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!

Eggplant Salad

This is one of my favorite lunches, when I don’t mind spending a little time in the kitchen. It does take a bit of work, with all the chopping of the vegetables, but it is so worth it!

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Are we ready to start? It’s nice if you can have everything layed out and ready to work.

Eggplant Salad
1/2 cup butter (or coconut oil, for dairy free)
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3 large boneless chicken breasts
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1 large eggplant
1 huge onion
1 bag mini peppers
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About 10 Roma tomatoes
Balsamic Vinegar
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Salt and Black pepper
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Mozzarella cheese and/or avocado
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Start by cooking the chicken breast in the butter or coconut oil. I am using coconut oil, here. I have a HUGE cast iron skillet, I like to use for this dish. (And lots of others). It takes up two burners on the stove!

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Meanwhile chop the vegetables.

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When the chicken breasts are cooked through, and nicely browned, remove from the skillet and dice.

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Add the chopped vegetables and cook, stirring often, till they are nicely sauteed.

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Chop the Roma tomatoes and divide between 5 plates. Use oven safe plates, if you intend to broil this later. I like to use enamelware. Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.

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Divide the sauteed veggies between the plates.

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Now, divide the chicken between the plates and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Add grated cheese. This is optional if you are dairy free.

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If you used cheese, you can now place the plate of salad in the oven and broil the cheese.

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I just top mine with 1/2 a diced avocado and skip the broiling, for a dairy free option.

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If you want, use cheese and avocado!

I hope you love this dish as much as I do!