Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Eggplant and Me

I've been trying to eat a bigger variety of healthy foods because as we all know that what we eat is important to staying healthy. I am a certified carnivore and I eat a good variety of vegetables but there have been certain ones that I had no desire to try, or did try, and never ate it again.

Eggplant was one of those vegetables , so I decided to brave it and buy an eggplant. I  started looking up different ways to cook it and in what style. The only time I ever liked eggplant was from a Thai restaurant when I lived in Washington, D.C. because when I tried it when I was younger, it was very bitter and turned me off from it ever becoming a part of my vegetable regimen.

So after reading all the ways to cook eggplant, I decided to try this recipe and share my experience with you.   I use a lot of spices and pretty much eyeball measurements using  my own judgement on how much to use.  If a recipe calls for something I don't have, I just find a substitute. I  use whatever's at hand.

As you can see in the photo , I chopped the eggplant and some garlic, onion, red and green pepper. I heated a pan with olive oil, and threw in the onion, peppers and eggplant. Then I added my spices, salt, pepper, turmeric, coriander ginger, pepper flakes, brown sugar, white vinegar. I also added some Tamari sauce,  and a little bit of chicken broth. I let that cook on a very low burner for about 10 minutes.  Lastly I added fresh basil.
I also had some boneless chicken thighs and prosciutto. I cut the chicken into bite size pieces and seasoned them with spices, then wrapped them with prosciutto, then I lightly fried them in a little olive oil.
These pictures are the end result.

Sauteed Eggplant and Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Thighs. 

It really was a delicious meal.  I like the softness of the eggplant, as the meat really does remind you of the feel of eating an egg. So in conclusion, I find that I like eggplant if it is cooked this way, with no bitterness. I'm definitely going to make this dish again.

Kula vizuri
AKA Sistah Girl

Side note: I was diagnosed with arthritis years ago and because I love to use natural healing. I started researching and learning about natural remedies for arthritis from different cultures and found turmeric, a wonderful healing spice. It's used in many countries and is known for it's beneficial properties.  For years, I have used it in my cooking and also as a tea and as a result, I don't suffer from joint pain anymore.

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