I’m working out how to utilize all the produce from my Bountiful Basket order. First up, today, was the eggplant. I had an idea of what I wanted to do with it, but when I started to work, I realized that the bottom quarter of the plant was not usable. So, I switched gears and turned it into a lasagna.
No pictures again, but this time because it smelled so good I kind of dove into it before I thought to take any.
You will need:
- 1 small eggplant
- 1 small sweet onion
- 3 leaves of fresh basil (or dried)
- 1/2lb of ground lamb
- 1/4 cup egg beaters
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- 1 cup pasta sauce of your choice
- 1 tsp Garlic Paste
- 1tsp Cilantro Paste
- salt & pepper to taste
- Pre-heat oven to 350
- Slice eggplant into paper thin rounds.
- Dredge the rounds in egg (I added a dash of salt to the egg), then coat with bread crumbs.
- Place the coated eggplant on a cookie tray and bake at 350 for 10 minutes, turning the rounds halfway through.
- Remove from oven and set aside.
- Finely chop basil leaves.
- Slice onion into thin rounds.
- Leave half in rounds, and finely chop the other half.
- Mix garlic, cilantro, and chopped onion into lamb, then brown in skillet on stovetop. While meat is browning, add half the basil leaves.
- In a small casserole dish, pour a small amount of pasta sauce and cover bottom of dish. Layer the bottom with the baked eggplant rounds. Add a layer of onion rounds. Use half the goat cheese and create a cheese layer.
- Pour in the entire meat mixture for the next layer.
- Cover with a layer of pasta sauce
- Add the rest of the goat cheese and cover layer.
- Cover with the rest of the eggplant rounds and the rest of the pasta sauce
- Top with parmesan cheese and the remaining basil.
- Cook at 350 for 35 minutes.
This makes about 6 heaping 1/2 cup servings, and works out to the following per serving numbers (according to MyFitnessPal):
- 253 calories
- 17 carbs
- 15 fat
- 14 protein
- 4 fiber
Thor ate his up! This means I got eggplant, onion, basil and cilantro into the boy without his knowing it. Yay!