Eggplant... mmmm one of my favorite foods! Most people are turned off by this vibrantly purple vegetable (in the cooking world but a fruit in the world of botany). Eggplants are currently "in season" from August through October, making them a great buy at the store or at farmer's markets. Remember to always buy in season produce, as The Savings Momma says, to keep it affordable!
Eggplant has some pretty amazing health benefits too! It is considered a brain food because it protects lipids in your brain, keeping nutrients in and waste out. They are also rich in phenolic antioxidant compounds which are great for digestion. Eggplant is also great for your heart, reducing cholesterol and excess iron which decreases risks for heart disease and cancer. Because of the bitter taste, many people stray away from it, however the vitamins and nutritional benefits are clear and this is a food you want to incorporate into your diet and your child's diet.
If you ask around, most people only have had eggplant as part of an egglant parmesan pasta dish coated in tomato sauce. Recently I took the idea and put a slightly new spin on eggplant parmesan to make it more toddler friendly!
Check out the video at the end to see my toddler's reaction to his favorite tasty new treat!
You will need the following:
1 Eggplant, olive oil, 2 eggs, flour, and 2 cups crushed up veggie sticks, parmesan, and gloves to keep the mess to a minimum. Preheat your oven to 400 degress.
1.) Lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil.
2.) Prepare 3 containers
a.) Approx 1 to 1 1/2 cups of flour
b.) 2 whisked eggs
c.) 2 cups crushed up veggie sticks (instead of bread crumbs) combined with 1 cup of parmesan.
The result... a crispy yet still soft on the inside healthy treat! Feel free to add sauce or something of your own choosing as a dipping side, although these went so fast in our house, I barely got to eat even 1 before my toddler devoured them all!
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