Eggplant casserole

Eggplant casserole: Tasty vegan recipe with 8 health benefits

When you go shopping, add some eggplant, melongene or baigan to your cart to make this tasty eggplant casserole for lunch. This purple plump fruit that is sometimes referred to as a vegetable is ideal for vegans and persons looking to maintain a healthy diet.

8 Health benefits of eggplant casserole

Eggplant is rich in fibre, it is packed with nutrients, and high in antioxidants. These fight many ailments. The fruit holds several health benefits that should make you want to consume it as much as possible. Here are 8 health benefits of making the delicious eggplant casserole.

1. Prevents heart disease

2. Controls blood sugar

3. Helps control blood cholesterol

4. Assists in weight loss

5. Fights cancer

6. Improves cognitive function

7. Helps eye health

8. Relieves constipation

Eggplant casserole recipe

Ingredients

3 or 4 medium sized eggplant/melongene/baigan

4 small tomatoes

1 bell/sweet pepper

1 large carrot

1 large onion

4 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons combined green seasonings (chadon beni, thyme, oregano, parsley)

1 pound cheese

1 cup water

½ teaspoon butter, margarine or oil

½ teaspoon salt

Blender (for pureed vegetables option)

2 small or 1 large Pyrex dish

Parchment paper or brown bag

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Directions

Prepare and set aside

Wash eggplant/melongene/baigan and turn them horizontally.

Slice thinly into small circles.

The vegetables in the eggplant casserole can either be chunky or pureed.

For chunky option, dice the tomatoes, bell/sweet pepper, carrot, onion, garlic, seasonings and sprinkle with salt.

For pureed option, chop into small parts the tomatoes, bell/sweet pepper, carrot, onion, garlic and seasonings, pour water into blender, add vegetables and salt, and puree.

Grate cheese.

Use paper (parchment or brown bag) and butter, margarine or oil to grease inside of dish.

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Steps for layers of eggplant casserole

Here are the steps to make a balanced eggplant casserole. You may add more or less ingredients in each step since it does not affect the taste or presentation of your eggplant casserole. If you prefer a cheesier casserole, add more cheese to your delight.

Step 1

Sprinkle 4 tablespoons of cheese in dish to make crust at bottom of casserole.

Spread 2 tablespoons of vegetables in dish (chunky or pureed).

Add slices of eggplant/melongene/baigan to cover vegetables.

Step 2

Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of cheese on top slices of eggplant/melongene/baigan.

Spread 2 tablespoons of vegetables over cheese (chunky or pureed).

Add slices of eggplant/melongene/baigan to cover cheese.

Repeat this step until there are no more vegetables and slices of eggplant/melongene/baigan. Make sure you have enough cheese remaining to cover the top of the casserole.

Step 3

Cover the top of the eggplant casserole with cheese.

Bake in oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes.

Let cool before serving. Enjoy.

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Conclusion

Eggplant, melongene or baigan is a versatile food that you must include in your diet for its numerous health benefits. Making this eggplant casserole will assist you in losing weight, controlling your blood sugar and cholesterol levels, lowering your risk of heart disease, improving your cognitive function, fighting cancer and supporting your eye health. This recipe would surely help you to improve or stick to your diet plan.

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