Mine and My Dad’s Favorite: Eggplant Parmesan

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I take after my dad in many, many ways. He tells me that often, especially lately. I have to admit, it’s a compliment because he is one of the nicest people in this world . One of his favorites (and mine too) is Eggplant Parmesan. My youngest child, Zachary, loves it as well. This recipe is really simple and light. It’s under 300 calories and 9 grams of fat so enjoy.

Light Eggplant Parmesan

Cook Time:

40 minutes

Prep Times:

20 minutes

Yield:

8 servings

Ingredients:

1 (24-ounce) jar marinara sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 (3/4-pound) eggplants, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices
1/4 cup water
3 egg whites, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups panko breadcrumbs or Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Vegetable cooking spray
3 cups (12 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Preparation:

1. Combine marinara, garlic and red pepper flakes in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.

2. Place eggplant in a large bowl; add water to cover, and let stand 30 minutes. Drain well; blot dry with paper towels. Combine 1/4 cup water and egg whites in a shallow bowl. Combine breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese; stir well. Dip eggplant in egg white mixture, and dredge in breadcrumb mixture.

3. Place half of eggplant on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, and broil 5 minutes on each side or until browned. Repeat procedure with remaining eggplant. Set eggplant aside.

4. Spread half of tomato mixture in bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange half of eggplant over sauce; top with half of mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers with remaining sauce, eggplant, and cheese.

5. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh basil, if desired.

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