We all love bread, but sometimes it can be quite difficult to find a healthy brand. Multigrain bread doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the bakers used whole grain. Whole wheat bread, on the other hand, could cause some health problems to people who are suffering from inflammation and gluten sensitivity. Even the gluten-free options are problematic, because most manufacturers are often adding some harmful ingredients into the dough.
Therefore, it is not surprising at all that numerous bread alternatives can be found on the internet. One of the most famous is the eggplant toast. This amazing bread alternative is not only healthier than store-bought options, but it is also rich in many essential nutrients and low in calories.
The Health Benefits of Eggplant – the main ingredient in our recipe
Contrary to popular belief, eggplant is not a veggie. It is a fruit found in many varieties, out of which purple is the most common. The best thing about this amazing fruit are the high amounts of essential vitamins and minerals it has. It is rich in vitamin C, vitamins B3 and B6, vitamin K, potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and fiber.
Many studies conducted in recent years have shown that eggplant has strong healing properties, similarly to what ancient traditions have believed. The leaves and roots of eggplant can be juiced or boiled to create a powerful tonic for stomach problems and throat pain. In addition to this, it can also be used for the treatment of asthma, rheumatism, skin diseases, toothache, anorexia, and intestinal hemorrhages.
Scientists have also discovered the anthocyanin phytonutrients contained in the skin of the eggplants act as powerful antioxidant agent that can easily destroy free radicals in the body, thus helping to reduce the risk many types of cancer.
In addition to the eggplant toast, we will also present some amazing topping combinations.
- 1 medium-sized eggplant
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon za’atar
- 1 teaspoon sumac
- Salt and pepper to taste
- A pinch of dried or fresh mint (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Wash your eggplant well and cut it into round 1-inch slices.
- Next, toss the slices in olive oil and coat with the spices listed above
- Place the slices onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Roast for about 20-25 minutes (or until the eggplant becomes soft and slightly browned).
- You can either eat the eggplant toast by itself, or combine it with one of the following toppings.
Suggested Topping Combos:
- Breakfast Toast: hummus + fried egg + spinach
- Mediterranean Toast: hummus + pumpkin seeds + roasted red peppers
- Sweet Morning Toast: goat cheese + pomegranate seeds + blueberries
- Avocado Toast: tahini + sliced avocado + pecans
- Brunch Toast: goat cheese + sunflower seeds + sliced olives
- Pizza Toast: tomato sauce + oregano + goat cheese + mushrooms