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What is the Best Way to Eat Eggplant?

Friday, July 20, 2012

I am in need of advice. Having added eggplant to my garden this year, I now am in need of tasty recipes for this veggie. I am aware that SP has a recipe site, but I want to be sure that someone REALLY adores their recipe before I waste time, energy, and eggplant on the mission! I have two eggplants that are almost ready to pick, and I would like any suggestions for ways to prepare them. I have tried eggplant lasagna, which was pretty decent, but I need another recipe or two. Also, do you peel the dark outer layer or not? Any advice would be appreciated!


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ILIKETOZUMBA 7/22/2012 10:32PM

    I never bother peeling, although the peel is a bit tough to cut compared to the flesh, so eating can be kind of messy. But it tastes good! Love eggplant parm, or using slices as a faux pizza crust that you put your toppings on and bake.

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ROOSTER72 7/22/2012 7:19PM

    I love ratatouille - eggplant, red & yellow capsicum (pepper), garlic and herbs. So fresh and healthy. A great lunch with a slice of toast and maybe a little crumbled cheese on top!
A spark member put me on to - which enables you to enter an ingredient, and it gives you some links to recipes. I have seen a great looking recipe for roasted eggplant and red pepper dip there. It looks so easy, but very tasty.

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LESLIESENIOR 7/22/2012 12:29PM

    Great eggplant discussion!!! I like it grilled with a little olive oil and sea salt (and any other seasonings I'm in the mood for). I like eggplant Parmesan. I don't make it often because my husband is not a fan.
I had never thought of puree. Great idea. Think I'll try it.

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KANOE10 7/22/2012 9:30AM

    Meatless Monday has an excellent curried eggplant recipe with yogurt cilantro sauce. I also make chinese stirfy eggplant.

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MOOKBALL 7/21/2012 12:51AM

    For me, the best way to eat eggplant is with a knife and a fork.


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UMUCGRAD 7/20/2012 7:23PM

    I love eggplant parmesan! But, do peel the outer layer AND be sure to "sweat" the eggplant for you use it. A lot of recipes omit this step, but it's important. Otherwise, you end up with a watery gooey mess. Just in case you don't know that sweating the eggplant is, you slice it, leave on a paper towels for a while and let the towels absorb the moisture.

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YELLOWDAHLIA 7/20/2012 3:47PM

    My absolute favorite way to eat eggplant is baba ganoush. I like to spread it in a whole wheat pita with tomato slices. Or I buy Ezekial tortillas and dip them in it for a dip.
If you've never had it go to Whole Foods (and possibly Trader Joes) and buy a small container of it to try.

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JENNY888 7/20/2012 1:21PM

    Try Eggplant Parmesan. I always make it baked not friend which you can do with the lasagna also. I peel the eggplant and slice it in 1/2 inch slices. I think salt on both sides to draw out the moisture. Let sit with the salt on for at least a half hour. I put the eggplant on a wire mesh to let the moisture fall. A strainer would do also. After sitting I rinse with water to get the salt off and pat dry with a dish towel.

Whip up an egg (or two if you have a lot of eggplant) to dip the slices in and then dip them in either Panko (my favorite) or bread crumbs with some Parmesan cheese. Put the breaded slices on the mesh cooling rack and bake in the oven at 350 for about a half hour or until they are crispy.

You can google for No Fry Eggplant Parmesan for the rest of the recipe or find the one I used at

It is really delicious. My husband want me to make it often. My eggplants in my garden are prolific this year and I have all I want.

I also like to peel it and slice it in spears, put a little seasoning salt on it, and grill it or BBQ it.

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SONYALATRECE 7/20/2012 12:37PM

    Always peel the bitter outer layer (peel)!
I have have it fried (unhealthy of course) and as a lasagna as well.
Well-seasoned with olive oil & herbs and spicy Mrs. Dash is really good too.
Certainly depends on your tastebuds...

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BARBARASDIET 7/20/2012 12:33PM

    This is so completely up to your taste. What one person loves might be horrible to you.

I like eggplant lasagna. Another one is to roast the eggplant (peeled, the peel can be bitter) along with onions, tomatoes, garlic and then make a coarse puree and use it as a spread--great with homemade pita chips.

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I AM a Prisoner in My Own Home!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Don't get me wrong... I don't want to complain. However, I will do just that. I have been unable to go to work for the past month because my husband has been ill. I am tired of being homebound. Even though I love my husband and I do not mind helping him, this staying at home all day has caused me to feel like a prisoner in my own home! I don't feel inspired to exercise AND all I want to do is EAT. Please pray that his health will improve, and I can get out more!

