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What vegetable to serve with eggplant parm

I am planning to make eggplant parmesan for dinner. I will also serve a salad, and would usually have some sort of pasta. However, I am trying to not have pasta in the evening (it makes me bloated and uncomfortable).
What other vegetable (other than the eggplant) can I serve?

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  1. I really like fresh spinach sauteed in a little olive oil, a pat of butter, lots of garlic and s&P as a side dish. Or broccoli rabe same way.

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    1. re: pinehurst

      If I were to serve another veg that would be my choice too but I think it is unnecessary. The eggplant and a salad seem sufficient to me.

      1. re: magiesmom

        I agree...my agenda is to create a shameless ploy to consume more garlic oil and butter :-)

      1. Eggplant parm works great as a one dish meal - it already has plenty of veg servings from eggplant and sauce protein from cheese and egg and some carbs from batter/breading - green salad compliments nicely especially with a vinegar based dressing - perfect to cut - a vegetable side dish does seems an unnecessary addition but if you do a simple sauté of greens as mentioned above would probably go best.

        1. Thanks, all. Fresh spinach, sauteed in olive oil and garlic sounds perfect.I had a brain freeze, and just couldn't think of anything!!

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          1. re: bxgirl

            Just remember about shrinkage-buy more than you think!

            1. re: bxgirl

              I love to add in chopped olives or capers to the sauteed greens as well...

            2. You could also do spaghetti squash. Almost like pasta but not so heavy.

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              1. re: melpy

                Exactly what I was going to suggest. Maybe with pesto?

                1. re: melpy

                  That's an excellent idea melpy.

                2. A sauté of crook neck squash, zucchini, red bells, and mushrooms for good measure. :)

                    1. re: roostermom

                      I think the crunch of fresh veggies and bitterness of greens will pair well the rich, soft eggplant parm. Assuming that your salad will be simple, maybe a saute of celery with walnuts and meyer lemon would be a creative pairing with the eggplant. Stir-fried cabbage would provide a similar crunch. Kale, chard or broccoli slaw could work as well.

                      1. re: roostermom

                        Or many other Bitter Greens. Treviso, Castelfranco, Puntarell all would do a good job of cutting the richness of the Eggplant Dish.

                      2. Thank you all so much.
                        I did make the eggplant parmesan with spinach sauteed in olive oil and garlic. I followed the advice of Ttrockwood and added capers to the spinach right when I plated it.(Should I have heated then briefly with the spinach and garlic?)
                        Dinner was delicious. I didn't even bother with a salad.
                        It was a very satisfying dinner, and fairly healthy, as well!!

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                        1. re: bxgirl

                          Glad you liked that! I usually toss in the capers at the last minute of cooking but it doesn't make a big difference.

                        2. You could just sauté a few peppers and onions to sort of go alongside the eggplant.

                          1. Escarole. Sauted as spinach with olive oil and garlic.

                            1. Great! Spinach, it is. I am serving Gazpacho with bay shrimp on top, as my "salad". Lots of tomato in this meal. Just using the end of summer bounty.