Foods to eat to stay healthy and learn betterWe all know that veggies are important for us to eat on a daily basis.  But the trick seems getting our children to eat them when they are on their dinner plates.  I am a firm believer that CHEESE makes everything taste better!  And so I created this quick recipe that incorporates eggplant, tomato, shallots and garlic along with some herbs….which are all good for us!

Eggplant is packed with vitamins and minerals, but its  health benefits extend beyond just adding vital nutrients to a meal.  It can also  help to prevent cancer and lowering cholesterol.   It has cholorogenic acid and nasumin which are great antioxidants.

Eggplant also has a lot of dietary fiber,  which can help protect against colon cancer and keeps the digestive system  regular. The vitamins in eggplant consist primarily of vitamin A (in the form of  beta-carotene), B vitamins, folate and vitamin C along with the minerals potassium, magnesium, calcium and  phosphorous. With no fat, six carbs and 27 calories in a 1-cup serving, eggplant  makes an excellent addition to any diet.

RECIPE:

Wash and slice eggplant in halves.  Put on baking sheet and pour a little olive oil over them along with some salt and pepper.  Roast in a pre-heated oven @ 425 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a saute pan, heat olive oil and then add chopped shallots and garlic along with salt and pepper.  After they are browned, you can add chopped tomatoes along with a liquid such as chicken broth, vegie broth, white wine or vermouth along with a pinch of Herbs de Provence.  Let that cook down until somewhat dry.

When the eggplant is soft, you can add mozzarella cheese (I just used a string cheese that I tore in half) while in the oven so that it melts.  After it is melted, transfer to a plate and spoon the tomato sauce over it and then you can sprinkle some fresh basil on it.

Not only does it look great, it tastes great!  Bon Appetit!