We had pork chops for dinner tonight and I wanted something nice to have with them besides the fresh steamed broccoli I was planning. I grabbed a Japanese eggplant in the refrigerator. Sitting right beside it was my jar of freshly made pesto sauce and thawed spaghetti sauce for tomorrow night. Voila! This delightful dish emerged in my head! I wasn’t sure how the pesto would be and whether I would like it, because fresh basil often doesn’t agree with my stomach. But I’m here to tell you this was one of the very best eggplant dishes I’ve done in a LONG time! I used just a hint of pesto sauce. This is one of those dishes that isn’t so pretty, but it makes up for this weakness in flavor! DELICIOUS, this one!
This recipe is suitable for Induction and it freezes well, too! It is a fairly small side dish recipe, so double for a large family. This serves 4 as a veggie side. With the addition of a layer of pre-browned ground beef or ground Italian Sausage, this would make a delightful entree for 2 people.
NOTE: If you saute your eggplant, the oil will bleed out onto the bottom of the casserole dish. As an alternative, you can lightly grease a baking sheet with less oil than indicated, and pre-bake the eggplant before assembling this layered dish, rather than sauteing. Your call there.
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8 oz. eggplant, peeled, sliced ¼” thick and then cut into smaller pieces about 1″ in size
3 T. olive oil [see note in red above]
1 T. my pesto sauce
½ c. low carb spaghetti sauce
1 T. Parmesan cheese, grated
1/3 c. mozzarella cheese, grated
DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350º. If sauteing eggplant, heat oil in non-stick skillet and saute the eggplant, turning often with a spoon, until it is completely translucent (will be nearly done at this point). If pre-baking your eggplant, lightly oil a pan and bake/broil the slices on a baking sheet at 350º about 10-20 minutes. When nearly done, place the eggplant in a small casserole-type baking dish (no need to grease the baking dish). Dot the eggplant evenly with the spaghetti sauce first. Then dot evenly with the pesto sauce. Sprinkle on the Parmesan and finally spread the mozzarella evenly on top. Pop into a 350º oven for about 30 minutes.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: As a vegetable dish, this serves 4 (will only serve 2 as an entree with meat added). Each serving, without meat, contains:
18.5 g fat
6.3 g carbs, 2.63 g fiber, 3.67 g NET CARBS
7.08 g protein
71 mg sodium
141 mg potassium