Can Eggplant Parmesan Really Be Healthy and Tasty?

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April 22, 2014 by Joanne T Ferguson

Eggplant Can Eggplant Parmesan Really Be Healthy and Tasty?

I now know it can be!

With all the Easter fun-filled food projects now behind me, my food lifestyle continues to be focused on eating healthy.

I hope you enjoyed Should Easter Foods REALLY Be This Fun? and Hot Cross Bagels and Easter Chocolate Anyone? Creme-CheeseEaster was and is a time of traditions, and was a time of nostalgia for me!

I was thinking I WISH I could have mum’s eggplant and then questioned, “Can Eggplant Parmesan Really Be Healthy and Tasty?”

My mum used to make THE BEST homemade eggplant!

I “very vividly” can STILL see the “hours of love” she used in her recipe; salting and draining the eggplant with what “seemed” like for hours then she would batter, fry and drain the eggplant.

FAST FORWARD to Can Eggplant Parmesan Really Be Healthy and Tasty?

I LOVE my Flavorstone pans unconditionally!

I know these pots and pans are not for everyone, but no oil is necessary to use without compromising taste!

Seeing Thermalina had so much fun creating, helping and assisting with Easter foods, she asked me if she could help me with my Eggplant Parmesan.
ThemomixShe then secretly whispered in my ear, Can Eggplant Parmesan Really Be Healthy and Tasty?

More to come shortly about Thermalina’s new cossie. (Australian lingo for costume)

I opened my What’s On The List folder and saw I had saved Italian Eggplant Parmesan with Thermomix: Eggplant with Tomato and Cheese via Thermomix Recipes.

Joanna’s Healthy Eggplant Parmesan, slightly adapted from the above recipe, is dedicated to mum, eggplant and healthy!
ParmesanTomatoesPlease note, this recipe is “as a guide” and can be made with or without your Thermomix, but PLEASE do not tell Thermalina that today!

Joanna's Healthy Eggplant Parmesan {Themomix Assisted Recipe}
 
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#easy #entertaining #fun #eggplant #parmesan #Thermomix #sauce #healthy
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Recipe type: Baking
Serves: 6 -8
Ingredients
  • 2 medium eggplant, cut in ¾ inch slices, skin on
  • 180 grams mozzarella cheese or grated cheese of choice
  • 100 grams Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Ingredients For Sauce
  • 400 grams canned tomatoes, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons oregano, fresh
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons parsley, fresh
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons basil leaves,
  • 1 red onion, chopped in quarters
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 40 grams olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil spray (optional)
Instructions
  1. Instructions Non-Thermomix
  2. Peel eggplants; set aside.
  3. Heat Flavorstone pan (See Notes) and dry fry eggplant until browned on both sides; remove from pan; set aside on a large plate.
  4. Instructions Thermomix
  5. Place oregano, parsley and basil in the Thermomix bowl. 5 seconds. Speed 7; scrape down bowl.
  6. Add onion. 7 seconds. Speed 7; may need few seconds longer if you like your onions finer.
  7. Add olive oil and cook 3 minutes. 100° Speed 1.
  8. Add diced tomatoes. 10 minutes. 100° Reverse Stir. Speed 1.
  9. Salt and pepper to taste. 10 seconds. Reverse Stir. Speed 1.
  10. For Assembly
  11. In a prepared casserole dish, line first layer of eggplant; top with grated cheese, tomato sauce then Parmesan cheese.
  12. Repeat layers until run of of ingredients; making sure tomato and Parmesan cheese is last layer.
  13. Pre-heat over to 200C.
  14. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes and/or until a crust is formed on top.
  15. ENJOY!
Notes
If you do not have Flavorstone pans, can be dry fried in any non-stick pan.
If do not have a Thermomix, combine all sauce ingredients and simmer until sauce is to your desired taste.

I don’t know about you, but while I always enjoyed eggplant Parmesan by itself when I was little, mum always made some yummy pasta!

I guess the apple does not fall far from that tree, eh?

When I opened my What’s On The List folder, I saw I have saved Tomato Penne Pasta from Detours in Life.

I have made the original recipe, but today, I wanted to “slightly adapt” the recipe using up ingredients I had on hand; minimizing food wastage in my kitchen.

Joanna's Healthy Spiral Pasta in Tomato Chili Sauce
 
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#easy #entertaining #fun #pasta #recipe #healthy #chili #capsicum
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Recipe type: Main Course
Serves: 6 - 8
Ingredients
  • 450 grams large spiral pasta
  • 4 garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 400 grams canned tomatoes, diced
  • 4 roasted capsicum (See Notes)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers
  • ¼ cup Parmsan cheese
  • ½ cup parsley, fresh, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In large pot of salted boiling water, cook spiral pasta until al dente; set aside; reserve ½ cup of water if you will be refreshing the pasta.
  2. Heat large fry pan on the stove, then add oil over medium heat.
  3. Add canned tomatoes, capsicum (sweet red peppers), oregano, basil, thyme; adjust seasoning to personal taste.
  4. Reduce heat to low; simmer sauce until juice run. (about 20 minutes)
  5. Add spiral pasta, parsley and Parmesan cheese to fry pan; combine well.
  6. ENJOY!
Notes
Adjust recipe for personal taste.
Had 4 frozen roasted red capsicum to use; place in food chopper; finely ground; can use fresh to desired size.
Can use fresh tomatoes de-seeded if have on hand)

Do you love eggplant as much as I do?

Do you have a favorite eggplant recipe?

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21 thoughts on “Can Eggplant Parmesan Really Be Healthy and Tasty?

  1. This looks so tasty! Simple and perfect for days I want to cut out meat. Thanks, Joanne!

  2. I just made a variant of eggplant parmesan for dinner tonight! 🙂 Love it 🙂 Yours looks fab & check our your personalized Thermomix! How cool is that?!

  3. I’ve never made eggplant parmesan, but this is making me want to. Thanks for sharing!

  4. debi says:

    Beautiful pictures! And, both recipes sound so yummy! Love me some healthy food! 🙂

  5. I do believe you’ve answered your own question! Sound healthful and delish! Thanks Joanne!

  6. Eggplant parm is one of the dishes I enjoy. this looks great.

  7. Ronda says:

    I love eggplant parm and yes, it can certainly be both healthy and tasty.

  8. I love eggplant it’s one of my favorites! this looks absolutely remarkable!

  9. G’day Joanne! How did I miss this awesome recipe until today? It’s so easy to make and love that it’s healthy. No need to fry, my mom in her later years never fried anything and she always made her eggplant and chicken parms this way. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe and the photos are enticing me to make this ASAP. Pinned/shared.

  10. auntbeesrecipes says:

    This looks and sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it! 🙂

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