(Recipe) Tomato Stuffed Eggplant

Eggplant: It’s a fruit! It’s also known as aubergine, garden egg, guinea squash and melongene. It has a range of health benefits.

Eggplant contains phenolic compounds and calcium. They help to build strong bones, and in turn may reduce signs of osteoporosis. Eggplant provides fiber and antioxidants that can help boost cognitive function, improve the cardiovascular system and protect digestive health. This fruit is a great choice for your overall health and taste buds, and because it’s low in calories, fat and sugar, it can also help reduce the risk for obesity, diabetes and heart disease.


Recipe: Tomato Stuffed Eggplant

Yield: 4 servings


Ingredients

  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped.
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 large whole tomatoes, peeled and cut in small wedges
  • ¼ cup finely snipped chives
  • ½ cup plain bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon each dried crushed basil, oregano and thyme
  • 1 ½ cup tomato sauce, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly minced parsley
  • Salt or salt substitute, to taste
  • Pepper, freshly cracked, to taste
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    Directions

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

     

    1. Slice eggplants in half lengthwise. Remove pulp, leave ½” layer on the outer shell. Chop 1 cup pulp.
    2. In a skillet, sauté onion and garlic in ½ cup tomato sauce along with tomato wedges and chopped eggplant. Stir often, until all vegetables are soft.
    3. Mix in chives, breadcrumbs and all seasonings.
    4. Stuff shells and arrange in ovenproof dish.
    5. Pour remaining tomato juice into bottom of pan.
    6. Bake about 30 minutes, basting with juice to keep moist. Garnish with parsley.
    7. Enjoy!


    Nutrition Information Per Serving

  • Calories — 127
  • Fat — 0.3 g
  • Sodium — 126 mg
  • Protein — 4 g
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    Source: the Karen Yontz Women’s Cardiac Awareness Center

    Meet the Author

    Heidi Lumina, RD, CD, CNSC is a Clinical Dietitian located at Aurora Medical Center in Washington County.


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