What is it about this time of year that turns me into a domestic diva? Maybe because it’s finally cool enough to be able to turn the oven on? Whatever the reason, I have a sudden, uncontrollable urge to cook healthy, unprocessed stuff.
I haven’t been to Trader Joe’s in ages, but the last time I went they had frozen fried eggplant slices that I used to like to have in sandwiches and for eggplant parmesan. Lately, I’ve been craving them, so today I made a batch of oven fried eggplant, which serves the same purpose and is a lot healthier.
Granted, this isn’t any sort of cutting edge recipe. It’s more of an idea, I think. But wevs. Do with it what you will.
Behold, the ingredients:
That’s it. Egg whites, eggplant, and bread crumbs. Of course, you’re also going to want to have some cooking spray and salt & pepper on hand.
Pre-heat your oven to 450.
I peeled the eggplant because sometimes the skin can be a little tough. But that’s up to you. After that, cut them into half-inch slices and dredge them in the egg whites and breadcrumbs.
Liberally spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and lay the slices on it. Salt and pepper to taste, then spray (again liberally–pretty much everything I do is liberal) the tops. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn them over, giving them one last spray for good measure. Bake for an additional 10 minutes.
Note: Another method (which is tastier, frankly) is to brush the cookie sheet with olive oil, then drizzle oil on the slices instead of using the cooking spray. Keep in mind that I wanted to keep mine as low-calorie as possible, so I used cooking spray instead.
This is what you end up with:
Let ‘em cool and then put them in a freezer bag and freeze for future use. Or, make yourself a vegetable sandwich or a a batch of eggplant parmesan as soon as they come out of the oven. This is my favorite eggplant parm recipe, which you should seriously consider making at your earliest convenience.