Eggplant & Mozzarella Stick Roll-Ups

Eggplant & Mozzarella Stick Roll-Ups

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From: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2016

In this healthy dinner recipe, wrapping tender slices of eggplant around frozen mozzarella sticks yields eggplant Parmesan-like results in a fraction of the time. Serve with a green salad for an easy meal.

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  • 8 frozen mozzarella sticks
  • 1 medium eggplant (about 1 pound)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt plus ⅛ teaspoon, divided
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup finely diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

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  1. Preheat oven according to directions on mozzarella stick package.
  2. Trim eggplant. Cut off the sides to make it somewhat rectangular and even, then cut lengthwise into eight ¼-inch-thick slices. Place the slices on another baking sheet. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Mash garlic and ⅛ teaspoon salt with a fork. Transfer to a bowl and mix with tomatoes, basil and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Set aside.
  4. Bake mozzarella sticks according to package directions.
  5. Meanwhile, blot the eggplant slices with paper towels. Sprinkle with the remaining ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Line another baking sheet with paper towels.
  6. Lightly beat eggs in a shallow dish. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Dip 2 eggplant slices in the egg, letting excess drip off. Cook the eggplant until brown on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes total. Transfer to the paper-towel lined baking sheet. Repeat with 2 more eggplant slices. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Cook the remaining eggplant in 2 batches, adjusting heat as necessary.
  7. Remove the paper towels from under the eggplant. Roll up a hot mozzarella stick in each eggplant slice. Bake the roll-ups until hot, about 5 minutes. Serve with the reserved tomato sauce, garnished with basil, if desired.
  • Mozzarella Sticks: Opt for a brand that has added sugars as close to the end of the ingredient list as possible. Aim for less than 250 mg of sodium per serving. Our Favorite: Alexia Mozzarella Stix with Olive Oil & Italian Herbs

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 roll-ups and ¼ cup sauce
  • Per serving: 264 calories; 16 g fat(4 g sat); 5 g fiber; 20 g carbohydrates; 10 g protein; 51 mcg folate; 103 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 783 IU vitamin A; 10 mg vitamin C; 138 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 446 mg sodium; 505 mg potassium
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  • Exchanges: ½ starch, 2 vegetable, 1 medium-fat meat, 1½ fat

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