Grilled Figs and Eggplant Salad with Blackberry and Fig Dressing

Grilled Figs and Eggplant Salad with Blackberry and Fig DressingFigs are a fruit native to Italy and Greece. The fruit is available in both fresh and dried forms, and they offer a nutritional advantages due to their nutrient content.

Are you worried about the appearance of your skin? Figs are rich in nutrients that build and maintain healthy looking skin. The nutrients include B-complex, vitamin-C, phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium, which are all essential nutrients for boosting and rejuvenating the skin’s health. Figs contain high amounts omega-3 fatty acids which helps to keep skin moisturized and conditioned.

Rubbing fresh figs on your face and allowing it to dry can help cure acne.

Fig leaves are also used is used for skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, and vitiligo (loss of pigment color). The milky sap from the tree is used to treat skin tumors and warts, when applied directly to the skin.

Research with the chemicals found in the leaves of the fig tree reports that a tea made from fig leaves could help use insulin more efficiently and reduce insulin requirements in people with type 1 diabetes. It also helps to lower blood sugar levels after eating (WebMD).

Let’s enjoy the healthy benefits of figs as well as their natural sweetness with our featured recipe: Grilled Figs and Eggplant Salad with Blackberry and Fig Dressing. Here is what you will need.

Bellas Blackberry and Fig Dressing6 black figs, stemmed , cut in half

1 small eggplant, sliced

1 cup fresh blackberries

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

4 cups mix tender leafy greens (can mix spring greens with some spicy greens)

1/2 cup goat cheese

1/3 cup pecan pieces

1 jar Bella’s Blackberry and Fig Balsamic Dressing (3 to 5 tablespoons each plated salad)

sliced eggplant and figsThe eggplant we used is a long narrow purple and white Asian eggplant. According to Grow Organic, they are a “new” eggplant on the garden scene, though it is a much older Asian variety. They are long and narrow, and come in a variety of colors including white, purple, magenta and green (Grow Organics).

Slice the eggplant into 1 inch slices, and cut the figs into two.

olive oil coated sliced eggplant and figsIn a large mixing bowl, add the oil, salt, and slice produce and toss until coated.

on the bbq - grilling eggplant and figs

bbq grilled eggplant and figsNext place a piece of tin foil on to a BBQ grill, and heat BBQ until hot.

Place figs and eggplant on to hot grill, and turn after 2 minuets.

After turning  you should hear the figs make a pop noise (skins are bursting slightly), about 1 minute, then remove from grill and set aside.

Grilled Figs and Eggplant Salad with Blackberry and Fig Dressing- detailed close upNext, per plate add two hand fulls of leafy greens. Top with grilled eggplant, figs and blackberries. Next sprinkle on cheese and nuts. Now splash 3 to 5 tablespoons of balsamic dressing (about 1/4 cup or 2 ounce). You can purchase the dressing at your favorite market if available, and if not, you can find it at the Whole Foods Market.

The number of eggplant and fig pieces, including berries you place on each plated salad will determine how many salads you will be preparing.

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Fried Egg Snap Pea and Sweet Pepper Salad

Fried Egg Snap Peas and Sweet Pepper Salad

We were really hungry, but could not decide on what to fix to satisfy the hunger pains. When the fridge door was opened the eggs were staring at me, and I had recalled seeing a few recipes lately that had salads prepared and topped with a fried egg. With the examining of all the rest of the food items in the refridgerator, this was the idea we came up with: Fried Egg Snap Pea and Sweet Pepper Salad.

Take a look at the protein this recipe packs.

A 1-cup serving of cooked snap peas contains 10 grams of carbs and 4 grams of fiber, and these are the right carbs for your body’s source of energy.

A 1/2-cup serving snap peas contains 2 grams of protein. Snap peas also contain potassium a mineral needed for building proteins and muscle, and it also helps control the acid-base balance in your body.

1 ounce of sweet peppers (red, yellow, orange, and green) has about 0.28 grams of protein.

A 1-cup serving of cooked eggplant contains less than 0.82 g protein.

The mixed greens have from 4 to 5 grams of protein in a 1 cup serving.

One large 2 oz. whole egg without the shell contains 6 grams protein. Of this protein, 3 grams is contained in the egg yolk and 3 grams in the egg white.

We are showing the amounts of protein that is contained in this recipe because you could have it for breakfast. The protein and the fiber contained in the vegetables and mixed greens, can control your blood glucose to healthy levels, also providing extended energy. Which fills you up longer, and you won’t snack on junk food before lunch.

In other words this salad is great to help you control a healthy weight. Here is what you will need.

The preparation is for one serving, you will increase each ingredient depending on the number of servings you want.

Sweet peppers and snap peas

In a large mixing bowl, adding to the bowl first, 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt, a few pinches of black pepper, juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1 tablespoon of organic honey, 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil, and 4 tablespoons of avocado oil. Next add about 10 snap peas, 1 each of  red, orange, and yellow mini-sweet peppers sliced into strips without the seeds.

mixed greens

Next add two handfuls of mixed greens.

Frying egg plant and egg

Next, in a heated frying pan with a little avocado oil, fry some chopped eggplant, about 1/3 of a cup. Add that to the mixing bowl with the other ingredients and mix all together until all is well coated with the wet ingredients. In the same frying pan, add 1 tablespoon of butter, add on large egg with 1 tablespoon of water, place a lid over the egg and fry for 1 minute.

Close up Fried Egg Snap Pea and Sweet Pepper Salad

Plate the salad greens, top that with the fried egg and serve. If you wish you can top that with some goat cheese, which adds more protein to this meal. Also serve with a slice of sourdough bread and enjoy!!

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