Healthier Eggplant Parmesan

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This is just a yummy recipes.  I really love making decedent food just that much healthier.

This would still be higher calorie, since you are using almonds, but no frying and no white flour bread crumbs.  If you want to make it REALLY healthy serve with “zucchini noodles“.

Let me know if you try it!

Yields 4-6

Healthier Eggplant Parmesan

Healthier Eggplant Parmesan

25 minPrep Time

50 minCook Time

1 hr, 15 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled and sliced into 1/4 rounds*
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 cups of almond meal or flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 8-16 oz of pasta prepared ( we used gluten free)
  • 25 oz jar of your favorite pasta sauce heated (or homemade)
  • 4 oz of shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Prepare 2 cookie sheets with silpats or foil (spray foil with cooking spray)
  3. In a medium bowl crack the two eggs and beat lightly with a fork, set aside
  4. In a medium bowl combine almond meal, salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder, and dried basil (crumb mixture)
  5. Stir to combine
  6. Place each round of eggplant into eggwash, using a fork. Shake off any additional egg before you dip it into the “crumb mixture” (this is important)
  7. Drop eggplant round into “crumb mixture” and with a NEW fork “toss” it with the crumbs until coated. Shake off any additional crumbs
  8. Place round onto prepared cookie sheet
  9. When you are done, discard crumbs and any egg left over.
  10. Place cookie sheets in the over and bake for 40-50 minutes until eggplant is soft and coating is slightly brown on the edges.
  11. Remove from oven
  12. Plate prepared pasta (our family uses less than 2 ounces a person, but your family make like more)
  13. Place 2-4 rounds of eggplant on top of pasta
  14. Top with 1/3- 1/2 cup of heated pasta sauce
  15. Top with 1-2 tablespoons of shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese and allow to melt
  16. Garnish with Parmesan Cheese
Recipe Type: Italian
http://www.frugallivingmom.com/healthier-eggplant-parmesan/

 

*Note: I cut my eggplant rounds on my Mandoline Slicer on the thick setting and still found it a bit too thin.  I think they were a bit thinner that 1/4 inch.. truly just cut to the thickness your family likes, but thicker could take longer int he oven, so be careful not to burn.

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