In addition to its role as a popular color for bridesmaid dresses, eggplant is a vegetable available year-round that’s low in calories and is a good source of fiber. It’s commonly used as a meat replacement in a range of dishes, too, and can take on the flavor of other foods it’s combined with. These qualities determined the next victim for my next food experiment with my daughter of two-and-a-half.

When grocery shopping, I bought a large-sized eggplant and a “baby” eggplant, so my daughter could have her own little eggplant to love (and try her best to cut with a butter knife). I emphasized the fun purple color, that she had a little baby version and that it was a fun new “adventure” vegetable.

Eggplant big and small

I wanted to start with an eggplant recipe that was pretty simple and featured eggplant itself without much disguising or other ingredients to compete with, so I went with the Sweet & Crunchy Maple Orange Roasted Eggplant recipe by Running to the Kitchen.

Eggplant prepared

I was delighted when she took one bite. I’ll take it. I also enjoyed the recipe quite a lot myself. My expectations weren’t vast in terms of her acceptance, but I’m content knowing that I’ve started to introduce this new veggie and will keep bringing it to dinner every now and then.  

Sampling eggplant

Next time(s), I’m planning to try these tasty-looking recipes featured on Healthy Aperture:

Eggplant Roll Ups

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Do any of you have any favorite eggplant recipes or tips? Or other foods you’ve had good success in introducing to your kiddos?

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