Steam eggplant for a fat-free, silky pizza topping or to enrich stir-fries, tomato sauces, and many other dishes.
I started playing with this idea when my friend Laura told me a trick she'd learned from one of our favorite cookbook writers, Madhur Jaffrey: steam the eggplant before stir-frying. Madhur roll-cuts her eggplant then steams it in a wok for 15 to 17 minutes.
With my faster, greener, less authentic recipe, you cut the eggplant into smaller cubes and microwave it for only 5 minutes. You also save calories and money by avoiding the oil needed to fry it, sauté it, or even grill it.