer-preventing properties.
For example, you may have heard of lycopene, the photochemical in tomatoes that prevents prostate cancer. Beta-carotene is another well known phytochemical. It's the precursor to vitamin A and gives carrots their orange colour.
You may be wondering: Why eggplant recipes and all this talk about phytochemicals on a chiropractic website? Chiropractic is much more than having your spine well-adjusted. Whilst we spend our hours freeing up subluxations, we know that to keep our patients healthy and happy we have to emphasize healthy diet, the body in motion, the alert mind, and if you want to think about truly abundant living, then of course the spirit too.
Eggplant recipes are delicious and known for their cholesterol-lowering properties. Enjoy!
Greek cooking of course is not only about Aubergines/ eggplant, but also healthy delicious olives. Olives contain mainly monounsaturated oils, which have been shown to decrease bad LDL fats, and increase the good HDL fats. They also have a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient.
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OLIVE PATE ...
Know what that is? If you visit Stockholm, after supper you will see the Swedes out window shopping and strolling the city streets deep in conversation. They swear it helps the digestion, and they sleep better. For more about the benefits of walking, click here. WALKING BENEFITS ...
Another excellent eggplant recipe, this time a dip that you will have your family ooing and ahing and quite unable to guess what the ingredient is. Make it, literally, in ten minutes. Baba Ghanoush ...
You will need to buy sesame paste (tahini), or make your own tahini ...
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