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TELLITFORWARD 1/26/2012 11:30PM

  I often feel like a prisoner, because I must always wait for someone who can drive, as I cannot. But, I'll pray for your situation, which is much more frustrating.

Can you get out in the sun for a few minutes, or have you had any? :) God bless.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/26/2012 8:27PM

    How well I understand emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 1/26/2012 8:12PM

    I understand, it is hard to be taking care of someone else 24/7. I helped do that for my grandfather who had dementia before he died, then my grandma after he died before she went into a nursing home. I also took care of my mom when she had surgery on her hand and couldn't do anything for herself. I will be praying for you both thru this.

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If You Are in Your Late 40's or Early 50's and You Think You are Going Crazy... Read This!

Friday, July 08, 2011

I knew that menopause caused grumpiness, but I was unaware of some other little factors which have cost me much needless worry and money this past year.

I was teaching a class of eighth-graders this past Spring when I felt my chest pounding, and I felt sickly weird. My first thought was that I was having a heart attack, and was going to pass out. I imaginied it would be like a scene from Gulliver's Travels where the Lilliputians (in this case, the class of 8th graders) left me on the floor and proceeded to go wild! I would not be found until the janitor came by in the afternoon to sweep my classroom.

After barely surviving that class, I literally ran to see the school nurse. She took my blood pressure, and found it ot be 170 over 103. Okay, high blood pressure... not a heart attack. From there, I went to the ER (my over-protective husband forced me to go). After noting an irregular heart beat, they sent me to a cardiologist. After an EKG and a stress test, he put me on blood pressure meds, but said my heart looked fine. The mystery continued.

I was having memory issues, and still wondering what was happening to make me fall apart all at once, when a friend suggested it was a hormone deficiency. After going to the gynocologist, he agreed it WAS a lack of estrogen causing everything from the high blood pressure... to the forgetrfulness... to the lack of energy... to the inability to lose the feeling like I was going crazy! Who'd have thought that hormones would be SO powerful?

After a couple of months on hormones, I can now remember better, feel better, and... I can NOW lose weight again!

Don't end up paying needless amounts of money like I did! If you are in your 40's-50's, keep a check on your hormones! This is YOUR wake-up call!

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  This is also the time when thyroid can go crazy as well. Many women have hypothyroid and don't know it. It can also jack with blood pressure and make you not lose weight. That was my problem, along with needing to go gluten free. Finally! I'm on the right track!

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SHOOTIN4STARS 7/8/2011 3:53PM

    Wow! Thanks for this enlightening information. I am 46, and I have yet to note any symptons of menopause, but I know they're coming one day soon. Hot flashes and forgetfulness here I come!

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CJBAGGINS 7/8/2011 3:47PM

    I'm suspecting the same thing for me - except I'm in my early 40s


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    I had a hysterectomy and kept my ovaries but right after it I really thought I was going crazy. One year later weight is somewhat stabilized but I am definitely heavier than before the fibroids started.Hormones are still abit wacky but I know it is monthly and take prometrium nightly.
Things are a little better thank god

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SUGARPUNK52 7/8/2011 11:55AM

  Thanks for the information and for sharing it with us.

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TOASTIE 7/8/2011 11:07AM

    If you ever get a chance, grab some girlfriends and go see the play "Menopause, the Musical". Hilarious and let's us see that we are not the only ones ......

I didn't know estrogen hormones could help so much. I've been blaming all my woes on my thyroid hormones....


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DEVORA4 7/8/2011 10:31AM

  emoticonit had been easy for me!

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Where WIll My INspiration Come From? (I think my typing must be Freudian, because I see the answer!)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Okay, here I am ALMOST back to "Square One." I had lost 40 pounds, and I was feeling great. Now, I have gained all but 10 pounds of it back. My ankles are beginning to scream! My back is starting to complain! I am feeling O-L-D and heavy again.

Four weeks ago, I paid $20 to join "The Biggest Loser" game that is being played by the faculty and staff at the school where I work. The rules include paying the initial money, and then paying one dollar for each pound or fraction of a pound that you gain. The "winners" (top 3) of this 11 week "game," will receive portions of the entrance fee money. Why can't I get inspired?

Fortunately, I have not had to pay any money for gaining weight, but I am growing dissatisfied with my apathy. Oh well, another week.... another weigh-in. WIll I have to pay this week.... or next week? Who cares?

I DO want to lose weight, but it is almost as if I am feeling that I need to lose it on my own terms.... NOT just to win a small sum of money..... NOT just to gain acceptance of people I encounter.....
I want to lose weight because I want to feel, look, and be healthier. My INspiration needs to come from INside me. I am important; I MUST take the time and energy to help ME. My INspiration needs to come from withIN.

