Recipe Review: Eggplant Parmigiana

Another “oldie but goodie” that i’ve been making for about 5 years.  The website isn’t around any more (but my paper copy is, hehe!).  I love that this version has a kick to it from the cayenne pepper.

Source:  Shades of Jaim recipes

Eggplant Parmigiana

1 spray(s) cooking spray
1/3 cup(s) seasoned bread crumbs, Italian-style*
1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1 medium uncooked eggplant(s)
2 large egg white(s), lightly beaten

SAUCE
1/2 can fire roasted tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
6 oz water (measure in tomato paste can)
pinch of cayenne
1 T fresh minced garlic

3/4 cup(s) (shredded) part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 8×8-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic powder in a medium-size bowl; set aside. Remove skin from eggplant and trim off ends; slice eggplant into 1/2-inch-thick slices.
Dip eggplant first into egg whites and then into bread crumb mixture. Bake eggplant on a nonstick cookie sheet until lightly browned, about 20 to 25 minutes, flipping once.

While eggplant is in oven, heat sauce ingredients over low heat in saucepan.

Place a layer of eggplant on bottom of prepared baking dish, then add 1/3 of tomato sauce and 1/3 of mozzarella cheese. Repeat with 2 more layers in same order. Bake covered until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling, about 30 minutes. Slice into 4 pieces and serve.

We ate last night with roasted chicken (done in the crockpot) and a spinach salad.

*If you need gluten free, you can use gluten free bread crumbs.  I choose to use flax meal instead.  I don’t really like to use gf bread products.

The NI is really going to depend on your cheese and what you use for breading.  As I made the recipe, a serving is 4 Weight Watchers Points Plus.  I’ve also made it before where I added meat (spicy sausage usually) to the sauce for a few extra points and more protein.  I think Dan prefers it that way.

B1: banana and adora
WO: weights and bike at gym
B2: celery, carrots, ham
L: giant bacon, egg and veggie scramble
S: apple, peanut butter, dk chocolate
D: eggplant parm, spinach salad, chicken breast
S: morning glory muffin with coconut oil (recipe coming soon)

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