Friday, August 27, 2010

Healthy Eating: Spicy stir-fried eggplant

By Mila DeChant 

The greatest wealth we can achieve is our health. If we lose our health, we are not at our peak. Good wholesome food nourishes our whole body.  Most people often struggle with cooking a scrumptious meal at home. Busy lives often take precedence over what we put in our bodies. Most people tend to grab what is easily available that is convenient. Ready made food, TV dinners or fast food. Sometimes we fail to read what contains in our food. Chemicals, artificial flavorings, refined sugars, refined flour are some of the many ingredients that do not belong in our diet.

You are indeed what you eat. No magic pill is going to melt pounds off your body if you are over weight. It always starts with the abundance of natural, unmodified, chemical free vegetation that the mother earth provides us with.

Cooking at home does not require you to be a contestant in from “Top Chef” or does it require you to be enrolled in a culinary school. Food has always been cooked with love at home for thousands of years. It has been a worldwide phenomenon. Cooking a homemade meal does not only bring a family closer but it educates one how to eat mindfully. As once a really diabolic landlord of mine lashed out on me for cooking every day. To him, I say, “Cultivate mindfulness in what you eat!” and yes, half of the world does cook everyday.

Let’s take a step to a better lifestyle via our food. Here is a simple delicious recipe for you to try.

 Spicy stir-fried eggplant

- 2 shallots ~ Finely diced
- 2 cloves of garlic ~ Finely diced
- 2 baby eggplants ~ Diced
- 2 tablespoons of chilli flakes
- 4 tablespoons of olive oil
- Sea salt to taste

Method ~

Sautee the diced shallots and the diced garlic till they are softened. Once the garlic turns slightly golden colour, add in the chilli flakes. Let it cook for 3 to 5 minutes under medium flame. Add in the diced eggplants. Give it a good stir and cover with a lid for 2 minutes. Add sea salt and give it a quick toss. Turn off the stove once the eggplants become soft. It is ready to be served with warm brown rice.
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