Eggplant Lasagna

Eggplant Lasagna

I’ve been wanting to make an eggplant parmesan or lasagna for awhile. But, even though eggplant parmesan is delicious, it takes a lot of work to fry and then press all the pieces of eggplant. And, that much grease sort of makes me sick to my stomach! So, I’m not frying the egg plant in this! I did pre-bake the slices, which is much easier!

This sort of came about on the spur of moment, by accident. I was simply out of the items I wanted, to make a meal for my company, and I had eggplant! So, I decided to go ahead and experiment on the company! 🙄

I was a little nervous… But I only had the ingredients I had… And I needed to make a meal!

Thankfully, it did turn out! My company liked it! So, I hope you will too!

This would be delicious with green peppers sautéed with the meat, and olives added to the cooked meat mixture, I think!

The spices in this were simple. Both of these came from Costco, I believe.

This would be an S if you are following THM.

This makes 2 large 9×13 casserole dishes, so cut it in half or thirds if you are not feeding a large family or company. You could also try putting one in the freezer for later.

Eggplant Parmesan
3 large eggplants, thinly sliced
3 pounds ground meat (I used turkey… beef would be fine, though)
Coconut oil, if needed, to cook meat and veggies
1 large onion
3-6 oz. cans tomato paste
3 Tablespoons Montreal Steak Seasoning
3 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
16 ounces cream cheese
1 1/2 cups egg whites
4 cups grated mozzarella
4 cups grated cheddar

Instructions

Eggplant:
Place all the eggplant slices in a casserole dish and pre-bake at 300° for about an hour. You can leave the peelings on like I did, or you can take them off.

Meat mixture:
Brown the meat. I needed the coconut oil since I was using a lean ground turkey. But if you are using hamburger you may or may not need oil. When the meat is nearly done, add the chopped onions, and peppers if you’d like, and continue cooking until the meat is done and the veggies are soft. Then add the tomato paste and spices to the meat and veggies.

Cottage cheese mixture:
Combine the cottage cheese, cream cheese, and the egg whites in a blender. I used my Vita Mix. Blend well.

Layering:
You will need to divide the ingredients by four, for two layers in each dish, except for the egg plant which will have an extra layer on top. Also, reserve a little extra cheese to place on top of each of the last eggplant on top.

Layer the ingredients into the bottoms of two greased casserole dishes in this order. 1: Eggplant slices. 2: Meat mixture. 3: Cottage cheese mixture. 4: Grated cheeses. Repeat. Top with another layer of eggplant with a little more cheese on each eggplant round.

Bake at 350° for about an hour, or till soft. I uncovered them and briefly broiled to get the brown spots towards the end.

Serve!

Grapenuts

These grapenuts are simply my applesauce spice cake. Baked, crumbled, then dried. I remember seeing an Amish lady make grapenuts. She had this wire type basket that sat over the top of her cookstove to hold them while they dried. I also remember my mom making grapenuts when I was very little. I think she dried them in the oven, but what I remember was her putting the baked cake through a grinder, first. I don’t have any fancy equipment, but a cookie sheet and the oven worked very well!

Here is my link to the cake you’ll need to complete this recipe.

Applesauce Spice Cake

You can make the whole cake into grapenuts, or you can eat a couple pieces fresh or freeze a couple of pieces for later. It’s very good crumbled fresh in a bowl and eaten with almond milk for cake and milk. I actually didn’t bake the grapenuts till the cake was a couple days old. And then it was about 1/2 gone. I think it would crumble best when it is fresh.

Here is the recipe. It would be an E if following THM. About 1/2 – 3/4 cup is probably a good serving size.

Grape nuts
1 applesauce spice cake, or part of one.

Directions:
Crumble with your hands. Spread on cookie sheet(s). Bake at 170 degrees (the lowest setting on my oven) till completely dry. I left them in overnight and it was perfect. Let cool completely. Put into containers or bags.

Technically, this should keep at room temperature if it is totally dried. But, because of the eggs and cottage cheese, I chose to store it in the freezer. That should also keep most of my kids out of it!

Here it is, ready to freeze.

Lowfat Cream Cheese Icing

This is the icing I use on my carrot cake. The fat grams, by my figuring, are still under 5 grams per serving, if divided into 12 servings. Since I have no added fat in my carrot cake, this fits perfectly into an E!

Low Fat Cream Cheese Icing
1 cup lowfat cottage cheese
1 cup 0 percent Greek yogurt, or 1 more cup of lowfat cottage cheese, instead of the yogurt
1 8 ounce block 1/3 less fat Neufchatel cheese
1 Tablespoon beef gelatin, softened in 1/4 cup boiling water
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons Pyure and 3 Tablespoons xylitol,
OR 3 Tablespoons Pyure and 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon THM stevia extract
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum, optional (this makes a thicker icing, but a thinner, creamier one without it)

Instructions:

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Put all the ingredients except the xanthan gum, into your blender and blend well. Add the xanthan and blend again, if you are using it.

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Pour into a bowl and chill. Or pour directly onto cooled cake. You may need to slightly chill the icing first, especially if not using xanthan. But don’t let it set up too much to prevent lumps and to keep the icing smooth.

Applesauce Spice Cake

This is a recipe I developed a couple of years ago after starting THM, and it features quinoa, garbanzo (or chickpea) and oat flours! I think I ‘perfected’ it in 2014.

I wanted a gluten free, sugar free cake. And I wanted to use the flours THM classes as E. Particularly some of the ones I used in here! 🙂 (Anyone else ever get tired of coconut and almond flours?). 🙂 Besides, I am particularly partial to my carbs! 🙂

It is very easy to whip up! The baking time is long. But, it turns out nice baked longer at this lower temperature.

I have ground all 3 flours in my grain mill, before. Although, I don’t think the chickpeas are very easy on it, and it is probably best to buy chickpea flour already ground. I have also ground my oat flour from the groats. And ground quinoa into flour. I like being able to grind my own flour..minus the noise! That thing is loud!

Lately, however, since I am buying my garbanzo or chickpea flour, I have found that the vitamix easily grinds quinoa. And I have been grinding my oat flour from regular rolled oats in it, as well. This is a little quieter, less mess, and a bit easier!

I used erythritol and NOW brand stevia in this recipe when I first made it. But now, I generally use PYURE. Today I used PYURE + 1/2 tsp of the THM stevia.

Applesauce Spice Cake

Dry ingredients:
1 cup oat flour
1 cup quinoa flour
1 cup garbanzo (or chick pea) flour
1/2 cup erythritol + 1 tsp stevia (NOW extract)
3 Tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon salt
4 tsp baking soda

Wet ingredients:
1 cup lowfat cottage cheese
3/4 cup eggwhites (about 6)
2 cups applesauce
2 Tablespoons coconut oil

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Instructions: Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Place the eggwhites and cottage cheese in your blender. I normally don’t add the applesauce and coconut oil to the blender, but today I did. I forgot, but it’s ok!

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Blend the eggwhites and cottage cheese well in your blender and add with the rest of the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix.

Pour into a 9×13 baking dish. I just use glass casserole dishes for my cakes! Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour.

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I will cut this into 12-16 pieces and eat 1 piece as my source of carb fuel in an E (THM terms) setting. I like to have it with a shake to further fill me up! This would also go well as a dessert after a FP meal. Enjoy!

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