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Apr 02
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Eggplant Parmesan

This delicious main dish is so low in WW P+ and calories that you won’t feel the least bit guilty pairing it with a healthy side of pasta or a tasty dessert! Unlike in restaurants where eggplant parmesan is generally covered in bread crumbs and fried in oil, this one is coated in a blend of whole wheat panko crumbs, seasonings and freshly grated Parmesan cheese and baked in the oven until the inside is juicy and the outside is perfectly crisp. This is a great way to satisfy a craving for saucy, cheesy Italian flavors without expanding your waistline!

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Eggplant Parmesan

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium eggplant (mine was on the larger side of medium – not gigantic but definitely not small either)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 ½ oz freshly grated Parmesan cheese (I grated mine on the smallest holed side of my box grater)
  • ¾ cup whole wheat panko crumbs ( I used Ian’s brand – you can substitute regular panko crumbs without changing the P+ per serving, though wheat panko crumbs have less points and calories on their own)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil flakes
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 cup tomato basil pasta sauce
  • ¾ cup shredded reduced fat 2% mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly mist 2 baking sheets with olive oil cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Slice eggplant horizontally into ¼” thin rounds. In a small bowl, whisk the egg whites until the slightest bit bubbly. In a separate bowl or Ziploc bag, combine panko crumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, basil and oregano and stir or shake to thoroughly mix. Transfer mixture to a shallow dish. Dip each eggplant round with egg whites, allowing excess to drip off, and then place flat onto crumb mixture, pressing down a few times with your fingers. Flip eggplant and do the same on the other side to coat, then transfer to baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pieces. When all eggplant pieces are on the sheets, lightly mist the tops with olive oil cooking spray.
  3. Bake for 12-15 minutes (until bottoms start to turn golden brown), remove from oven and flip pieces and then continue baking for another 12-15 minutes. Remove eggplant from oven and spoon some of the pasta sauce onto the center of each round, then top each with mozzarella cheese. Return to oven and bake another 5 minute until cheese is melted.

WEIGHT WATCHERS FREESTYLE SMARTPOINTS:
5 per serving (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS PLUS:
4 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

NUTRITION INFORMATION:
149 calories, 17 g carbs, 2 g sugars, 5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 12 g protein, 5 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

An Emily Bites Original

20 comments on “Eggplant Parmesan”

  1. yum! How many servings does this make?

  2. Thanks Amanda! The servings are listed at the end of the recipe: “Yields 6 servings. WW P+: 4 per serving, 153 calories per serving”

    Enjoy!

    • Hi Emily! Thanks for all the amazing recipes 🙂 Just want to verify something, is the wheat Panko the same points (P+) as regular Panko? Thanks!!

  3. Looks delicious, Emily! This will probably be on my menu this week. Love eggplant parm and haven’t had it in FOREVER!

  4. I saw an eggplant in the grocery store this week but stopped myself from buying it because I didn’t know what to do with it. Now I’ll have to go back and find it 🙂

  5. i’ve never had eggplant parm before, but my previous experience with eggplant has been that it is spongy in texture. is this true for this recipe or is it somewhat crispy?

    • The breading is crispy and the inside is soft, though not spongy. I hope you try this!

    • Try lightly salting the slices and placing them beetween sheets of paper towels and weigh it down and let it sit for a few good minutes. This draws the moisture out !

  6. I made this for dinner tonight– oh my it was sooooooo good!

  7. Emily, I am still confused as to what a serving is.. if you have one eggplant is a serving just one slice of the eggplant, you are cutting it into 6 slices??? Just want to make sure i have it right because I can’t wait to try it!

    • I’m sorry you are confused. You do not just cut it into 6 slices. Like the instructions state, cut it into 1/4″ thick slices. I can’t tell you how many this will make for you because I can’t see how long your eggplant is. Divide the number of slices you make by 6 and voila, you have a serving. One serving for me is pictured at the beginning and end of my post. Hope that helps! Enjoy.

  8. Emily,
    This is on my list next week. Alot of food for 4pts. Would this freeze well. I love eggplant but DH does not(His loss!).If so it would make a greatlow point lunch.

  9. ok gotta try love you stuff and eggplant you could say is a favorite when parmaseaned

  10. Hmm I’m making this for my anti-valentine’s day dinner and one of my friends dislikes cheese(shocking I know). I’m wondering (since she isn’t dieting anyway) if I use flavored italian breadcrumbs or season my panko breadcrumbs if it will still turn out good, seems like it would. Thoughts?

  11. Is your serving including the spaghetti and sauce as well? If not how much including amount of spaghetti and extra sauce? thanks!

  12. Just wanted to add that I made these the other night and they are great. Saved leftovers in fridge and heated them last night in the oven- perfect!

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