If you love bacon but are looking for a healthier option, consider eggplant bacon. Yes, you can make thinly sliced and seasoned eggplant that is pan-fried taste like chewy bacon.
Here is a simple recipe on how to make this creation a reality
Serving Size: 5-6 slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 24 minutes
1 small eggplant
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 ½ tablespoon less sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoon vegetable oil divided
Cut the stem off eggplant. Using a veggie peeler, peel eggplant into thin strips, move from top to bottom. Discard purple peel and inside seed filled portions.
In a bowl, stir together liquid smoke, soy sauce, and paprika. Lay out eggplant strips and brush sauce mixture onto one side of each eggplant slice.
Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add one tablespoon oil and wait for it to simmer (2 minutes) slightly. Place several slices of eggplant in the pan, sauce side up. Be sure not to crowd the pan.
Cook on one side of 2 minutes. Use tongs to flip and cook an additional 2 minutes. Remove slices from pan and place on a paper towel lined plate. Add remaining one tablespoon oil and repeat until all eggplant is cooked.
Recipe courtesy of Natalie Rizzo
51 calories, 5 grams total fat, 0 gram saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 129 mg sodium, 2 gram carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 1 gram sugar, 1 gram protein