Thursday, July 5, 2012

my less serious momma: easy eggplant parmesan

My mom is at it again, with a new red-themed recipe (see her first, here). My less serious momma posts are 100% mom - from the words, to the pictures, to the recipe's themselves. 

This simplified version of eggplant parmesan is a perfect weekday meal. Life is complicated enough already - why make dinner complicated when you don't have to? Sounds like something my mom must have taught me...


Red Recipe #2.  Easy Eggplant Parmesan

I used to make a complicated version but discovered this last year and like it better. Kind of tricky baking instructions the first time, but easy thereafter.

Ingredients:
1 large eggplant, peeled
4 egg whites
Parmesan cheese grated, lots
garlic powder to taste
1 c marinara sauce (can use this sauce, can add sausage or not)
mozzarella cheese as desired 

Slice peeled eggplant into 1/2 inch slices.
Beat egg whites w 4 T water until foamy.
Dip eggplant into egg whites, then cover with Parmesan, pressing to cover.
Place on sprayed baking sheet and sprinkle w garlic powder and then spray the top of the eggplant.
Bake 20 min at 400 until golden brown.
Turn over and bake for 10 minutes.
Add marinara, top w mozzarella if desired.
Bake 20 more minutes until hot and bubbly.
Yum.

 
Here’s the prepared eggplant slices going into the oven.


Eggplant ready for flip one.


 Eggplant after flip one.

 
Eggplant now browned on both sides.

 
Eggplant ready to eat with browned mozzarella.

 
Eggplant on plate with cranberry muffin (okay they don’t go together but it was all I had)!
 
Do you ever get hungry for a color?  Isn’t red always lurking in your head somewhere?

26 comments:

  1. I am so doing this.... eggplant is my favorite. I seriously love this.

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    1. alex i hope you do make it! if you do please let me know how you like it. i've made it once before and it is super easy and really delicious! although when my mom made it for me it was even better!

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    1. i have made this and it is both easy and delicious!

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  3. Your mom totally wins at life. I LOVE eggplant parm but seriously, why are all the traditional recipes so complicated! Thanks, less serious momma!

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    1. Faith. you just made my day and my moms! you are so sweet. momma always knows best, huh?

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  4. Your mom rocks. This looks awesome! This is definitely something I'm going to try. Just wrote eggplant on my grocery list :)

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    1. thanks! this is really a great and simple recipe. i hope you try it - let us know if you do!

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  5. I've heard the color red is supposed to stimulate appetite (hence the red logos of McDonald's, Wendy's, Chick Fil A, etc).

    And, okay, the melted cheese bottoms (weird phrase) on those eggplants are drool-worthy.

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    1. Emma, I have heard that too - and I've also heard that blue suppresses appetite. Yet I pass by all these gourmet restaurants that are all blue - including one in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel back where I'm from that is actually called Blue. Lol.

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    2. anna - i have heard about the blue thing. actually just the other day on HGTV design star they made a blue kitchen and were slammed about it because blue supresses appetite. a new diet trick?

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    3. emma - i agree about the drool-worthy melted cheese bottoms. ha.

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  6. I gotta make this for MY mom. I've never been an eggplant fan but it's her favourite vegetable. And I'll always try it - you never know, this could be the recipe that changes my mind! :)

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    1. do it! i know you don't really like eggplant because of the texture, but maybe with the cheese which gets crispy you could get around that?

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  7. mmm yummy in my tummy!!! for sure going to have to try this :D Hugs from California! xx,
    The Golden Girls

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    1. glad you like it! hope you try it.

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  8. I am ALWAYS hungry for green. Never thought I'd say that!!

    Your eggplant looks wonderful. I have one in my fridge right now I need to try this out with...

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  9. What a sweet thing to say! A big thank you from Sara's Momma . ..

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  10. Yum! I love eggplant but I've never cooked with it. That definitely needs to change! And you can't go wrong with cheese and red sauce :)

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    1. i can't believe you have never cooked with eggplant. would love an eggplant recipe on your blog - it is one of my favorites too!

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  11. Yummy! Eggplant Parmesan is my husband's favorite - I need to try this out :)

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    1. i love that you can say husband. :)

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  12. yum!yum! yum!

    http://glamourgirl-bg.blogspot.com/

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  13. I made this today and it was SUPER scrumptious! I paired it with some shrimp that I fried with olive oil and italian seasoned bread crumbs and it made for a pretty awesome meal. Thanks!

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