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Whether you're looking to lose weight or just eat healthier, the GM diet is probably somewhere on your radar. One reason the diet is so effective is that it promotes the increase of fruits and vegetables in your daily intake. But we all know that getting enough fruits and veggies can be difficult. If you don't know how to start increasing your vegetable intake, we've compiled some great eggplant recipes that will leave you full, satisfied, and on your way to a healthier you!

About the GM Diet

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What Is the GM Diet?

While you've probably had your fill of fad diets, the GM Diet is anything but. It was developed in 1985 by General Motors in congruence with the Food and Drug Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture. GM created this diet for its employees, hoping to make them happier, healthier, and more effective. The results speak for themselves—most people lose around 10 pounds in the first week.

Why Is the GM Diet So Popular?

People love the GM diet because it's easy. There are no gimmicks and no hard to follow rules.  

How Does It Work?

The basic tenets of the GM diet are easy. It focuses on increasing the consumption of complex carbohydrates, low-calorie vegetables and fruits, and increased water intake. By cutting out processed and fried foods, your body begins to shed unwanted pounds.

Do I Need To Meal Plan?

Many diets consider meal planning a central idea of maintaining a diet. While the GM diet doesn't necessarily promote meal planning, it is always a good idea. If you're looking to lose weight or just eat healthier, you should be aware that most of the empty or unwanted calories we consume are unplanned for. They're buying a sugary snack because you skipped breakfast, or settling for a fast-food dinner because you're too tired to cook.

Meal planning works for several reasons. Sitting down and consciously going over your plan for food makes you significantly more likely to follow the plan. If you have the intent to follow through, you most likely will. Meal planning also means that you won't have any of the skipped meals that come from running out of time. How many mornings have you sped past breakfast because you pushed your alarm's snooze button one too many times? And how many of those mornings have you ended up indulging in a calorie-laden snack that wasn't as fulfilling as an actual meal?

Another huge reason we opt for the unhealthy option is fatigue. By the end of the day, who really wants to cook a whole meal? By cooking in larger quantities and being more conscious of what food you have for when, you will ensure that when you get hungry, there is an easy, healthy, and tasty option!

Why Is Eggplant So Popular?

Because it has a very mild taste, eggplant can easily take on whatever flavors you want, making it a perfect addition to any meal. It also has a slightly tough, meaty texture, so vegetarians love to include it as a meat replacement in meals.
 

Is Eggplant Healthy?

Eggplant is very healthy, given that it is a fruit. And, like tomato, it has significantly less sugar and carbohydrates than other fruits. In one cup of eggplant, you'll get 35 calories, 0 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 2.5 grams of fiber, and 0.83 grams of protein. You'll also get a good amount of potassium, iron, folate, vitamin K, and vitamin C. In the eggplant's dark purple skin is a type of phytochemical called anthocyanins, an antioxidant. With lots of great eggplant recipes, it's easy to incorporate it into your regular diet!

Top 3 Eggplant Recipes for the GM Diet

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Almond-Crusted Baked Eggplant

This crunchy, zesty is a great carb-free snack, making it one of our favorite eggplant recipes!

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Ingredients 

  • 2 eggplants
  • 1 cup almonds, grounded
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • Non-stick olive oil spray or 2 teaspoons of olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. On a greased cookie sheet, slice and place eggplant slices down and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt. This will help to remove the moisture allow it to crisp up more while baking. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  3. In a food processor, ground the almonds, remaining salt, pepper and garlic until finer but still slightly coarse texture.
  4. After eggplants have rested for 10 minutes, spray with non-stick olive oil, or coat with olive oil on each side and coat sides in almond mix and place back on cookie sheet
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, 15 minutes on each side, until crisp.
  6. Serve with marinara sauce on top or by dipping it in there.

Link to Recipe

Cost to Prepare

Depending where you buy your groceries, this eggplant recipe will cost you around $20 for 3 servings.

Eggplant Parmesan

This classic is a favorite vegetarian dish, and one of the best eggplant recipes out there.

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Ingredients 

  • Olive oil, vegetable oil, or a combination, for frying
  • 2 pounds (0.9kg) eggplant, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 cups (360ml) tomato sauce (see note)
  • 3/4 pound shredded fresh mozzarella (12 ounces; 340g)
  • Torn fresh oregano leaves, from about 4 sprigs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C) 
  2. Fill a large cast-iron skillet with 1/2 inch oil and heat over high heat until shimmering
  3. Working in batches, fry eggplant slices, turning, until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes 
  4. Transfer fried eggplant to a paper towel-lined half sheet pan and sprinkle with salt 
  5. Repeat with remaining eggplant, topping up oil as needed
  6. In a 6-cup baking dish, arrange a layer of eggplant slices 
  7. Top with a thin layer of tomato sauce, followed by shredded mozzarella and oregano leaves
  8. Continue layering eggplant, sauce, cheese, and herbs to fill baking dish
  9. Do not add oregano to the top layer
  10. Bake eggplant parmesan until bubbling and browned on top, about 20 minutes
  11. Let stand for 10 minutes to reabsorb juices
  12. Sprinkle with oregano leaves and serve

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Cost to Prepare

​This delicious dish should cost you about $30 to $40, depending on the quality of mozzarella you choose.

Grilled Eggplant Rollatini

​One of our favorite savory eggplant recipes that gets rid of pasta!

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Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons freshly minced garlic (about 2 medium cloves)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (28 ounces) can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated fresh mozzarella, divided
  • 1/3 cup grated sharp provolone
  • 2/3 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • 2 large eggplants, ends trimmed and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Place oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a medium saucepan over medium heat
  2. Cook until fragrant and bubbles start to form around garlic, 30-60 seconds
  3. Stir in crushed tomatoes and bring to a boil
  4. Reduce heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes
  5. Remove from heat and stir in basil
  6. Season with salt and pepper
  7. Set aside
  8. Whisk together ricotta, 1/3 cup of mozzarella, provolone, 1/3 cup parmesan, egg, and 1/4 cup basil in a medium bowl
  9. Set aside
  10. Light one chimney full of charcoal
  11. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange the coals on one side of the charcoal grate
  12. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes
  13. Clean and oil the grilling grate
  14. Brush eggplant slices with oil and season with salt and pepper
  15. Grill eggplant slices until browned on both sides, 2-3 minutes per side
  16. Transfer to a large tray or cutting board
  17. Place a heaping tablespoon of ricotta filling on wider end of eggplant slice and roll eggplant closed around filling
  18. Repeat with remaining eggplant slices and filling
  19. Spread a thin layer of marinara sauce along the bottom of a large tray or shallow baking dish
  20. Place eggplant rolls in dish and top with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese
  21. Place on cool side of the grill, cover with aluminum foil, and let cook until cheese has melted, about 15 minutes
  22. Remove from grill, garnish with additional basil, and serve

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Cost to Prepare

​This eggplant recipe should cost around $30 to prepare, and it yields 4 servings.

Conclusion

Following any diet can be difficult and confusing. One of the hardest parts is finding ways to make healthy food more interesting so the monotony of fruits and vegetables doesn't wear you down. By keeping your kitchen stocked to make a handful of yummy eggplant recipes, you'll find it much easier to resist cravings.

Check out our website for more eggplant recipes, information on the GM diet, and how it can help you lead a healthier life. Being healthy doesn't have to be hard! Try whipping up some of these eggplant recipes today.

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