A trio of delectable toppings—tomatoes, eggplant, and olives—make a simple vegan pizza special. It’s a perfect pizza to make on cool summer evenings, though you can enjoy it year round as long as you can find decent tomatoes. Use tomatoes that are ripe yet firm, and that are dense and fleshy rather than seedy. Roma (plum) tomatoes are ideal for this. This pizza goes down easy, so double the recipe to serve a hungry crowd. Serve with a big colorful salad containing chickpeas for a simple and tasty meal. Photos by Dan Atlas. more→
Eggplant was just made to be grilled, and grilling it with an Asian-flavored marinade brings out the best of its subtle flavor. more→
Caponata is a relish-like eggplant salad that’s a classic Italian appetizer. Its other characteristic ingredients include fresh tomatoes, celery, and olives. Serve on fresh bread or slices of Italian bread that have been baked until crisp (bruschetta) for a first course before serving a pasta dinner. more→
This delightful pasta dish, filled with roasted eggplant and peppers, will pique your senses. Make it for a family dinner, buffet entrée, or potluck dish. It could even make a great barbecue side dish, if you cook the veggies on the grill instead of in the oven.
Serve this tasty cold pasta salad, flavored with traditional eggplant caponata, for a family dinner, potluck, or buffet. more→
For this delightful stuffed eggplant dish you can use regular couscous, or try it with Israeli couscous, as shown in the photo. Regular couscous has more of the look and feel of a grain; Israeli couscous more like a tiny pasta. If you’re looking for a gluten-free variation, you can substitute quinoa, which is also excellent in this preparation. more→
The eggplant in this luscious pasta salad takes on a crunchy, almost pickle-like texture, and the zingy marinade penetrates its every fiber. You have to make this one the day before you plan to eat it, but it’s totally worth the wait. Excerpted with permission from The Sexy Vegan Cookbook: Extraordinary Food from an Ordinary Dude * more→
This is a simplified adaptation of a vegetable dish appears that frequently on Indian restaurant menus as Baingan Bharata. It features roasted eggplant, which is so easy to prepare, and so versatile. Once the eggplant has been roasted and is cool enough to handle, this dish is made quickly and easily. Adding some chickpeas makes it a main dish.