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Eggplant Parmesan

Yummy but a little messy ūüôā

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Ingredients (Makes 10 servings – so plan accordingly if you want to make less!)

  • 2¬† large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1¬† tablespoon¬† water
  • 2¬† cups¬† whole-wheat panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) Regular breadcrums
  • 1/4¬† cup¬† (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (we used our trusty Kraft Parmesan-Asiago blend for this)
  • 2¬† (1-pound) eggplants, peeled and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • Cooking spray
  • Filling:
  • 1/2¬† cup¬† torn fresh basil We bought the basil in a tube – you can find this in the produce section of the grocery
  • 1/4¬† cup¬† (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/2¬† teaspoon¬† crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2¬† teaspoons¬† minced garlic
  • 1/4¬† teaspoon¬† salt
  • 1¬† (16-ounce) container part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1¬† large egg, lightly beaten
  • Remaining ingredients:
  • 1¬† (24-ounce) jar premium pasta sauce
  • 1/4¬† teaspoon¬† salt
  • 8¬† ounces¬† thinly sliced mozzarella cheese (we used fat free)
  • 3/4¬† cup¬† (3 ounces) finely grated fontina cheese

Okay so this recipe makes 10 servings. So we ended up splitting this in half. We bought a slightly bigger eggplant so the recipe had more eggplant than it called for – but who doesn’t love a little extra eggplant in their life?

We also skipped out on the extra 3/4cup fontina cheese. We just sprinkled the top of the meal with the Kraft blend that we use for a lot of different recipes. Look for it in the shredded cheese area of your grocery store.




dReJ Say: This recipe takes awhile to bake. I guess we should have figured that out since it’s a¬†Parmesan/lasagna¬†type thing. So this would be something that you want to start early if you plan to make it the same night your eat it. To be honest – I’m not sure how good this one would reheat. We made it for dinner both times and it was really good right out of the oven.


We both expected this to be a little bland Рbut it actually had a lot of great flavors. Perfect warm meal for a cold night Рand easy on the stomach, too ringing in at just under 400 calories. Not bad for a hearty Italian style dish!


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