The eggplant is one of the few vegetables that offer such a vibrant color to your meals. The deep purple plant also adds a punch of texture and nutrition to your diet. But aside from the old standby Eggplant Parmesan, few people know what to do with it. Few realize that it is sturdy enough to stand up to the fire of a barbecue grill, can withstand the heat of roasting, and can be pureed into a smooth dip as an appetizer. There are quite a few eggplant recipes that can turn mealtimes into something exciting and still be a healthy option for everyone.

Stuffed Eggplant Recipe Ideas:

The Thai love stuffing the eggplant with chopped pork or shrimp and seasoning it well with lemongrass and green curry. Simply cut the eggplant in half lengthwise and score the sides. Brush with olive oil and bake with the cut side down in the oven for 15 minutes. Turn the eggplant halves over and bake for another 15 minutes.

While the eggplant is baking, heat olive oil over medium heat, add in ginger, garlic, jalapenos, and lemongrass and saute for 2 minutes. Add in the scallions and cilantro and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in chopped pork, shrimp, rice, and curry paste, fish sauce, brown sugar, the zest of lime and a beaten egg. Put about 1 cup of stuffing into each eggplant half and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Top with a sauce made from shallots, garlic and ginger, curry paste, and coconut milk.

Grilled Eggplant Recipe Ideas:

Other eggplant recipes are grilled. It gives the vegetable a smoky flavor that can be served with garlic bread. Simply slice the eggplant into 1/2 inch thick slices and sprinkle with salt. Take whole eggplant slices and brush them with a mixture of olive oil, garlic, and butter. Pierce them before placing them on the grill. Let cook for about 20 minutes until they begin to char on all sides. Remove from grill to a cooler pan and continue to cook slowly until nice and tender. Grill the slices until tender. Scoop the flesh of the large eggplants into a food processor and season with salt, garlic, cloves, olive oil, tahini, lemon juice and pepper and process until smooth. Serve it up with goat cheese and parsley.

Stovetop Eggplant Recipe Ideas:

You can also make a tasty eggplant ragout to serve over your favorite pasta, cut thin slices and stuff them with your favorite cheeses, or you can make eggplant pizza with feta cheese. If you're a vegetarian, eggplant sandwiches, grilled ratatouille boats, or a rich Greek Moussaka can bring life to any table.

Eggplant Nutrition:

There are many good reasons to find more eggplant recipes to add to your menus. Not only are they rich in iron, calcium, and other minerals but they also contain essential phytonutrients known to improve blood circulation and fuel the brain. It's important to know that much of the nutrients found in eggplant are in the skin so make sure that you don't throw that away. This way your new power food will be much more than delicious it will also be a healthier option for you all the way around.