Sunday, January 26, 2014

eggplant lasagna.


I just love lasagna but I don't love all the carbs that go along with it. Especially since eating it with garlic bread is mandatory- i.e. even more carbs. I was thrilled to find that eggplant makes for a great, healthy noodle substitute.  With this recipe, you still get the rich beefy, cheesy combination that lasagna offers plus healthy veggies too! Big thanks to my husband Grant for not complaining [too much] about this seemingly scary dinner!

Ingredients


Olive oil (I used my Misto sprayer)
1 eggplant, chopped
Salt and black pepper
1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
1/2-1 pound cooked and drained ground beef (optional)
large egg
7.5 oz ricotta or cottage cheese
1-2 teaspoons dried oregano, garlic, and basil
1-2 cups grated mozzarella 
1/4-1/2 cup grated Parmesan 




Directions


  1. Heat oven to 450° F.  Spray or pour olive oil on baking sheet. Arrange the eggplant in a single layer on the baking sheet and turn to coat in the oil; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Bake the eggplant, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until soft and beginning to brown, 12 to 15 minutes; let cool. Reduce heat to 400° F.
  3. Meanwhile, cook and drain ground beef and combine with marinara sauce. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, ricotta, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  4. Arrange layer of sauce/beef, layer of eggplant, layer of egg/ricotta mixture, layer of mozzarella, and finally a layer of parmesan. 
  5. Repeat until all ingredients are used, ending with a layer of sauce/beef. Sprinkle more oregano, garlic, and basil on top, if desired.
  6. Bake until the cheese has melted and the sauce is bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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1 comment:

  1. i can just picture grant eating this! haha maybe you should make it for grant, ben, AND dad. that'd be quite the scene. looks yummy to me :)

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