Growing up in an Italian family, eggplant “parm” was a staple in my house. While it was cheesy, fried and delicious, nowadays I’d rather cut back on some of the calories and fat and focus on the delicious fresh ingredients.
There aren’t many vegetables I don’t love, and it would be tough to narrow my favorites down to a top 10 list. If I had to, though, eggplants would definitely make the list. Friends often ask, “Are there ways to prepare them other than fried eggplant?” Yes, of course!
What dad doesn’t enjoy his grill and a great sandwich? Tomorrow, celebrate the fathers (and grandfathers) in your life with these cookout-friendly sandwiches – one for the meat eater, the other for the veggie eater and both a good alternative to a fatty hamburger or hot dog. Be sure to ask Dad what his favorite side is, or consider prepping a few of these salads.
Need a new lunch idea? This baked eggplant and cheese sandwich is a nice change and easy for toting. Packed with veggies like bell peppers and tomatoes, the sammy will give you enough vitamin C to cover your daily needs. With 350 calories per serving, it’s also works as a light, veg-friendly dinner served with baked sweet potato fries.
P.S. It’s also a perfect way to celebrate Meatless Monday.