6 Simple And Healthy Eggplant Recipes For Kids

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Eggplant is known to have a myriad of health benefits, which could be beneficial for boosting your child’s health (1). In addition, cooking up some unique eggplant recipes for kids may help you include this healthy addition to your child’s daily meal plans without creating a fuss.

If you are constantly looking for ways to add vegetables such as eggplants to your child’s diet, we have just what you need. In this post, we bring some simple and delectable eggplant recipes that could make your fussy little one fall in love with this nutritious vegetable.

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Six Easy Eggplant Recipes For Kids

Check out our delicious and super-easy eggplant recipes below:

1. Baked Eggplant With Cheese Topping:

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You Will Need:

  • 1 large eggplant sliced
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of pasta sauce
  • 1 cup of Fresh Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup of Fresh Parmesan cheese

How To:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Mix the milk and salt in a bowl. Add the eggplant slices to the bowl and let them soak in the mix for 20 minutes.
  3. In another bowl, mix the flour, breadcrumbs, Salt, and seasoning. Grease a sheet pan.
  4. Toss the eggplant slices into the breadcrumb mix and then place them on the greased sheet.
  5. Bake until both sides of the eggplant slices turn golden. Now, top the eggplant with the pasta sauce and cheese. Heat the eggplant until the cheese melts.

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Northern Europeans once believed that eating eggplants would make a person mad and hence named it the ‘mad apple’ (4).

2. Golden Fried Eggplant:

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You Will Need:

  • 1 large peeled and sliced eggplant
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4th cup of milk
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • ½ cup of Olive oil

How To:

  1. Sprinkle the salt over the eggplant slices and cover with a paper towel. Keep the eggplant aside for 40 minutes.
  2. Mix the eggs, milk and oregano in a bowl. Mix the flour and some salt in another bowl. Heat the oil in a pan.
  3. Dip the eggplant slices in the egg mix and then in the flour mix. Fry the eggplant until both sides turn golden.

3. Eggplant Pasta Salad:

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You Will Need:

  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 sliced celery stalks
  • 1 eggplant sliced
  • 1 pint halved grape tomatoes
  • 1/4th cup of tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp capers
  • 1/4th cup of toasted pine nuts
  • 1 cup of chopped parsley
  • 1 packet of penne
  • Water

How To:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the celery. Now add the tomatoes and the eggplant to the pan.
  2. Mix the tomato paste, water, salt, pepper and sugar in a bowl. Add them to the pan.
  3. Cover and cook until the eggplant turns tender. Remove the pan from the heat and add the capers, parsley and pine nuts.
  4. Cook the penne as per instructions on the packet. Mix the penne with the eggplant and serve hot. This yummy meal can be enjoyed as a light lunch or a snack.

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Removing seeds from older eggplant seeds can help reduce eggplant’s bitterness (5).

4. Curried Eggplant With Tomatoes And Basil:

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You Will Need:

  • 1 cup of basmati rice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 cup of halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 eggplant sliced
  • 1 ½ Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • ½ cup of fresh basil
  • 1/4th cup of plain yogurt
  • Water

How To:

  1. Add the rice, water and salt in a pan. Cover and cook for 18 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in another pan and sauté the onion. Add the eggplant, tomatoes, salt, curry powder, and pepper. Cook for two minutes.
  3. Add two cups of water and bring it to a boil. Let the eggplant simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add the chickpeas and cook for three minutes. Now add the basil. Serve the rice with the eggplant curry and yogurt. This is a well balanced meal that can be whipped up for dinner in a jiffy.

5. Crispy Eggplant Sticks:

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You Will Need:

  • 1 eggplant sliced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup of seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • Cooking spray

How To:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line baking sheets and grease with cooking spray. In a bowl add the eggplant, oil, salt, and pepper. Keep the bowl aside for some time.
  2. Mix the breadcrumbs and Parmesan in another bowl. Dip the eggplant slices in the egg and then in the breadcrumb mix. Bake for ten minutes. This oven-baked dish can be enjoyed as a quick and hearty appetizer and can also serve as an ideal party food.

