This Eggplant Spread is a great appetizer before dinner and an excellent snack.

This Eggplant Spread is a fantastic appetizer for your dinner party or an amazing add-on to a regular meal. Picture this: you are dipping crisp veggies or crunchy crackers into a velvety delight. You can even slather it onto your favorite toasts. I especially enjoy it on a slice of Nutty Bread.

Health Benefits Of Eggplant

Now, let’s talk about the superhero health benefits of eggplants. These lovely veggies are loaded with flavonoids, which are basically awesome for fat digestion because they boost bile production. They even team up with your body to reduce lipid oxidation and keep your heart healthy. Plus, they’re armed with antioxidants that protect your liver. And here’s the kicker: even after a round of cooking, those benefits are still there and ready to go!

Hold on, there’s more! If you’re battling the blood sugar roller coaster and grappling with the sneaky Type 2 diabetes, eggplant is like your trusty sidekick. Thanks to its rockstar combo of fiber and phenolic magic, it steps in to help keep your blood sugar in check.

But, here’s a heads-up: eggplant belongs to the Nightshade family, together with potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers. For some folks, these plants might be causing inflammation. Ever heard of the nightshade and arthritis connection? If you have joint pain, try giving these foods a vacation from your plate for a few weeks. Your joints might just throw a thank-you party!

Health Benefits Of Garlic

Now, let’s move on to garlic, the hero of the flavor world. Seriously, I use garlic in ALL my dishes and can’t get enough of it! It isn’t just about adding that wonderful punch to your dishes – it’s a health powerhouse too. Garlic is a warrior against bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungal infections. It can even tackle drug-resistant tuberculosis where regular meds fail. 

When you crush or mince garlic, its secret weapon called alliin exposed to air transforms into allicin. Allicin is like a multi-tasking wonder – it’s anti-inflammatory (goodbye, aches and pains!), antimicrobial (bad stuff, beware!), antioxidant (hello, radiant skin!), and anti-thrombotic (keeping your heart happy). But wait, there’s more! It even lends a hand in lowering blood pressure and making your heart healthy. Here’s the garlic ritual: give it a good mincing and let it chill in the air for about 10 minutes before unleashing its full awesomeness.

eggplant spread

Zesty Eggplant Spread


1 large eggplant
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 tsp powdered coriander
2 Tbsp unfiltered extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp chia seeds
salt and pepper to taste
Black sesame seeds for garnish (optional)

  1. Roast eggplant under a broiler or on a grill for about 30 minutes until soft. Turn it a couple of times during cooking. Let cool completely and peel the skin off. The skin should come off very easily.
  2. In a food processor, combine the eggplant, garlic, coriander, olive oil, chia seeds, salt, and pepper, and pulse together.
  3. Poor the spread into a bowl, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and refrigerate for 15-30 minutes to thicken a bit before serving. Serve with Black BreadWhite Bread, or Nutty Bread.
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