Grilled Eggplant makes a delicious, healthy side dish and you do not even need an outdoor grill. With just a few ingredients, this dish can be on your table in a matter of minutes.

Grilled EggplantPrep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 8 min
Ready In: 25 min

Servings: 4

1 small Eggplant (about 1 pound), not peeled
2 tsp Olive Oil
ΒΌ tsp Garlic Powder
1/8 tsp Salt (optional)
1 tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese

Cut eggplant into slices 3/4 inch thick. Brush both sides with olive oil. proceed with either method listed below.
STOVE TOP: Spray a large skillet or griddle with nonstick cooking spray. Place eggplant on the hot griddle and sprinkle with garlic powder and salt (optional). Cook about 4 minutes on each side or until tender. Remove from griddle and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving.
BARBECUE: Spray a piece of aluminum foil, large enough to hold the slices, with nonstick cooking spray and place on the barbecue grill. Start the barbecue. When hot, place eggplant slices on aluminum foil. Sprinkle with garlic powder and salt (optional). close the hood and cook the eggplant eight minutes, turning slices over halfway through cooking time. Remove from barbecue and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving. (Nonstick cooking spray is flammable. Do not spray near open flame or heated surfaces.)

Tips & Notes
In addition to featuring a host of vitamins and minerals, eggplant also contains important phytonutrients, many which have antioxidant activity. Phytonutrients contained in eggplant include phenolic compounds, such caffeic and chlorogenic acid, and flavonoids.
Research on eggplant has focused on an anthocyanin phytonutrient found in eggplant skin called nasunin. Nasunin is a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger that has been shown to protect cell membranes from damage.
In animal studies, nasunin has been found to protect the lipids (fats) in brain cell membranes. Cell membranes are almost entirely composed of lipids and are responsible for protecting the cell from free radicals, letting nutrients in and wastes out, and receiving instructions from messenger molecules that tell the cell which activities it should perform.

Nutritional Information Per Serving
Calories: 62
Total Fat: 3g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 30mg
Total Carbohydrates: 7g
Dietary Fiber: 0g
Sugars: 1g
Protein: 2g


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