A Good Fall Meal

In preparation for retirement, the hubby and I have decided that we need to eat at home more. It is hard, sometimes, because of his schedule, to do so. However, with the reduced income that retirement will bring, eating out will be a sometimes luxury, not the twice a week thing it seems to be now.

In that vein, I have been looking for new recipes. The hubby insists on meat most of the time, but he did like this Baked Eggplant Parmesan.

1 large eggplant
2 cups dry breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 cup reduced fat egg substitute
1 jar reduced fat tomato pasta sauce
1 cup (6 ounces) shredded part skim mozzarella

Peel eggplant and slice into 16, 1/4-inch slices. Sprinkle with salt and place in a colander for about an hour to draw out moisture. Rinse eggplant slices and pat dry with paper towels. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. In a shallow bowl, combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and dried basil. Place egg substitute in another shallow dish. Dip each eggplant slice into egg substitute, coating both sides. Then dip into the breadcrumb mixture, also coating both sides. Place eggplant slices on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly spray eggplant slices with additional cooking spray. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until coating is golden brown.

Pour 1/2 of the tomato sauce in the baking dish and spread evenly to cover the bottom. Layer eggplant slices on top of the sauce, overlapping slightly if necessary. Top eggplant with remaining sauce and sprinkle with grated mozzarella cheese. Continue baking approximately 10 minutes or until sauce is heated and cheese has melted.

Makes 8 Servings

I did NOT sprinkle the eggplant with salt since we follow a low salt diet here, but I did let it sit in the colander for an hour. The whole thing took a long time to prep, but I really thought that it tasted better than the Eggplant Parmesan I used to get at The Olive Garden. The hubby’s liking it was just an added bonus.

1 Response to “A Good Fall Meal”

  1. 1 Amaranth October 4, 2006 at 3:13 pm

    I am SO going to try this! Yum!

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