Eggplants are readily available at the moment and I absolutely love cooking with this “meaty” vegetable, whether the recipe is for a curry (this is my fave veggie one here) or baked and drizzled with garlicky yoghurt and pomegranate seeds (try the recipe here) or in a summery salad (here is a good one) or finally a good Egyptian baked eggplant here. This awesome little veggie takes really well to any flavour you throw at it.
This particular dish was designed with beautiful Italian flavours in mind (see my Italian adventure I took a few years back, here, here and here). Soft and squidgy fresh bocconcini balls finely sliced and a vine ripe tomato salsa made with some of the freshest ingredients scattered over eggplants and baked in the oven. This dish couldn’t get simpler. I love it by itself with a large green salad or have it as an addition to any meatier feast, perhaps with a roast chicken (see my fave sea salted roasted chicken recipe here) or will sit nicely with some of my sticky roast lamb.
The other reason why I love eggplants so much is the wonderful benefits they have too.
Benefits to the ingredients used:
Eggplants are a great source of folate (this helps treat low iron in the blood), fibre (digestion) and some magnesium which is great for sleep.
Tomatoes have a high levels of lycopene which is a carotenoid, this is a powerful antioxidant in tomatoes and is responsible for their red colour. lycopene is a wonder chemical which when absorbed into the body, helps to prevent and also repair damaged cells by inactivating free radicals in the body. The jelly like substance around the seeds in tomatoes contains salicyates, which have an anti-clotting effect on the blood. According to this wonderful book, it has thus been credited for reducing wrinkles. This could be due to the high levels of vitamin C a tomato contains.
Raw garlic is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral, it can help increase our immune function. It also contains selenium which is a trace mineral, this is great for healthy liver function (can act as detoxifier).
Onion is a great anti bacterial, anti fungal and is perfect to help boost your immunity.
Enjoy this number I certainly did.