Skinny Eggplant Roll-Ups

Prep Time 20 mins Cook Time 40 mins Serves 4     adjust servings

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!

Ingredients

  • 4 Japanese Eggplants
  • 1 lb. skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 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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