Eggplant and Summer One of my favorite colors is purple. So, maybe that's why I was first curious about eggplant. The color is so beautiful and since we eat with our eyes, I hope eggplant will get your attention, too. When the sun gets really warm in July and August, there is a large supply of eggplant to buy at the grocery store or Farmer's Market. Or, pick it from your own vegetable garden if you are a grower yourself. Whatever, don't miss eggplant as a versatile and very Mediterranean vegetable that tastes great. Here's an eggplant recipe with an Italian twist and here's another eggplant … [Read more...] about A Healthy Eggplant Recipe called Yakne!
My Surprises this Week! Normally, I have a pretty good grasp on identifying summer vegetables. In fact, I love to learn about and try new varieties of local favorites like kale or leaf lettuce or tomatoes. But this week, I was surprised 3 times by summer vegetables. Elephant garlic caught me off-guard with its mild flavor and huge cloves; blue potatoes amazed me when the color didn't disappear in the pot; and Turkish orange eggplants (see photo to the left) totally fooled me at the Farmer's Market. Cooking with Summer Vegetables! It can be a little overwhelming to put 1 or 2 brand new … [Read more...] about Summer Vegetable Surprises & How to Cook Them!
Mediterranean Cooking is Full of Flavor & More! There's no doubt in my mind that Mediterranean style recipes are some of the best in the world. Best because they are not hard to make. Best because they are full of delicious flavors. Best because they are combinations of plant-based ingredients that support good nutrition and good health. Eggplant is a Vegetable of the Mediterranean Cuisine! There are many vegetables that are used when cooking Mediterranean style. Eggplant, for example, is a mild-tasting vegetable that can be made into a stew, a side dish or a main dish. Sometimes … [Read more...] about Mediterranean Cooking, Eggplant & A Tasty Recipe!
Cooking with Eggplant I've always thought eggplant has a kind of mystique surrounding it. Is it the deep purple color? Is it the name? Or, is it that many people are confused with how to cook eggplant? If you're confused, then it's time to get to the grocery store or local farm market, buy an eggplant and give it a try! To Peel or Not to Peel It's not hard to prepare and cook eggplant. First, rinse eggplant well with cool water. The next step is to peel or not to peel it and either way works. Next, cut eggplant into chunks or rounds and cook it. Some chefs give eggplant a striped look … [Read more...] about How to Cook Eggplant & Easy Eggplant Recipe
Summer Fruits & Veggies are Here! It is an awesome time of year to go shopping for local, seasonal fruits and veggies. You can find them at your local farm market, roadside stand or supermarket. Stock up now while the summer harvest is 'rolling in' and you'll be glad you did. What to Do with Summer's Bounty! Shopping for healthy summer produce is one thing and figuring out what to do with it once you get home is another. Buy too much? Lacking inspiration to get into the kitchen and cook? Confused how to use it all up? Here's some help. Summer Ideas for Your Healthy … [Read more...] about Summer’s Healthy Choices – Now What?