4/23/2021

Why You Should Make More Eggplant Dishes During the Pandemic

 

If you're a stay-at-home mother, there must be a mountain of things to do on every day. For one, you have at least one other person you are taking care of. In addition to that is the abundance of house chores that greet you the moment you wake up.

 

Still, despite the busyness and stress of being a mom, many little joys come with the job. One of them is being in the loving company of your family. Another is the relaxing joy of experimenting with new dishes in the kitchen.

 

When the pandemic struck, it became all the more important to pay attention to the things you eat. The immune system is tied to our diets, after all. Unfortunately, it may also be draining your creative cooking juices.

 

One tip for moms who are stuck? Cook more eggplant dishes.

 

Why Eggplant, of All Things

There are so many other ingredients to highlight, so why eggplant? Aside from the fact that the vegetable is a delicious addition to a great variety of dishes, it also has a number of great benefits for you and your family.

 

It is a versatile ingredient

Eggplant seems almost like a magic vegetable because it works with everything. For breakfast, you can cook it with egg as Tortang Talong and eat it with your favorite brand of fish sauce. You can even turn it into Adobo or Ensalada for lunch or dinner.

 

Aside from the many dishes that you can make with it, you can also use it as a meat substitute, believe it or not. It is not just perfect for using in your pasta when you want to forego the meat. It also makes for a good substitute for burger patties and bacon.

 

It is not just good for savory dishes. Eggplant is a dessert ingredient, finding its way in cakes and donuts, too. Then when turned into chips, it makes for a good snack.

 

You can easily grow it at home

Another great reason that eggplant should be a kitchen staple is that you can easily plant its seeds and grow them in your own garden. That makes for one less expense on your regular grocery runs.

Eggplants thrive in sunny locations, as they grow best in warm soil. Give them enough space, too, as the plants grow a little wide and tall. Grown eggplants tend to be pretty heavy, so it will be best to tie the plants to something sturdy, such as a pole or something similar.

 

Don't forget to harvest your eggplants, too, when they are ripe. When you harvest them too early or too late, they will taste bitter. You will know when an eggplant is ripe. Its skin is glossy, and it has visible seeds that are not too dark or hard when cut open.

 

It has impressive nutritional properties

Eggplant has an abundance of health benefits that make it a great source of nutrients. It has a good mix of vitamins C and K, potassium, protein, and even fiber. Eating eggplant also keeps you safe from diseases, thanks to its antioxidant properties.

 

If you are working to lower your blood sugar or lose a few pounds, eggplant is good to include in your diet because it is high in fiber and low in calories. Fiber slows the rate at which the body absorbs sugar, which helps stabilize blood sugar levels.

 

Cooking as a Form of Self-care

Even stay-at-home moms need work-life balance, too. Your responsibilities may have increased during the pandemic, especially with safety and sanitary concerns, but it is still important to know your limits. When you need a hand, ask for assistance from your family-your spouse and kids, or even your close friends.

 

As a mom, it often becomes difficult to take some time to attend to your needs. Remember, moms, that self-care is not a mere suggestion. It is a necessity to stay physically and mentally healthy.

 

A study published in Frontiers in Psychology showed that while cooking was first recognized as a necessary activity during the COVD-19 pandemic, it has transformed into a leisurely activity. Many people saw it as a source of enjoyment and stress relief. They also found meaning in it because of how it helped them gain new skills and knowledge.

 

More than simply cooking to get it out of the way, the process of making food presents a wonderful opportunity to rest and unwind. The next time you get your ingredients and tools ready, take a bit more time to find pleasure in what you do.


**Image source: https://www.pexels.com/photo/crop-ethnic-farmer-with-eggplants-in-box-on-plantation-5529949/

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