Tasty Tuesday #5: Non-fried Eggplant Parmigiana

My fiance looooooves eggplant parmigiana. He used to make it for me all the time. But he's a big fan of deep-fried anything. So I started making the dish for him, and in a much, much healthier way. Instead of frying the eggplant to get the crust golden and crispy, I bake them. Here's the way I do it, to keep him happy and the pounds off!

Eggplant Parmigiana:
1 eggplant, sliced 1/4-1/2 inch thick (I like to do it in strips along the length of the eggplant because it fits better in the baking pan) ($.88)
1 cup breadcrumbs + 1/4 cup parmesan cheese ($1.50)
2 eggs ($.50)
1/4 cup milk ($.25)
1 jar tomato sauce ($3.00)
1/2 cup shredded mozzerella ($1.00)
1/4 cup grated parmesan ($.50)
1 lb of spaghetti ($.99)

Preheat the oven to 350. Cook 1lb of pasta (we used spaghetti).
Combine milk and egg in one bowl, breadcrumbs and parmesan in another bowl.
Coat the eggplant slices in the egg and milk mixture, then in the breadcrumbs.
Put the eggplant on a baking sheet covered in aluminum foil and non-stick spray.
Bake for 5 minutes on one side, and 5 minutes on the other.
Once they're all cooked, lay them layer them a glass baking dish, alternating with tomato sauce and cheese.
Cover with tomato sauce, sprinkle extra cheeses over top, and bake about 10 minutes.
Serve on top of pasta!

For $8.50, you've got enough food to feed at least four people (unless your fiance is as hungry as mine is - then it ends up being one dinner for us, plus leftover lunch for me). That's much better than paying an arm and a leg for a restaurant serving! If you crave the deliciousness that normally comes from a restaurant, try grating fresh mozzerella and parmesan cheese. It makes a huuuge difference, but unfortunately they don't come cheap.


LizzieBeth said...

Hey Jen! Thanks for the reciepes! I luuurrvvvv eggplant parm!

How is the wedding planning going???


Jenny said...

Thanks for the comment LizzieBeth! I'm hoping to post an update next weekend about wedding planning (I'm trying to get Save the Dates out, and that would be an exciting thing to say is done!). Check back then - thanks for the interest! I hope yours is going well!

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