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Eggplant and Red Pepper Parmisana (200 calories per serving!)

Love italian food but cant’ do the carbs and fat? Have I got a recipe for you. I made this last night and had left overs for lunch – it is truly a phenomenal taste for such low calories, carbs and fat. For 200 calories per serving, about an hour to make, this is definitely one to try!!

  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 chopped red pepper
  • 20+ basil leaves
  • 2-3 cloves chopped or pressed garlic
  • Italian seasoning
  • 6 oz shredded mozzarella cheese, part skim
  • 12 oz part skim ricotta
  • 16 oz jar organic tomato sauce
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • Spray olive oil

1. Spread 1/3 marinara sauce on the bottom of a 9×13 baking pan

2. Slice the eggplant into about 12-15 thick slices, saute both sides in a non stick pan with spray oil – lay half down in the pan and reserve half on another plate

3. Mix ricotta cheese with the Italian seasoning, and place 1/2 of it in spoon size dollops on the eggplant  (reserve second half of ricotta). Lay on top of this 1/2 of the basil leaves.

4. Spread 1/3 marinara sauce on the eggplant/ricotta layer, then top with 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese

5. Layer remaining eggplant slices and remaining 1/2 ricotta cheese in spoon size dollops on the eggplant, plus the remaining basil leaves 

6. Saute chopped red pepper with garlic and 1 tbs. olive oil in non stick pan (may need to add 1/8 cup water) – cook until red peppers are tender, then sprinkle on top of the second eggplant layer.

7. Spread remaining marinara sauce (1/3 jar), and sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese on top

Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes, uncover and bake an additional 5 min. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 min before serving… enjoy!!

Nutrition per serving (Recipe makes 8 moderate servings) Calories: 200/ Fat: 10 g /  Carbs: 15.5 g / Protein: 12 g


2 comments on “Eggplant and Red Pepper Parmisana (200 calories per serving!)

    April 1, 2010

    Sounds delicious. You can eat pasta and lose weight too! 🙂

  2. Laury
    April 13, 2010

    Great Recipe!! I grew up Italian, but gave up on pasta when I was about 14 (before the Whole Wheat Pasta Days)

    Eggplant is so yummy, I will try this with a nice Organic homemade Marinara!

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