Making your Eggplant Sexy and Sassy!

forkkinfe_barEggplant is one of those things that you either love or not.  The great thing is it can be made in such a way where it is awesome for everybody.  The key is FLAVOR!

Start with some baby eggplant.  They are less bitter and are so cute 🙂
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Give them a quick wash, and then cut off the tops, bottoms and cut in half.
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Now turn on the burners and place them on the burners for about 2 minutes or until somewhat soft.  Use a fork to get them off.  If it falls in between, just turn the burner off, get it and then turn it back on, so you don’t burn yourself.  Don’t be a daredevil 🙂
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Now when you take them off, the skin grilling on the fire flavor is infused inside of the eggplant.  The next thing to do is to peel off the skin.  Why?  Because it is somewhat burnt.  So, even though we want the flavor, we don’t want to eat burnt peel.  It is the same concept of roasting red peppers.  Yes, you actually hold the eggplant under cold running water and peel off the skin.  It is ok if there is some residue, just not a lot unless you like it:-)

From here there are several things you can do.  You can, for example, chop these into even smaller pieces and add it to a marinara sauce.  The roasted infused flavor will blend nicely with the olive oil, garlic, and fresh basil.

You can sautee them in garlic and olive oil.

You can dip it in a breading mixture and make a low carb lasagna without pasta letting the eggplant substitute it.

We just used a non-stick pan and did a “water fry” or “steam fry” with a “sexy menage a twa” of spices!

Spices are sea salt from Trader Joe’s, red pepper for hot sexy heat, Spike to keep things excited, and garlic power from Trader Joe’s to pull it all together!
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Water frying our flavor infused baby eggplant!
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Reducing the sauce with some water.  You can use water with fresh squeezed lemon or white organic wine would also be nice.  In Fact, anything would be nice.  If beer is your thing, it would also be a nice combination flavor.  Adding fresh herbs would be another great idea.  We kept it simple, but as you can see, the possibilities are endless:-)
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Our finished dish!  It looks beautiful and tastes amazing!  This is literally no calories and filled with plenty of nutrients!  It is low glycemic as well, so wonderful for diabetics or people with heart conditions.  It is also wonderful for healthy people as well.  It is a nice snack because it fills you up, satisfies your taste buds and does not at to your caloric intake.  Adding some fresh basil, oregano or parsley is also a great finish.  We kept it simple.

You can also serve this with basmati rice or add it to a gourmet pizza.  Like I said, the possibilities are endless when you find natural low calorie ways to extract and add and combine flavor to healthy food.  Since eggplant is also hearty, it can also act as a meat replacement as well.
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