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Recipe: Deconstructed Eggplant Parmesan

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New! Get my blog on Kindle. And, too good not to mention ... Flying Junction is having a Buy Two, Get One Free sale on all paper prints in his online store.  Plus, free shipping.  Gotta love that! This is my Deconstructed Eggplant Parmesan recipe ... shared with love.  I hope you give it a try.  It is especially good if you can get your hands on eggplant from a local farm market rather than at the grocery store.  I have noticed the eggplants we buy at the farm stand are more tender and have less seeds than those I can find in a grocery store. This recipe serves two. It is quick and simple to prepare, Weight Watcher friendly, and a tasty way to enjoy fresh eggplant. The recipe calls for breadcrumbs; if you are using this as a Weight-Watcher recipe be mindful what you use for bread crumbs. I have made this recipe using homemade bread crumbs tossed in olive oil and Italian herbs, baked in the oven until browned. However, while dieting I bake the bread crumbs without tossing them in oil. Or, try buying store-bought bread crumbs that are only toasted bread (read the ingredients and pick a brand that just has "wheat bread" or something like that for the ingredients). Ingredients One medium-sized eggplant 4 tsp olive oil 1 to 1-1/2 cups any marinara sauce* 1/2 to 2/3 cups prepared bread crumbs* 1/4 to 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese* Thick-sliced mushrooms, any amount you choose to use (For items marked with *, if you are following Weight Watchers, decide on amount to use based on the PointsPlus values you can allow for this meal.) Preparation Grill mushrooms until lightly browned on indoor grill. Cut eggplant into 1/2" diagonal slices. Rub olive oil on both sides of eggplant slices. When the mushrooms come off the grill, set them aside and get the eggplants grilling. Grill eggplants until tender but not mushy -- this will not take very long, so watch them closely. While eggplant is grilling, heat up marinara sauce on stove top. Once eggplants come off the grill, arrange them on two plates. Spoon marinara sauce over the eggplants; sprinkle grated Parmesan over marinara sauce and top that with bread crumbs, followed by mushrooms. That's it -- simple, and quite delicious. Healthy, low-calorie, satisfying! ~firefly


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