I peel it, chunk it, and put it in a olive-oil sprayed roasting pan or casserole with onions, zucchini, mushrooms and bell peppers, which I also spray with a little olive oil and sprinkle with a little kosher salt, black pepper, and thyme (but you could use rosemary or basil or whatever you like). I bake that in a 450 deg. preheated oven, stirring maybe half-way through, until everything is roasted, usually about. Roasting veggies really intensifies their flavors, I think. I do the same thing with asparagus. Hope this helps...
I have a great recipe for Eggplant Dip:.
Take one eggplant, poke holes in it and put in the microwave. Nuke it until it becomes very soft and mushy. This can be between 10-20 minutes depending on your micro and the size of the eggplant. You can also do this step in the oven. About 375..
Let it cool. Scrape out the insides, chop and put in a bowl. Chop up some garlic, onion and red peppers. Mix with the eggplant. Add seasoning to taste. I like salt, pepper, oregano, thyme.
Yummy. You can serve with veggie dippers or spread on chicken or mix with pasta (shirataki). I think it is even better the next day...
One thought that comes to mind: peel it, slice it thinly and use it as the equivalent of lasagna noodles....
Spray a casserole dish with pam, line it with the sliced eggplant, then add a thin layer of browned ground turkey, diced onions & peppers. Then a thin layer of low fat cheese (see the Cheese Conversion Chart). Then another layer of eggplan..
Do a few layers that way..
Perhaps some crushed cheddar soy crisps on top for topping late in the cooking and spray them with pam so they can brown..
Hmmm. I'm going to have to do this up as a recipie!..
I made "Medifast Eggplant Parmesan".
I peeled and sliced the eggplant, then dipped it in egg white (counts as part of your protein) and then in crushed medifast garden vegetable crackers (counts as a snack). I cooked these in a non-stick skilled until they were browned on the outside. Then, I layered the cooked eggplant rounds in a small casserole dish with Walden Farms marina sauce and strips of grilled chicken (part of the rest of the protein). Topped it with a last dollop of the sauce (I think I used a 1/2 cup total) and a sprinkling of soy mozarella cheese (the rest of the protein). Have also made this adding cottage cheese instead of the chicken, and have added broccoli to this from time to time..
Just be sure and measure as you go, so the protein and calorie load works for your plan that day!.
Thank you so much for all the recipes. I will try them out...
Posted my Eggplant Parmesan recipe on my blog (with pictures!)..
I think it's yummy (eating it now!).