Monday, August 2, 2010

Healthy Recipe: Eggplant Snack Sticks

I have tried out a few new recipes in an attempt to actually get Jackson to eat vegetables. So far, it hasn't worked! But I've liked the new things that I have made.  Yesterday I tried these rutabaga french fries. Dipped in ketchup, I honestly couldn't tell that they weren't made with potatoes. But Jackson doesn't eat ketchup (the horror!) so he didn't like them. I will probably make them again later this week when he have turkey burgers.

Jackson didn't like these either, but I did! They're actually very good as an appetizer for other Italian foods.

Eggplant Snack Sticks 
adapted from Taste of Home's Fun Food magazine

(In the magazine they look more like french fries, but I cut mine differently, obv.)

1 medium eggplant 
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ (I used milled flax seed instead) 
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 
1 tsp Italian seasoning
3/4 cup egg substitute (I just used an egg) 
1 cup meatless spaghetti sauce, warmed (I added a little bit of Parmesan cheese to the sauce) 

  1. Cut the eggplant into strips (or cubes like mine, but make them relatively thin or you have to cook them longer) 
  2. Combine the wheat germ (or flax seed), cheese, garlic salt, and Italian seasoning in one bowl.  
  3. Dip eggplant in the egg then coat with wheat germ mixture.  
  4. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. 
  5. Spritz eggplant with cooking spray (I used EVOO- no additives like some cooking sprays have) 
  6. Broil for 3 minutes.
  7. Turn eggplant over and spritz again. 
  8. Broil for 2 minutes or until golden brown. 


21st Century Housewife© said...

These look really delicious - and the eggplant and olive oil make them healthy too! Great recipe!

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Domestic Nerd said...

This looks wonderful! I love eggplant!

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Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

I've been looking for a tempting way to serve eggplant - these look yummy!

Gem said...

I've recently become addicted to eggplant fries (eggplant in tempura batter), but these look just as tasty and a lot healthier =)

Alison said...

I hear you!!! I'm always trying "sneaky" ways to get my 2yr old to eat more veggies. AND to be honest I haven't found a way to make eggplant that I like. I'll definately have to try your recipe! ~Prairie Story of Alison Zulyniak

Hazel said...

Wow...this looks good. I've only had eggplant once and I must not have cooked it right. This looks yummy!

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