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Monday, January 12, 2015

Eggplant Roll-Ups #EatHealthy15

I am so excited welcome Mary Ellen from Recipes Food and Cooking. I met her through a few Facebook groups that we're in together - and she has put together a few giveaways that I have participated in. She shares tons of yummy recipes too! Be sure to stop by her blog and enter to win the NINJA Supra Kitchen System that she is giving away! Round out dinner by checking out Cupcakes & Kale Chips for some Healthy Desserts or The NY Melrose Family for some Healthy Snack Ideas in our #EatHealthy15 Series.

This Skinny Eggplant Roll Up recipe makes the perfect side dish or a main dish if you serve it with a serving of pasta. They almost melt in your mouth!

Eggplant Roll Ups

Eggplant Roll-Ups

Hi everyone, I am Mary Ellen and I blog over at Recipes Food and Cooking. I'm excited to be here to share this delicious Skinny Eggplant Roll Up recipe with you. These make the perfect side dish or a main dish if you serve it with a serving of pasta. They almost melt in your mouth.

This was such an easy recipe to make healthier. I used skim ricotta, low fat mozzarella and watched the fat content on the jarred marinara sauce I was using. I also added some spinach for added nutrition. Every little bit helps and I guarantee you won't miss a thing when you make this dish.

I used Japanese Eggplants to make these eggplant roll ups. Japanese eggplants are smaller than the regular globe eggplants we usually see, they are less bitter, have thinner skins and less seeds. When buying Japanese eggplants, the skins should be shiny and slightly firm to the touch. Soft spots are an indication they are not fresh. You want to see green on the tops.

Eggplant Roll Ups

To start with you need to slice the eggplants lengthwise just less than 1/4 inch thickness. Salt the pieces slightly and place in a drainer for about 15 minutes. You should see droplets form on the eggplant surface and I blot those off with a paper towel. Quickly saute the eggplant just enough to make it bendable, about 1 minute. Drain on a paper towel while you prepare the filling.

I made a filling with Skim Ricotta Cheese and fresh spinach that was lightly blanched. I used a prepared marinara sauce to save time making this a great weeknight dinner.

Eggplant Roll Ups


Skinny Eggplant Roll-Ups
by Mary Ellen @ Recipes Food and Cooking
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients 
  • 4 Japanese Eggplants
  • 1 lb. skim ricotta cheese
  • ⅓ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 large shallot - diced
  • 6 oz. fresh spinach quickly blanched
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon oil for frying eggplant
  • Prepared Marinara Sauce
  • 1 cup low fat mozzarella cheese

Instructions

1. Slice the eggplants into just under 1/4 inch slices lengthwise. Salt the pieces lightly and place in a drainer for 15 minutes. Blot lightly with paper towels. Add the oil to a pan and quickly fry the eggplant slices about 1 minute. Drain and let cool a few minutes.

2. Blanch the spinach. Squeeze out the excess water. Roughly chop the spinach. Add the spinach to the ricotta cheese in a mixing bowl. Add the shallots, salt and pepper, mix well.

3. Spray the pan you are cooking these in, a 8 x 8 dish will work fine. Spread a little of the marinara on the bottom of the pan.

4. Spread a couple of tablespoons of the ricotta mixture on the eggplant. Roll up tightly the best you can. Place seam side down in the marinara sauce. Repeat until you are done rolling them all. Top with additional marinara sauce.

5. Bake at 350°F covered for 25 minutes covered. Top with the cheese and cook another 15 minutes. Let set a few minutes before serving.

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6 comments:

  1. I am always looking for delicious recipes using Eggplant! This one sounds like a winner!

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  2. Wow looks awesome going to try this over the weekend! Thanks for share

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  3. These look delicious!! Love eggplant!

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  4. These look so good! I definitely need to try this. Pinning and stumbling!

    Found you on Fluster Buster. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I've been loving this series Jamie and the mister loves eggplant! Great recipe from Mary Ellen

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  6. Thank you for sharing! I made these last night and my 1 & 4 year old kids thought they were awesome. I just started weight watchers and they are also point friendly and full of flavor. Again thank you for sharing

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