This healthy baked eggplant Parmesan recipe is just as good as the traditional stuff. The first time I made it, I only made enough for my husband and I. The kids asked to try it and quickly gobbled it up! Serve this alongside a beautiful plate of Einkorn spaghetti and fresh pasta sauce for a complete and nutritious meal.
You can also cut the slices into wedges to make a delicious finger-food appetizer for all to enjoy.
Cuisine: Traditional Recipes
Author: Tara Wright
1cupbreadcrumbs(preferably whole grain)
1cupalmond flour(the coarse kind. You may also use 2 cups of breadcrumbs instead)
1/2lbmozzarella cheese(slices (optional to finish))
Prepare the Eggplant
Wash and dry your eggplant, removing any stickers.
Cut your eggplant into 1/2 inch slices
Lie your slices flat on a cutting board or pan and sprinkle each liberally with salt on both sides. Let the eggplant sit while you prepare the breading mixture.
This step will help remove some of the excess moisture from the eggplant so you avoid a soggy interior and the exterior is crispier.
Prepare the Breading
Note: if you want to limit the number of dirty dishes, simply mix the ingredients in the dish you are going to use for dipping the eggplant in. I use a 8x8 pan for the dry ingredients and a round 6 inch bowl with a flat bottom for the wet ingredients.
In a medium size bowl, combine breadcrumbs, almond flour, Parmesan, basil and garlic powder.
In a separate medium sized bowl, whisk together the milk and Dijon mustard until combined.
Preheat Oven to 400 degrees
Clean up any ingredients you have out and prepare your pans for coating. You'll let the eggplant sit another 10 minutes before coating it to remove the excess moisture
Preparing the Eggplant Part Two
After 10 minutes has passed, you should see some water sitting on top of your salted eggplant. This is good!
Rinse the salt off of each piece of eggplant and dry each piece thoroughly.
Clean any salt off of your baking pans.
Option: Cover your baking pans with parchment paper for quicker clean-up
Coating the Eggplant
Dip each eggplant slice into the dipping liquid. Tap to remove any extra liquid.
Dip the eggplant slice into the whole wheat pastry flour. Flipping to coat.
For an extra crunchy crust, repeat.
Place the coated eggplant onto your baking sheet.
Repeat until all slices are coated.
Spray each eggplant with olive oil until lightly coated. Flip over and repeat. This gives the eggplant a fried taste but uses much less oil than deep frying.
Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until browned and crispy.
Optional: Top with a slice of mozzarella cheese and broil for 1 minute to finish.
Serve with a side of pasta & fresh tomato sauce! Note: You can make this vegan by substituting vegan cheese or omitting the cheese all together.