Hi, it is Monday and I am thinking about the week ahead. I love to make a meal plan so I know what we are going to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sometimes I get a little excited and add some complicated dishes to my week and when the day comes, I wish I opted for something less adventurous. This soy-glazed eggplant and zucchini dish is exactly that – simple and delicious!
Eggplant Health Benefits
I love eggplant for its unique taste and texture. It is a great substitute for meat if you are vegan or vegetarian. Eggplants are very nutrient-dense food. They contain a good amount of vitamins, minerals and fibre in only a few calories. It is incredible, but one cup of eggplant contains only 20 calories!!
Eggplants are also high in the antioxidant – anthocyanin that is believed to reduce cellular damage. Because of their high fiber content, eggplants are excellent in reducing blood sugar levels and promoting weight loss (assuming you are trying to lose some weight of course). The list of eggplant’s health benefits goes on and on. The bottom line is, eggplants are really good for you and are incredibly delicious.
What about the health benefits of zucchini?
Did you know that zucchini or courgette, comes from the same family as melon and cucumber and so it is technically a fruit and not a vegetable? Zucchinis are packed with vitamins and nutrients and are especially rich in Vitamin A which supports our vision and immune system. By eating just one cup of zucchini you will get 40% of the required daily intake of Vitamin A. Quite incredible!!
Like eggplant, zucchinis are high in antioxidants and offer protection against some types of cancer. It also helps to stabilise your blood sugar level and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Zucchinis are rich in water and fiber and meals that contain zucchini will leave you with a feeling of satiety for longer.
Last but not least, zucchinis are rich in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, as well as vitamin K and magnesium, which support the strength of our bones.
As you can see, today’s soy-glazed eggplant and zucchini dish is basically a super-food and I can’t wait to share it with you.