Summer Fest: Going Meatless With Eggplant by Priya Krishna in Summer Fest, August 29, 2012
I was vegetarian for about 16 years of my life. It was the lifestyle my parents were used to, so that was just the way they raised me. While I was vegetarian, I operated primarily on the Indian lentils-rice-vegetable diet. In other words, whatever my mother fed me was what I ate. Unfortunately, the one vegetable my mother hated was eggplant, so I went the majority of my childhood and young adult life unexposed to what I later realized was a truly fabulous vegetable. These babies are actually a vegetarian’s best friend. They are hearty, flavorful and actually filling on their own in a way that few other vegetables are. They are also currently in season. Take advantage of this tasty vegetable by trying it as a substitute for meat in some classic dishes – whether or not you are vegetarian, you won’t miss the meat with these healthy and flavorful recipes!
Love Chicken Parmesan? Make Eggplant Parmesan instead
This one may be the most obvious, but Robin’s version is lightened up and given a kick of chili pepper.
Craving a Ham and Cheese Tortilla? Try a Vegetable Tortilla instead
Eggplant, along with onions, tomatoes, zucchini and green bell pepper give this frittata loads of interesting texture and flavor.
Recipe: Vegetable Tortilla (above)