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Eggplant is a member of the nightshade family as are tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and sweet potatoes. As such, eggplant is technically a fruit. As with tomatoes and other of nightshade veggies there are a number of varieties of eggplant. You'll find a wide assortment in your market these days. While it is known as eggplant in much of the western world in the U.K. this lovely ingredient is called by the much sexier aubergine (sounds like a heroine in a racy romance novel).
The large dark purple pear shaped eggplant is the most common. I love the hefty feel of a large fresh eggplant, but the larger they are the less flavorful they will be and the tougher the skin. I generally look for fruit that is no more than about 1 lb (about 8 inches long and 4 inches in diameter). Eggplant »
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This was inspired by a dish that I had in an Italian restaurant. Truthfully, that one was not so good. It was too heavy on the cheese and not enough eggplant as you might expect. This version balances the three main ingredients – cheese, eggplant and tomato sauce – and paired with a slice of bread to sop up all of the sauce, makes for a delicious and filling meal.
You should make your own tomato sauce using one of these recipes: Tomato Sauce from Fresh Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce from Canned Tomatoes, or Low Acid Tomato Sauce. It takes about 10 minutes to chop the onions and garlic and get the sauce started simmering.
If you're in a hurry and want to use a canned sauce, Eden Organic Spaghetti Sauce is a good choice.
The practical, daily guide to following a Mediterranean Diet at home. Recipes include Taco Salad, Red Beans and Rice, and Fettuccine Alfredo: familiar foods that your family will love and are great for you. Find out how these and other family favorites can help you be healthier! (And yes, you'll lose weight too!)