Meal prep can be overwhelming. Aside from choosing what meals you want to cook, you also have to go to the grocery store equipped with a game plan and a shopping list so you don't end up spending hours wandering around the produce aisle. One of the best ways around this is to come up with a theme based on one ingredient that enhances or stars in many different dishes. On this week's shopping list? Eggplant.
Boasting a vibrant purple hue and a mild, versatile flavor, eggplants are one of the best vegetables to keep in your home to cook with throughout the week. Beyond those benefits, eggplant is also low in cholesterol and saturated fats, as well as being a good source of dietary fiber and magnesium. So if you're stuck in a dinner rut, consider the following healthy eggplant recipes your solution (they also happen to be easy and quick). Read on for the full recipe details below.
Market Veggies on Herbed Polenta
This dinner recipe from Half Baked Harvest is the perfect way to usher in the work week on a Monday evening. Full of nutritious veggies like zucchini, summer squash, asparagus, and eggplant atop a bed of creamy, pecorino polenta, it's both healthy, filling, and comforting.
Eggplant White Pizza
When it comes to vegan-friendly recipes that hit the spot and improve our Instagram feeds every time, we always turn to The First Mess. This white-eggplant pizza recipe is both filling and flavorful while also being light, thanks to the fresh mint leaves and peppery baby arugula. There's also a touch of harissa for a kick of spice that will keep your taste buds intrigued.
Honey Garlic Eggplant
Cook this Japanese eggplant recipe from I Am a Food Blog when you need a home-cooked meal to help you get over the midweek hump. Rich in flavor, these baked eggplant slices are marinated in honey and garlic. Sprinkled with black sesame seeds, scallions, and freshly ground pepper, and put the veggies over a whole grain of your choice.
Jamaican Jerk Grilled Eggplant
If you're a vegetarian or simply want to cut back on meat for a day, try this Jamaican jerk eggplant recipe from Minimalist Baker. It's grilled to perfection. Plus, it takes less than 30 minutes to cook up this spicy, smoky dish, making it the perfect dinner option on a busy weeknight. To be extra healthy, eat it with some cauliflower rice, or pair it with a bowl of brown rice.
Eggplant Meatballs With Kale Pesto
If you want to make an eggplant-centric dish because you love the taste but not the texture, then this eggplant meatball recipe from The First Mess is about to be your new favorite meal to cook at home. Though it's vegan-friendly, meat eaters will enjoy it just as much. The "meatball" is made out of a combination of Japanese eggplants, chickpeas, and lemon, so the flavor and texture are sublime. The kale pesto and za'atar make the perfect addition to this dish, but they'd also work well with pasta or some toasted bread, depending on how light or heavy you want it to be.
Harissa Eggplant Dip
Make this eggplant harissa dip to accompany your main course, or serve it up to guests if you're playing host for the evening. It requires under ten ingredients and takes under an hour to make. It's also a great snack to enjoy throughout the week in case you have leftovers. Enjoy this creamy, spicy goodness with some pita or raw veggies.
Which of these healthy eggplant recipes are you most looking forward to trying? Let us know in the comments below.