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{Note from Jessica: Today’s post is shared by my sweet friend Renee, author of Raising Generation Nourished. We became friends several years ago and I am continually impressed with her desire to help change the world, starting with our newest generation. Real food has to be core of our health and should start in the womb. Considering this is the first time in history that our children are expected to die before us, something HAS to change. I’m honored to call her a friend. I hope you’ll stop by her site, Raising Generation Nourished, and say hello!}

Eggplant is sort of the forgotten summer veggie for some, getting lost among the mounds of tomatoes and zucchini, but there are so many fun things to make with eggplant! We can find eggplant at our local grocer year round, but it’s flavor (and price!) are best late summer into early fall. It’s flavor is fairly neutral, so when you cook it, the eggplant takes on whatever you are cooking it with!

Just as with most vegetables, roasting the eggplant softens and sweetens the flesh and it tastes so good rubbed with garlic and butter before you slide it in the oven! We tend to make it a quick side dish often during the summer, but if you take it a step further and puree it into a soup or dip it becomes super creamy and is so amazing.

23 Ways to Enjoy Eggplant This Summer!Eggplant is a great source of fiber, which we could all use to keep our digestive systems happy. Especially if you are on a grain free diet, having a load of fiber-full veggies in your meal plan will keep your digestion moving along. Eggplant is also filled with vitamins like B1, B6, and vitamin K, as well as minerals such as copper, manganese, and potassium. Rich in antioxidants, eggplant is a nutrient dense vegetable to keep around!

Here are some fun ways to use your eggplant this summer!

23 Ways to Enjoy Eggplant This Summer!

23 Ways to Enjoy Eggplant This Summer!

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