Tofu and Eggplant stir-fry

tofu and eggplant stir-fry

This is what we’re having for lunch today. One of my favorite vegetables, eggplant. As always, quick and simple to prepare.

1 1/2 square of tofu, cut into strips
2 small pcs of eggplant, cut into smaller pieces
soy sauce & brown sugar (you can also use barbecue sauce)

Fry the tofu in oil until it’s brown. Sautee the garlic and onion with the tofu until the onion is translucent and the onion is also golden brown. Set aside. Fry the eggplant until light brown. Mix soy sauce and brown sugar in water (or use barbecue sauce if you want it a bit sweeter, just read the ingredients, most have MSG in it). Pour a small amount of your sauce into the eggplants, mix in the tofu and garlic. Stir for 1-2 minutes and turn off the heat.

Eggplant is a nutrient dense food containing dietary fiber, manganese, potassium, vitamin b6, folate, niacin, copper and thiamine, as well as other phytonutrients. It’s very low in calories so it’s good for people who want to lose weight. Its skin contains a phytonutrient called nasunin which is a potent antioxidant and helps protect the lipids in our cells responsible for keeping out free radicals. Nasunin also helps in chelating iron in our blood. Too much iron is not good for the body, and may result to excessive free radical production which leads to heart disease and cancer. When nasunin chelates iron, it also lessens the production of free radicals, protects blood cholesterol, and prevents preoxidation of cells that can lead to cancer.

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    Felisa said,

    I’ve never heard of that… I mean, that eggplants have no nutrients. In fact, ever since I was young, my mom has been trying to get me to eat them because they told me they were nutritious!

  2. 3

    Pao-Pao said,

    waaah, baka ibang generation ka na. all of my other friends know the same (wrong) information that i did. :(

  3. 4

    TJ said,

    Hello! I’m so glad I found your blog (googling ‘palitaw’ and ‘niyog’). I am a 6-month-old vegan originally from Manila, Philippines currently residing in California, U.S.A. Uuwi ako sa Pilipinas this December — any tips? Maraming salamat!

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    Pao-Pao said,

    hi TJ, thanks for dropping by. unfortunately, not a lot of malls here have vegan-friendly restaurants in manila. usually ang makakakain mo lang, pesto, or soup, pero karamihan talaga hindi vegan. you can also try Blissful Belly sa may Ateneo, yung vegan restaurant ni dr. tam malapit sa ortigas. phobac has vegetarian noodles and spring rolls. there’s also Bodhi sa mga SM malls, sa food court.hope you enjoy your vacation here. :)

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