Eggplant can also be made without much preparation or complex cooking processes. Edi, a mother, and a homeschool teacher, shares how she and her two children experimented with eggplant, “I wanted to find a way to prepare the eggplant that would allow the true flavor and consistency to show. There were tons of recipes but mostly included breading and deep fat frying or mixing it into a casserole-type dish.

“I finally found a simple recipe: salt the eggplant, then slice it up, and mix it into a combination of lemon juice and oil. Then sprinkle on salt/pepper and any other spices you like. I chose Italian Seasoning. Then bake for 10 min in the oven at 400 degrees (i).”

The humble eggplant is a versatile vegetable that has also been used throughout history and across cultures in classic dishes, such as Ratatouille, Baba Ganoush, Moussaka, casserole, lasagna, pizza, and sandwiches. A few other delicious eggplant recipes for children include grilled eggplant with a balsamic glaze, stuffed eggplant with rice and vegetables, or eggplant stir-fry with Tofu.

6. Baked Eggplant Nuggets:

Baked Eggplant Nuggets
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You Will Need:

  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into nugget-sized pieces
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1/2tsp pepper powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3tbsp ground chia
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

How To:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450F. Sprinkle salt on eggplant pieces in a colander, and let sit.
  2. Prepare three bowls:
    • Bowl 1 – mix flour, salt, and pepper;
    • Bowl 2 – combine ground chia and warm water, and let thicken;
    • Bowl 3 – mix coconut and panko.
  3. Dip eggplant in flour, then flax mixture, and coat with coconut-panko mix.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay nuggets in a single layer. Bake at 450F for 18-20 minutes, flipping halfway until golden. Enjoy!
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Cut eggplant oxidizes and turns black. Adding lemon juice or vinegar in cooking water can help retain its color.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Should I peel eggplants before giving them to children?

If using small eggplants with tender skin, you do not have to peel them. However, if you are concerned about its bitter taste, you may do so.

2. Can eggplant make me hallucinate?

Consuming large quantities of eggplants may induce hallucinations due to the presence of the alkaloid called solanine in eggplants (2). However, one needs to eat an abnormally large quantity of eggplants for these effects to occur. Normal dietary consumption is unlikely to cause this effect.

3. Is eggplant skin poisonous to children?

No, eggplant skin is not poisonous to children. Eating the vegetable along with its skin may provide extra fiber (3).

Eggplant is a source of many nutrients and would be a healthy addition to your child’s diet. Fortunately, their bland taste makes them a good accompaniment for many dishes. We hope that these family-friendly eggplant recipes for kids will help change your child’s dislike for eggplants. These recipes are versatile and delicious, offering them a range of flavors that may fit their palate. You can also customize these recipes as per your child’s preferences to make them more tasty and appetizing. Also, involve your child in the cooking process to teach them the importance of healthy eating.

Infographic: Easy Eggplant Recipes For Children

Eggplants are a nutritious choice for children’s diets, as they contain essential vitamins and minerals that support healthy growth and development. Therefore, incorporating eggplants into their meals can promote their overall well-being. If you’re looking for ways to make eggplants more appealing to your little ones, we’ve created an infographic with recipe ideas to try. Check it out!

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Key Pointers

  • Eggplant offers various health benefits that can enhance a child’s well-being.
  • Parents can effortlessly incorporate this nutritious vegetable into their child’s diet with easy and delicious eggplant recipes for kids.
  • Some of the simple eggplant recipes for kids are Baked Eggplant with Cheese Topping, Golden Fried Eggplant, and Crispy Eggplant Sticks.
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Explore tasty eggplant recipes that satisfy your cravings and boost your health. Add these dishes to your cooking routine for a delightful and flavorful experience.

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  2. Mahmoud Bagheri et al.; (2017); Evaluation of Solasonine Content and Expression Patterns of SGT1 Gene in Different Tissues of Two Iranian Eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) Genotypes.
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  4. Eggplant and Indian Mustard, Two More Asiatics.
  5. Why Is It Called an Eggplant?.
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