Using Eggplant & Zucchini

Eggplant and Zucchini on their own are healthy, nutritious vegetables, inexpensive and versatile and can be used to prepare many mouth watering dishes, separately or together.

Eggplant and Zucchini make a lovely duo with their distinctive coloring of purple and green and to my knowledge, the best way to eat eggplant is by frying or grilling it; although zucchini can be eaten raw or in a salad. The number of dishes that can be made using Eggplant and zucchini are numerous. Eggplant is such a versatile vegetable that it can be cooked in many different ways. Whenever eggplant is in season, I make it a point to bring some home in order to make a very traditional recipe which all my family loves.

Zucchini is best when they are small unless you are planning to scoop and stuff it with a variety of fillings, after which it is baked or fried and cut into wheels. Otherwise, zucchini is generally boiled, grilled, baked or stuffed, but soft and squashy when cooked. Zucchini can also be used in many recipes,

There are so many ways in which you could use Eggplant & Zucchini in the same dish where it can be the main component of the dish or a part of it. Both vegetables are low in calories and fat and also not very costly. Vegetarians love them due to its inherent nutrition and low calorie levels

Eggplant when cooked in wedges becomes limp and soggy and that's the main reason why many cooks prefer to slice it thinly when using in their Eggplant and zucchini dishes. Another important fact to remember is that the Eggplant seeds tend to have a bitter taste and should be removed as much as possible before being cooked.

There are a variety of dishes that can be prepared using eggplant and zucchini and to name some of them are: a red pepper stew or a layered casserole using both eggplant and zucchini together with tomatoes and cheese or a grilled eggplant and zucchini dish which is even more healthier since it is not fried, and grilling also removes the excess water and also adds a unique smoky flavor to the dish. A few more delicious dishes using eggplant and zucchini are those made with spaghetti or eggplant and zucchini with lasagna, all favorites and easy to prepare. Eggplant and zucchini dishes can be made ahead of the desired time and drizzled with a dressing of lemon juice or sprinkled with cheese just before serving or garnished with wedges of tomato to create a burst of color at the dinner table.

The benefits of eating eggplant and zucchini are numerous. It has many vitamins and proteins, and helps in the digestion of food and acts against heart disease while zucchini is said to help cure asthma and other diseases such as scurvy and multiple sclerosis. Therefore, using both eggplant and zucchini in a dish can not only provide you with a delicious meal, but also a nutritious one full of vitamins and minerals.

Whichever way you prepare the dish using Eggplant and Zucchini; it would definitely be a hit especially with those who love veggies and is sure to impress your dinner guests.

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