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Thursday, April 26, 2012

eggplant & mozzarella melt.

today, i made an extremely easy and delicious lunch... but first, today's workout:


it felt really good to get such a good sweat on during spin.  if you haven't tried spinning yet, jump on the bandwagon (or bike, more accurately).  it's fun and it's a fantastic workout.  note to self: spin more often.

for lunch today, i was craving an eggplant parm hero but instead of paying for takeout and then paying for the extra calories in the gym, i made a healthy and cheaper alternative.  it came out pretty fantastic if i do say so myself.  also, while it did satisfy my craving, i now find myself craving this exact same meal so i'm sure i'll be making it again sometime soon.

HEALTHY Eggplant & Mozzarella Melt



Ingredients:
  • one ciabatta roll (or any sort of italian bread - i picked the ciabatta roll because it was single serving size and only 170 calories)
  • small eggplant (sliced into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • one egg
  • salt and pepper
  • breadcrumbs (i used italian seasoned breadcrumbs)
  • tomato sauce
  • mozzarella cheese
Steps:
  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, lightly beat egg with 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/8 tsp of pepper
  3. In a shallow dish, pour 1 cup of breadcrumbs.
  4. Dip eggplant in egg (both sides).  Then coat both sides with breadcrumb and place on tinfoil on a baking tray.
  5. Bake eggplant (without turning) until brown (I left mine in for 18 minutes)
in the meantime...
  1. Slice bread and place cut side up.  i removed a little of the inside of the bread so that there was a bit of a "well" to hold the tomato sauce.
  2. Fill the "well" with tomato sauce.  i didn't measure this out, i just took a spoon and layered the tomato sauce on top of the two halves of bread.  i didn't want too much sauce, you can decide how much you want.
  3. when eggplant is ready, place slices on top of tomato sauce (save any leftover eggplant!)
  4. place mozzarella cheese on top of eggplant.  i used one slice of low fat mozzarella cheese on top of each half of bread. 
  5. place on baking sheet and bake until cheese starts to turn brown (i left mine in for 6 minutes)
delicious, easy, and guilt-free craving satisfaction!

what kind of food do you typically crave? i always crave things with bread and cheese.  pizza, anyone?

how often do you give in to cravings?  do you have any healthy alternatives to keep you in check?

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1 Comments:

At April 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM , OpenID healthylifehappywife.com said...

That sounds delicious! Will definitely have to try it!

 

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