Ahhhhh, I have needed this talk with myself.... for about four weeks!

Where does YOUR inspiration come from? Do you have PEP Talks with yourself?

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DEBC29063 10/31/2010 7:54AM

    For so many years..I lost weight for my husband, I lost weight for a wedding, class reunion or some other reason and of course, after the event, put it or most of it back on. I made a decision this past summer to lose the weight for me. Not for any other reason. It is coming off slow...and I have had my struggles...but for me, I decided to get a trainer, for me I decided to walk 20 miles a week and for me...I will lose this weight....I am doing it for me and I am the inspiration...So, do it for yourself because you are special and deserve this! Don't let anyone or any reason make you feel differently. Best of luck and hang in there...journal daily, write down everything you eat and I did notice the exercise made a big difference...but do it for you!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 10/30/2010 11:39AM

    I found The Spark Diet to be very helpful - it starts with an examination of Core Values and developing a Vision - most other programs seem to start with 'eating less' or 'buy our food' - but by actually working the Spark Program, I can see what a major shift in focus it provides!

I also find that exercising lifts my mood and seems to make everything else easier - maybe depression gets behind my lack of inspiration at times but if I keep moving, any depression that might be lurking doesn't have a chance!

Good luck and hang in there -


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Trying to Look to the Positive :o)

Friday, June 18, 2010

I am a teacher who has her summer off. I have plenty of time to exercise each day, but I find myself NOT doing it. Why is this happening? I mean, I can find time for Facebook and SparkPeople, but why is there no time to exercise? There IS time to exercise, but I am being bummed out by serveral factors:

The Negatives:
1. My husband was laid off from his job in January.
2. I did not get hired to teach summer school. I have taught summer school for the past three years, but the economic downturn caused fewer teachers to be hired.
3. I love to cook and eat.
4. My microwave died. :o( I had already given away an extra microwave that I had.
5. I tell myself that I haven't gained too much weight.
6. I tell myself there are people who look worse than me.
7. I went to my neice's college graduation (outside in the baking sun), and she totally ignored me. She nearly knocked me over to hug other family members after the graduation was over. In fact, she hugged everyone there but my husband and me. My feelings are hurt.
8. My daughter is moving back home to take some courses at a local college, even though she has already graduated from college. While I love my daughter, this will be more cooking, cleaning, etc.
9. My older son decided to quit college.
10. My younger son ended up making a less than honorable final grade in Honors Geometry.

The Positives:
1. My husband had a promising job interview today.
2. When I did not get hired for summer school, I was inspired to apply for an expanded capacity job within the school where I work. I DID get hired for this job, and I will now be a Mentor Teacher for my school!
3.I have a beautiful garden so I can cook healthy food that I know has no pesticides!
4.I have a grill, gas cooktop, and an oven that DO work.
5.I don't have as much weight to lose as I did before I started SparkPeople.
6.There will always be people in better shape, and people in worse shape than me. I need to focus on what's best for my health, and NOT dwell on whether there are others in worse shape.
7.My niece might have been caught up in the moment; she WAS rather excited. She might not have intentionally meant to offend my husband and me. Again, I cannot worry about other people's behavior... only my behavior. I will make a conscious effort NEVER to make anyone feel the way I felt on her graduation day.
8. My daughter has decided to fill in the gaps from her previous degree in Psychology to enable her to attempt to get into Medical School to become a doctor!
9. My son has joined the Navy where he will have a job AND he will continue his college degree while he is in the Navy!
10. My younger son did not fail any courses in his first year in high school. In fact, he took ALL honors courses, and made 4 A's and 4 high B's, in addition to the one low grade on Honors Geometry.
11. I feel God's guidance in my life. I am blessed with a wonderful husband and three great "kids."
12. I have found MORE positives than negatives... by just taking this moment to evaluate the pros and cons that are facing me. WOO HOO!

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KEL1H2K 6/18/2010 10:36PM

    The list is a great idea! When I got to the end of your "negative" list I was thinking "oh no"... then I read the positive list. Great things are truly going on in your life. Your ability to SEE them is also great!
Getting my excercise in is hard for me also. I keep telling myself not to give up. So, I am logging my food and working toward that excercise thing...10 minutes at a time can add up over the course of a day.
You can do it!
(and I am JEALOUS of your garden :)

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PLAYBLUES22 6/18/2010 7:18PM

    Good for you, need more positive instead of negative always emoticon

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