NUTRITION HIGHLIGHT : EGGPLANT
The nightshade family (also known as solanaceous) includes some of our more commonly eaten fruits and vegetables such as eggplants, tomatoes, capsicum and potatoes, which offer unique nutrition of their own.
A dense rich purple colour says a lot about the potency of antioxidants in the eggplant and in particular the skin of this nightshade. One particular antioxidant, nasunin, works its magic in two special ways, by protecting cell membranes from damage and helping maintain a careful balance of iron and transporting any excess out of the body. With that in mind I’ve a cracker of an eggplant dish for you for the week ahead.
Grilled eggplant, roast capsicum, hummus, pistachios and parsley.
Given not all recipes are instantaneously scrawled in the midst of pulling big meals for the family together a brief method for you below…
Halve the eggplant, drizzle with olive oil, place cut side down on lined tray in oven (200C) for about 25 minutes.
In separate tray place sliced capsicum, drizzle with oil and cook at the same time.
When cooked, spread some hummus in three swirls on a board, top with capsicum, most of the parsley, then eggplant, pistachios and remaining parsley.
Season with sea salt, pepper and chilli flakes if desired.