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Eggplant –Can It Be A Kid’s Veggie Choice?

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Tonight like most nights –I wanted something quick, easy and healthy. There were left-over turkey meatballs from the previous night and an entire baked eggplant untouched. While cooking the meatballs I had put a large eggplant in the oven along with a sweet potato. If I’m going to heat up the oven I try to put more than one dish in there. In addition to conserving energy it’s a time saver for the next meal. I poked a few fork holes in the eggplant, poured a little olive oil in the holes, wrapped it in tinfoil and placed on a pan in the oven.

So tonight, I took one look at the eggplant and thought, is tonight the night my daughter will give eggplant a try again?  I thought I’d be in for the “mommy I tried it”… and as I look down on the barely touched spoon – I wonder if she really ate enough to taste it. An honestly whole baked eggplant doesn’t look all that appetizing. So I said to her, “I think I’ll make Baba Ghanoush?”  She responded, what’s that? I said, it’s Penny’s favorite super fast food. My daughter loves to play Super Crew, so often this is how I encourage her to try new foods.

She watched me dump everything but the stem into the Cuisinart.  I added 2 small cloves of garlic, some oil (maybe about an 1/8 cup) and 3 heaping table spoons of tahini butter (sesame butter). I didn’t add lemon, cumin or anything else. She assisted by pressing the on button of the Cuisinart and commenting on how great it smelled.  I served the dip with salted baked blue corn chips and it was delicious. We both had seconds. It was a great meal, packed with the health benefits of purple foods.

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3 Responses to “ Eggplant –Can It Be A Kid’s Veggie Choice? ”

  1. Sara Lucero on February 25th, 2010 11:31 am

    Fun idea for eggplant. I’m starting to use it more, venture out a little bit, but I’m still learning and looking for ideas so this was perfect.

  2. Priscilla McCrea on February 25th, 2010 2:26 pm

    What a great idea! I am myself not a big fan of eggplant…it takes a lot for me to enjoy eggplants. Tried it, and boy it was good 🙂 Thank you…

  3. Ann Haydu on February 28th, 2010 10:08 am

    Perfect example of how something strange starts to become acceptable once it is your own idea, you help create and it smells good! My daughter loves the ground lamb eggplant stew I make due to the infusion of mega garlic. yum!

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