“kimberly, eating healthy is expensive…”- i hear that a lot and as sad as it is, you’re right. However, look for people to share with. Grow a little and share a little; and you’ll all have quite a lot. Use things up. I waste less when there is a value on the food, that is for sure! Skimp in other areas, but remember food is your health. You are what you put in.
This meal was made because of someone who shared… Eggplant. I grow the herbs & my sister has the chickens and shares the eggs. So this meal cost me little more than a block of cheese, a tub of cheese & a jar of Sauce. $15.oo (some organic, one thing not, i try to get all). It fed 6 w/ left overs. Now, there have been times, the 15 would have been hard to come by… luckily for me, i truly like beans & cornbread!
It’s ok to test things out in the kitchen and thats what i did with this one. Here are the mistakes i made in the past so maybe you won’t: The eggplant really does need to be cooked first or it will be tough. The fresh basil will dry to brown leaves if you put it in the oven on the top of the dish. Lastly, let it sit & set or… when you cut it it will melt into a soupy mess.
Yes, you can make your own sauce, but this is the weekday & i’m always rushing.
This is healthiest when served with salad & not pasta… but either or both are a compliment.
It was a nice alternative to battering & frying the eggplant for Eggplant Parm… and yes, i shared this dish with my brother & his family.
it takes time to set up some resources, but try and get a few going.
Egg Plant Lasagna
(NOTHING fancy, just a quick one)
4-5 eggplants (tops & bottoms tossed) Slice longways about 1/8 – 1/4 in. thick
*lighty Salt w/ a little Olive oil either Bake or Sautee… till tender.
Drizzle Olive Oil (tablespoon or so) on the bottom of a (Large) casserole dish
and cover w/eggplant slices
Now add a small amount of your favorite spaghetti sauce
Now your cheese layer: (mix separately and use for this part)
3 cups Ricotta Cheese
2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese
1/2 cp parmasian cheese
2 tblsp dried basil
1 tblsp chopped garlic
1/2 tsp salt/pepper each
Now another thin layer of sauce
Final layer of Egg Plant slices
Top with remaining sauce and cook for 1hr
Keep covered w/ foil untill the last 15/20 mins.
Take out of the Oven and top with Mozzarella and let melt.
Take out of the Oven and let sit for 15 minutes… it needs to set before you cut.
Sprinkle w/ fresh basil before serving
You can have alone or with noodles and sauce.