One of my favorite dishes in the WORLD is Eggplant Parmesan. Of course, that’s basically one of the least healthy preparation methods for vegetables you can think of.
My alternative to that is the following recipe, which tastes DELICIOUS, is super cheap (under $5), and super quick.
- Giant, fresh eggplant, sliced about 1 inch thick.
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Garlic Powder
- Dried Basil
- Dried Oregano
- Kraft Romano Parmesan Shaker
- Sliced cherry, Roma, or beefsteak tomatoes (your preference.)
- Breadcrumbs (optional)
As a VEGAN option, replace regular Parmesan with a soy or almond-milk alternative. There are several to choose from!
The night before, slice your eggplant and throw it into one of those giant (gallon) plastic bags. Add the olive oil (I use roughly 2 tbsp) and the balsamic vinegar (roughly 1 tbsp) to the bag. Target also makes an awesome mixture of the two which is only 90 calories per serving, great for those of us who find using two bottles of sauce too complicated.
Shake well to evenly coat the sliced eggplant, then add the garlic powder, basil, and oregano. Allow to marinate overnight.
The next day, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
While it’s preheating, lay out the marinated eggplant on an un-greased cookie sheet. Cover each slice of eggplant with tomato (I prefer beefsteak, as they create a nice silhouette on the eggplant) and then shake some Parmesan over the top. If you like breadcrumbs, now is the time to add them, as well. In addition to this, I normally sprinkle on a little extra basil, salt, and pepper – totally optional.
Bake for about 15 minutes or until desired softness. If you’re feeling crazy, feel free to add some 2% mozzarella cheese (or Daiya, if you’re Paleo like me!) and broil at 500 degrees for an additional 3-5 minutes to melt the cheese.
I eat these as is but I serve them alongside marina sauce for my husband, who likes to dunk everything (including babies, I’m sure) into some sort of sauce.
Each slice of eggplant is roughly 65-75 calories if you DON’T add the extra cheese and breadcrumbs. With the additional items, each is probably increased to 90-100 calories. Which is totally worth it, considering two big slices fills me up and a third slice makes me STUFFED.
A great dinner or side dish and perfect for those on Paleo, vegetarian, or calorie-cutting diets! 🙂
Bon appetit, my friends!