Make the grocery experience a fun one. Find a recipe with an ingredient you and/or your family does not typically eat and buy that ingredient next time you go to the grocery! Or let the kids look around the produce department and select something they think looks interesting to try. This is a great way to explore new dishes and expand your horizons. Some suggestions of atypical items may include: spaghetti squash to replace noodles in lasagna or eggplant to replace chicken in eggplant Parmesan.
Here’s Liz’s recipe for Eggplant Paremesan Bake. It’s super simple and quick to make, also great for those who are trying eggplant for the first time!
2 medium eggplant, sliced ½” thick
4-6 cloves fresh garlic, roughly chopped
10 large basil leaves, roughly sliced
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cups fat-free cottage cheese
1 cup 2% milk mozzarella cheese
¼ cup Italian breadcrumbs
Layer sliced eggplant in casserole dish. Sprinkle garlic and basil and integrate between layers. Spread cottage cheese over top. Pour diced tomatoes over layers and spread evenly, lightly shaking dish to force some towards the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over entire casserole and spray with non-stick cooking spray or oil. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove cover, spread mozzarella across top and bake uncovered for 15 minutes until cheese starts to brown and bubble. Remove and let sit for 5 minutes before cutting.
Serves 6. Just 200 calories per serving!