Fitness Crazed Foodie
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I grew up on pasta, lasagna, pizza, and all the Italian classics (hence my last name) and I just cannot give them up even though I eat a lot healthier now. So, instead of indulging in all of these very high caloric dishes, I have found healthier ways to enjoy Italian cuisine.
To start, this eggplant parmesan dish I made tops the list of my favorite meals I've made. It has all the flavor of what you would get in a restaurant, but without the breading, oil, high-fat cheeses, and frying. To substitute all of this, you simply sauté plain eggplant and layer it with a low-fat cheese mixture and marinara sauce.
Olive oil spray
1 medium eggplant
1 egg white
1 cup low-fat grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cup non-fat small curd cottage cheese
2-4 tbsp of your favorite low-fat grated cheese
1-2 cups marinara sauce (I used my mom's recipe, but any with small amounts of oil and added sugar will work!)
Preheat oven to 350. Slice the eggplant into thin (1/4 inch thick) slices. Spray a saute pan with oil spray and cook up the eggplant for about 4 minutes on each side, or until slightly brown.
While the eggplant is cooking, mix together one egg white, 3/4 cup low fat grated parmesan cheese, and 1 1/2 cup non-fat cottage cheese.
Put a thin layer of marina sauce on a the bottom of a baking dish so the eggplant doesn't stick. Place cooked eggplant slices around the pan in one layer. Add a layer of marinara sauce and a layer of the cheese mixture on top. Keep doing this until all the ingredients are gone. Top with any grated cheese of your choice (I chose low-fat mozzarella cheese) and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes.
I typically like to have all high-protein meals to fill me up, so I added grilled chicken breast to the side of the eggplant parm and they went together perfectly. I don't think I can go back to the deep-fried breaded kind anymore because this pure and healthy form tasted great and made me feel so much better after! I also recommend adding cooked spinach, cauliflower or broccoli into the dish and mix the veggies into the extra marina sauce!
P.S. Don't forget about my past healthy cauliflower italian bake recipe that is also another italian cuisine makeover that delivers the same satisfaction!
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