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RO9 TortaIt is undeniably cheaper to cook at home. Especially during this pandemic, it is safer to cook your favorite meals at home and serve it to your family. However, there will be times when one will run out of ideas to cook and your family wants to try something new. This Eggplant and Sardine Omelet is a budget-friendly yet delicious that you can cook for your family anytime.

Sardines are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids that can help prevent heart disease due to their anti-inflammatory properties. They are also a great source of vitamin B-12 which helps your cardiovascular system and gives you energy. On the other hand, eggplants are high in antioxidants, especially in anthocyanins that can help protect against cellular damage. Moreover, eggplants are also high in fiber, which can lower blood sugar by slowing the rate of digestion and absorption of sugar in the body.

Combined, one can cook the delicious Eggplant and Sardine Omelet. It is simple to make and the ingredients are easy to source for they can be found at sari-sari stores and supermarkets.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pcs eggplant
  • 5 oz canned sardines in tomato sauce
  • 3 pcs egg
  • 1 piece tomato, chopped
  • 1 piece onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garic, chopped
  • ½ cup green onion, chopped
  • ¼ lemon or 1 piece calamansi
  • ½ cup cooking oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Procedure:

1. Prepare the sardine topping by heating oil in a pan. Sauté garlic, onion, and tomato until the last 2 ingredients softens. Add the canned sardines and a quarter of the sauce from the can. Cook for 2 minutes. Season with salt and ground black pepper. Squeeze a piece of lemon or a quarter lemon and add some chopped green onions. Stir. Remove from the pan. Set aside.

2. Crack the eggs into bowl. Whisk until smooth and well-blended. Set aside.

3. Prepare the eggplant by grilling until it softens. Make sure to flip it once in a while until steam comes out from the cracks of the skin. Remove from the grill. Let it cool down. Peel the skin off.

4. Lay a piece of eggplant on a plate. Using a fork, flatten the eggplant by sliding the fork backwards.

5. Heat remaining oil in a clean pan.

6. While the oil is heating up, dip a piece of eggplant into the whisked/beaten eggs. Lay it flat on the pan. Scoop a portion of the sautéed sardines and place over the eggplant. Top with chopped green onions. Pour some beaten egg over the toppings. Continue cooking until the bottom turns golden brown.

7.  Gently flip the eggplant. Continue cooking until the bottom part is completely cooked. Remove from the pan and arrange on a serving plate. Make sure that the part with sardines is facing upwards.

8. Serve with rice or your favorite side dish. Share and enjoy!

 

AA VI Cielo Katrina M. Mabalot

 

References:

1. “7 Surprising Health Benefits of Eggplants” from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/eggplant-benefits

2. “Are Sardines Good for You?” from https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/are-sardines-good-for-you

3. “Eggplant and Sardine Omelet” from https://panlasangpinoy.com/eggplant-and-sardine-omelet-tortang-talong-with-sardinas/