Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna

Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna

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Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna

Eggplant is a great alternative to pasta in lasagna. It also goes great with any type of marinara sauce. Eggplant parmesan lasagna soaks up flavors and delivers them to your t ...

Eggplant is a great alternative to pasta in lasagna. It also goes great with any type of marinara sauce. Eggplant parmesan lasagna soaks up flavors and delivers them to your taste buds. It is a wise choice to replace the noodles in a lasagna with some eggplant due to the increase in nutrition and decrease in processed carbohydrates. (Learn more about The Truth About Carbs). The panko breadcrumbs in this recipe still tend to fall into that category so if you prefer, just cook eggplant as is without panko. 

Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna

First, we create an eggplant parmesan, then layer it with marinara sauce and cheese to make a lasagna. Feel free to use pre-made marinara sauce if you simply don’t have time.

The eggplant is sliced into rounds. It usually turns out better if the eggplant is salted and sits for 15 minutes to remove some water. Pat dry afterwards if you choose this route.

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Then we create an eggplant parmesan. You don’t have to use panko, but this gives it another depth of crunch and flavor. The eggplant parmesan is baked prior to creating the lasagna.

eggplant parmesan lasagna

Then we layer it with sauce and cheese. Feel free to use pre-made marinara if you simply don’t have the time.
eggplant parmesan lasagna   

Delicious eggplant parmesan lasagna.  

eggplant parmesan lasagna

Eggplant Lasagna
Serves 6
Eggplant parmesan layered with cheese and sauce
Cook Time
40 min
Cook Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 medium eggplants, sliced into rounds 1/8-1/4 inch thick
  2. 2 cups panko seasoned with italian, salt, pepper
  3. 2 eggs whisked
  4. 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  5. 1 cup parmesan cheese
  6. 4 cups marinara sauce (recipe below or use prepared)
Marinara Sauce
  1. 28 oz can crushed tomatoes with basil
  2. 15 oz can tomato sauce
  3. 1 lb ground beef (or vegetables if vegetarian)
  4. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1/2 onion, chopped
  6. salt and pepper
  7. italian seasoning
  8. crushed red pepper
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Prepare & cook eggplant
  1. *Slice eggplant into rounds about 1/4 inch thick or whatever you prefer
  2. Set up two bowls: one with whisked eggs and one with panko and seasonings
  3. Dip eggplant slices into egg and then coat with panko
  4. Put slices onto a pan to bake for 20-25 minutes
Cook sauce (or use pre-made)
  1. Saute onions and garlic in a pot
  2. Add ground beef to brown
  3. Add tomato sauce and seasonings and simmer until eggplant is done
Make the lasagna
  1. Layer sauce, then eggplant slices in a single row, then cheese
  2. Repeat with another sauce layer, slices, then cheese
  3. The last layers should be sauce and add cheese on top
  4. Cook lasagna for about 15 minutes or until cheese bubbles.
Notes
  1. *Before cooking, salt eggplant rounds and let sit for 15 minutes. Make sure to pat the water out.
  2. Cook up mushrooms or peppers with the sauce for extra veggies
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Adapted from allrecipes
Adapted from allrecipes
Mindy Fresh http://mindyfresh.com/
Benefits: Eggplant has antioxidants that protect your cells from damage. Eggplant also has many vitamins and minerals, some of which are B vitamins. Vitamin B1 or thiamine is the most abundant and great for helping get energy out of your foods. 


Fresh Flavors: Try eggplant parmesan lasagna rather than noodles for extra nutrients and less processed food. 

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