Blackbelt Gazette: Avocados and Eggplants Add To The Variety Of Foods

Optimum health can be achieved not only by the healthy foods we eat, but also by the variety of foods we incorporate into our diet. Among many of my favorites, foods that stump many people are the avocado and eggplant. 

Some recipes to try:

Avocado Tomato Basil Sandwich (yields 4)

1 avocado
1 large tomato, thinly sliced;
Olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
Basil dried or fresh
8 slices of bread.

Directions: After removing the pit of the avocado, thinly slice the avocado widthwise (10-12 slices) on each side half of the avocado then use a spoon to scoop out the flesh or scoop out the flesh of the avocado and mash in a bowl until almost creamy. On the slices of bread, apply olive oil. Then add avocado, salt, pepper, and basil to taste. Finally add a slice of tomato.

Eggplant bacon
1 Eggplant medium peeled, thinly sliced
½ Tbsp salt
1 ½ Tbsp Agave Nectar or Maple Syrup
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce or Braggs Liquid Aminos
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Chili Powder
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp cumin powder (opt)

Directions: In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients except the eggplant and whish until thoroughly mixed. Add the eggplant and allow it to marinate for at least 30 minutes. Dehydrate eggplant on 105 degrees until completely dry (12 hours or more)

Baigan Bhartha (Eggplant Curry)
Ingredients:
1 Eggplant medium
1 med tomatoes puree
1 small garlic clove pressed
1 green chili pepper minced
¼ inch piece of ginger minced
3 TBSP oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander powder
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp red chili
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp garam masala
2 tablespoon chopped cilantro to garnish

Directions: Coat eggplant with oil and broil in oven for 45-60 minutes; When eggplant is done it should be every easy to peel. Scoop out the flesh and chop finely. For sauce, heat oil in wok on medium heat. When oil is hot add garlic, chili pepper, and ginger and sauté for 30 seconds. Add tomato and cook for about 5 minutes or whenever the oil begins to separate and there is less liquid. Add all other spices except garam masala, it is always added toward the end. Cook for a few more minutes then add the eggplant. Mix well then stir in garam masala and cilantro. Serve with rice.

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