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Microwaving Eggplant

This is the easiest way to prepare eggplant and no oil is required, so you don't add unnecessary calories!

Select a shiny, firm eggplant. Cut off the stem end. Pierce the skin in several places with a sharp knife. Set the plate on a microwave-safe dish and cook it on high for 7-10 minutes, or until it collapses. (Time varies depending on the strength of your microwave).

Let it cool a little so you can handle it, then cut it into pieces or mash it up, depending on your recipe. It will be soft and delicious, ready to be added to salads, casseroles or soups. Here's my favorite:

Quinoa with Eggplant

You can use this method to shorten the cooking time in several of my recipes that call for eggplant, including:

Eggplant caviar
Eggplant Sauce
Gabe's Famous Eggplant-Bean-Tomato Casserole
New World Ratatouille
Spaghetti Squash Ratatouille

June 21st, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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