Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Eggplant Parmenini

Per Serving (entire recipe): 6 Points+
235 calories, 8.5g fat, 789mg sodium, 29.5g carbs, 7.5g fiber, 6g sugars, 13g protein

The recipe: http://www.hungry-girl.com/weighin/show/2079

As I said last week, I still had at least half of a very large eggplant left after making the two different ratatouille recipes.  This recipe came out in a Hungry Girl email just in time for me to be able to use up my eggplant.  I had found an actual eggplant parmesan recipe by HG, but this one was much easier to make, and was also a fairly good substitute for eggplant parmesan.

To cook the eggplant, I used my George Foreman grill instead of using a grill pan.  It worked out great, and cooked the eggplant in half the time since I didn't have to flip it.  In five minutes, I had perfectly grilled eggplant.  Nice!  Once the eggplant was done, all that was left was to spread a little bit of marinara sauce on it, sprinkle parmesan cheese, add a stick of string cheese, and there you have your sandwich.  I used my George Foreman again to do the final grilling - again in half the time as a regular grill pan.

I really enjoyed this sandwich.  It had all the components of eggplant parmesan (which I love!), but without a ton of calories.  True, it didn't quite have the feel of breaded eggplant, but it still tasted great.  It is one of those recipes where you think, "What a great idea!  Why didn't I think of that?".

I will definitely be making this recipe again the next time I buy eggplant.  The best part about it was that you can easily grill some additional eggplant to eat on the side if you are still hungry after the sandwich.  That is what I did, and I just dipped the eggplant in marinara sauce for an extra point.  A very low calorie dinner or lunch for not many points at all.

1 comment:

  1. YUM! I just bought a new GF grill (I wore the old one out!) and have been thinking panini lately - will definitely be making this soon!!! Eggplant parm is definitely one of my all-time favorite comfort foods.