1 aubergine (eggplant), sliced lengthways
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ tsp dried crushed chilli flakes
1 lemon, juice and zest
200g (7oz) plum tomatoes
1 ball of mozzarella
½ packet (about 15g) mint leaves
½ packet (about 15g) parsley
a few leaves of basil
1. Cut aubergine (eggplant) into thin slices lengthways. Brush each slice with olive oil and grill in a griddle pan for 2-3 minutes on each side until tender and charred. Place in a serving dish.
2. Add garlic to griddle pan with the chilli flakes. Heat for just a few seconds then add the lemon juice and swirl though the pan. Drizzle it over the aubergine slices.
3. Crush the plum tomatoes and scatter over. Tear up the mozzarella and add to the dish. Season well.
4. Finely chop the mint and parsley, add the lemon zest and scatter over the salad with a few torn basil leaves.
Carbohydrate 4.3g Protein 8.4g Fibre 2.7g Fat 16.4g
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Are full of vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre. Along with tomatoes, potatoes and bell peppers, the aubergine (solanum melongena) belongs to the nightshade plant family (Solanaceae). In fact, aubergines grow in a manner much like tomatoes, hanging from the vines of a plant that grows several feet in height. They have a deep purple, glossy skin encasing cream coloured, sponge-like flesh dotted with small, edible seeds. In addition to the classic purple variety, aubergines are available in other colours including lavender, jade green, orange and yellow and in a range of shapes and sizes. The most popular variety of aubergine looks like a large, pear-shaped egg, hence the American name ‘eggplant.’
Aubergines are high in fibre and low in fat and therefore recommended for those managing type 2 diabetes or managing weight concerns. Initial studies indicate that phenolic-enriched extracts of aubergine/eggplant may help in controlling glucose absorption, beneficial for managing type 2 diabetes and reducing associated high blood pressure (hypertension).
Aubergines may also help to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. These positive effects are likely to be down to nasunin and other phytochemicals in aubergines.
I just happen to have an aubergine, some tomatoes and mozzarella in the fridge!
All the best Jan