Nutrition / May 23, 2014

Bone Healthy Recipe: Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplants are prized for their vivid color, which can be purple, white or green as well their unique taste and texture. Eggplants also contain phytonutrients that improve blood circulation and nourish the brain. While this isn’t an ‘everyday’ vegetable for most people, the benefits of eggplant make it a great option from time to time. (1)

Testing for ripeness: gently press the skin with your finger, if it springs back the eggplant is ripe!

Yield : 3 ~ 5 servings

Prep Time : 20 minutes

Cook Time : 40 minutes

Total Time : 1 hour

Nutrition : 561 mg of Calcium, 83 mg of Magnesium

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (thin sliced)
  • 1 medium eggplant (approximately 1 pound)
  • 1/3 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 lb mozzarella cheese, sliced thin
  • 1 (26 ounce) jar marinara sauce approximately 3 cups
  • 1/4 lb parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Peel and slice eggplant
  3. Line bottom of 13×9 inch baking dish with the chicken breast slices
  4. Cover chicken with the eggplant slices
  5. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over eggplant
  6. Cover breadcrumbs with mozzarella cheese slices
  7. Pour marinara sauce over cheese
  8. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top
  9. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees

Reference

  1. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=22&tname=foodspice