Sheet Pan Healthy Baked Eggplant Parmesan Slices

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Sheet Pan Healthy Baked Eggplant Parmesan Slices

Love Eggplant Parmesan?  You’ve got to try my Baked Eggplant Slices with tomato sauce!

Baked Eggplant Slices with Tomato Sauce / Running in a Skirt

Hello! Hello!

Happy tax day everyone!  I get my Hubby back today, so I’m celebrating with another delicious recipe.

Last summer I planted a single eggplant plant.  It was slow to take off, but by late summer and early fall I had more eggplant than I knew what to do with!  I remember taking some all the way to Charlotte just to pass them along to my Brother, who’s an amazing chef.   I ended up roasting a lot of them, but I also tinkered around with eggplant casseroles, grilled eggplant and this fun, healthier twist on Eggplant Parmesan.  So when one of my friends asked for a good eggplant recipe the other day, I was shocked to realize I had NO eggplant recipes on Running in a Skirt.  I feel like I failed you guys!

To redeem my foodie status, I went to work actually writing down one of those recipes I worked on last summer… Baked Eggplant Slices with tomato sauce.

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Here’s why you need to try my Baked Eggplant Slices with tomato sauce…

So these delightful and downright pretty eggplant slices look pretty, but are really not that hard to make.  Plus they are made on a sheet pan… woop! woop!

The first step is salting the eggplant to get extra moisture out of it.  If you haven’t done this before, I left some detailed instructions in the recipe.  It’s easy and helps with the extra moisture and texture of the eggplant.

Baked Eggplant Slices with Tomato Sauce / Running in a Skirt

The next step is to set up an assembly line of sorts.  Get out one flat bottomed bowl for an egg mixture and another for a panko mixture.  A dunk in each creates that gorgeous, crunchy crust.  You first bake the slices plain so they can get golden brown… no frying here.

Baked Eggplant Slices with Tomato Sauce / Running in a Skirt

The final step is to top the Baked Eggplant Slices with tomato sauce!  You can use either your favorite canned version or use a homemade no sugar version… try my Crock Pot Marinara if you are feeling especially fancy.  A sprinkle of cheese gives these beauties the feeling of a more indulgent meal.  To finish them off, you just pop the slices back in the oven long enough to melt the cheese.

Baked Eggplant Slices with Tomato Sauce / Running in a Skirt

The fresh basil on top is optional, but in my opinion you can never go wrong with fresh basil!

Baked Eggplant Slices with Tomato Sauce / Running in a Skirt

The end result are delicious Baked Eggplant Slices with tomato sauce that you’ll be making over and over again.  Serve it with pasta or even zucchini noodles and more sauce for a more traditional meal OR a packed Italian style salad… either way you’ll have a meal where everyone will be wanting seconds.  You can plate it with or without the extra marinara… whichever floats ya boat.

Baked Eggplant Slices with Tomato Sauce / Running in a Skirt

I hope y’all like eggplant because I’m absolutely planning to ramp up the selection of recipes here this summer…  but first… try this. 🙂  Enjoy!

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Baked Eggplant Slices with Tomato Sauce / Running in a Skirt
Sheet Pan Healthy Baked Eggplant Parmesan Slices
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

This Sheet Pan Healthy Baked Eggplant Parmesan Slices is so good!  It's a faster and healthier take on Eggplant Parmesan.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Ingredients
  • 1 large eggplant
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup panko
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt & pepper
  • 1 jar tomato pasta sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • fresh basil
  • cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Prepare the eggplant by slicing the eggplant into 1/4 inch slices.  Lay the slices flat and generously salt on both sides.  Allow to sit for 15 minutes and pat dry.  Repeat for both sides.  This can be done ahead of time for faster preparation.

  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil. Spray with cooking spray.  Depending on how large your eggplant is, you might need two sheets.

  3. Get two small flat bowls that are large enough to dunk the eggplant in.  In the first bowl whisk the two eggs together.  In the second bowl mix the panko, basil, oregano, garlic powder and salt and pepper.

  4. Set up an assembly line where you can dunk the eggplant slices first in the egg, then in the panko mixture and then transfer to the baking sheet.  Try to get the slices as coated as possible with the panko.

  5. Bake for 15 minutes.  Flip the eggplant slices and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

  6. Spoon the tomato sauce on each slice and top with the cheese.  Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the cheese starts to melt.

  7. Remove from the oven and top with the fresh basil.  Serve with pasta, zoodles or a salad.

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Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I’m sharing my favorite ways to beat hearburn.

 

Your turn!

Do you like eggplant?

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I’m linking up my Baked Eggplant with tomato sauce with: Meatless Monday, Meatless Monday, Full Plate Thursday, Foodie Friday, and the Weekend Potluck. Thanks so much ladies for the link up parties!
By | 2018-04-17T09:56:08+00:00 April 17th, 2018|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Vegetarian Meals|8 Comments

8 Comments

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  2. Laura April 27, 2018 at 11:36 am - Reply

    How many servings and what the serving size?

  3. Jean April 23, 2018 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    I tweeted and saved it on Pinterest. I LOVE eggplant. How nice you grew so many. Was it easy?
    I have to be careful with tomato sauce so when I bake mine I put olive oil on each slice and close to the end we add cheese. It is one of our favorite lunches. If I could eat more tomato sauce I’d do it your way. Yum.
    Glad you got your hubs back too ❤️

  4. Blane Sherer April 17, 2018 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    I know you are glad that the tax deadline
    has now passed ( smile )

  5. [email protected] April 17, 2018 at 10:27 am - Reply

    This sounds so tasty. I really like eggplant but only seem to eat it in a Parmesan.

  6. Erinn April 17, 2018 at 8:49 am - Reply

    This is so incredibly creative! I love roasted egg plant 🙂

  7. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups April 17, 2018 at 8:14 am - Reply

    This is so lovely! Can’t wait to give it a try.

  8. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real April 17, 2018 at 7:20 am - Reply

    You make so many delicious looking sheet pan meals. My list of recipes to try always grows when you post one!

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