Eggplant Good or Bad

Eggplant is a high-fiber, low- calorie food that is rich in nutrients and comes with many potential health benefits. From reducing the risk of heart disease to helping with blood sugar control and weight loss, eggplants are a simple and delicious addition to any healthy diet.

Eggplants are part of the nightshade family. Nightshades contain alkaloids, including solanine, which can be toxic. Solanine protects these plants while they are still developing. Eating the leaves or tubers of these plants can lead to symptoms such as burning in the throat, nausea and vomiting, and heart arrhythmias.

But if you are able…. Here is a great recipe.

18 oz. Roma tomatoes or artichokes 8 oz. eggplant 1 onion garlic

2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil Salt and Pepper 1 cup short grain brown rice 1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk 1/4 cup slivered almonds Fresh Basil

Heat the oven to 425. Rinse, trim, and thinly slice tomatoes and eggplant Chop the onion Trim and peel 4 garlic cloves. Put vegetables in a small baking dish with 2 tbsp. oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper; toss to coat and spread into a single layer. Roast, stirring once or twice until the veggies are tender and browned in places, 30 to 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, put the rice in a medium saucepan with the almond milk, 1 cup water, a pinch of salt and bring to boil. Reduce heat until it bubbles steadily; cover and cook undisturbed until the rice is tender and liquid almost absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork, cover the pan and remove it from the heat.

When the veggies are done, remove the pan from the oven and turn on the broiler. Add the rice to the veggies and mash a little with a fork to make the mixture creamy; taste and adjust seasonings. Top the gratin with the almonds and broil , watching like a hawk until they begin to brown, 1 to 3 minutes.

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