Summer is the perfect time to fire up the grill and enjoy some delicious, healthy food. This grilled eggplant recipe is easy to make and perfect for a summer meal. Eggplant is a healthful vegetable that is low in calories and high in fiber. It’s also a good source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Grill up some eggplant tonight and enjoy!
Eggplant is a delicious and nutritious vegetable that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. In this simple recipe, we cook it up on the grill to give it a smoky flavor and a soft yet crisp texture. It’s a tasty, healthy side dish that’s ideal for the summer season.
How to Grill an Eggplant
Eggplant is a versatile vegetable that can be grilled, roasted, baked, or sautéed. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to grill an eggplant for a tasty side dish to serve at summer picnics, then keep on reading. This Grilled Eggplant recipe is simple to follow and doesn’t require any special ingredients. It’s a tasty alternative or addition to grilled meats.
To prepare grilled eggplant, first cut the eggplant into ¼-inch thick slices. Lightly salt each slice and let them rest for about 15 minutes to draw out the moisture. Wipe off each slice with a paper towel to remove the salt and moisture.
Next, grab a small dish and combine olive oil, garlic, parsley, Italian seasoning, smoked paprika and black pepper. This is what you will use to season the eggplant. Brush each eggplant slice with the seasoned olive oil mixture, then place them onto the grill. Grill the eggplant slices for about four to six minutes per side, until they are soft and grill marks are present.
Grilled eggplant makes a great addition to any summer meal, or can be enjoyed on its own as a healthy snack. Enjoy grilled eggplant as is, or top it with your favorite condiments and sauces. Grilled eggplant is also a great addition or topping on salads, sandwiches and wraps. Bon Appetit!
This Grilled Eggplant recipe makes two servings. Each serving contains 196 calories. If you’re on Nutrisystem, don’t forget to log this veggie recipe in your NuMi app journal to stay on track with your weight loss plan. Each serving provides you with healthy fats and fiber, counting as one PowerFuel and one Vegetable serving on your meal plan.
This recipe for Grilled Eggplant is very versatile. You can switch up the spices and herbs that you use to season the eggplant for a totally different taste! Try it with something spicy such as cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. Add some more flavor with cumin or onion powder. Other unlimited options include thyme, rosemary, oregano, basil or even cinnamon for a warm yet sweet twist on this summertime classic.
You can also use the method for grilling up other non-starchy veggies, such as zucchini, mushrooms or bell peppers. Create a grilled superfood veggie platter filled with different options at your next barbecue!
More Easy Recipes for the Grill
Get grilling this summer with healthy and delicious recipes! Check out these other Nutrisystem-approved recipes for your warm weather menu:
- Grilled Cabbage Steaks >
- Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon >
- Grilled BBQ Chicken Salad Sandwich >
- Grilled Romaine and Corn Salad with Honey Mustard Tahini Dressing >
- Grilled Green Tomatoes Caprese Salad >
- Grilled Shrimp and Scallop Skewers >
- Grilled Balsamic Chicken >
Calories per Serving: 196
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 PowerFuel and 1 Vegetable
- 1 eggplant
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- ¼ tsp. black pepper
- Cut eggplant into ¼-inch thick slices. Lightly salt each slice. Let it rest for about 15 minutes to draw out the moisture. Wipe each slice with a paper towel to remove the salt and moisture.
- In a dish, combine olive oil, garlic, parsley, Italian seasoning, smoked paprika and black pepper.
- Brush each eggplant slice with the seasoned olive oil mixture.
- Grill eggplant slices for 4-6 minutes per side, until soft and grill marks are present.