During the cold winter, nothing beats a hearty dish. The problem is most go to dishes are fattening. Do yourself a favor, while making your grandma proud with this healthy version of Eggplant Parmesan. It’s embarrassing how simple and delicious it really is.
I live a Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Sugar Free Lifestyle. Most people don’t realize how easy and healthy this diet is. That’s why I want to share this one with you. You won’t believe your taste buds.
The Grocery list:
2 Eggplants (Sliced about 1/2 inch thick)
2/3 Cup Gluten Free Bread crumbs ( I use Ians brand)
2 tsp Dried Garlic
2 tsp Dried Oregano
1 tsp Dried Basil
1/2 tsp Salt and 1/2 tsp Pepper
Fresh or Canned Tomato Sauce
- Line 2 baking sheets with a double layer of paper towels and spread the eggplant slices among the sheets evenly. Liberally salt the eggplant slices, using about a teaspoon total of salt, and let them sit at room temperature for 45 minutes to an hour. Using fresh paper towels, wipe the tops of the eggplant to remove excess salt and firmly press to release any remaining liquid. Dry on both sides and transfer to a plate. Wipe the baking sheets and line them with parchment paper or aluminum foil and spray well with cooking oil. (This is the secret to not having soggy eggplant. Salting the Eggplant pulls the excess water out)
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs. In another medium shallow bowl, combine the panko, oregano, basil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- Dip one slice of eggplant into the egg, coating both sides, and then press ONE side into the bread crumbs. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat the process with all remaining slices.
- Spray the tops of the eggplant slices well with cooking oil and bake until the eggplant is soft and the crust is crispy, about 15 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and spoon a heaping tablespoon of sauce on each. Top with fresh basil and serve.
If you eat diary, this recipe can also be enjoyed with Mozzarella. Also, I recommend adding in Gluten Free pasta as well as some meatballs and you’ll have yourself one hearty dish:)