Healthy Eggplant Parmesan Recipes
There are some flavor combos that are always good, no matter the weather or time of year. From classic Eggplant Parmesan to Vegan Eggplant Parmesan and Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan, we have a cheesy, crispy, veggie-loaded recipe for everyone (and almost every kind of diet!).
EatingWell's Eggplant Parmesan
This lighter take on eggplant parmesan maintains all the flavors of the classic dish but is baked instead of fried. There are also 11 grams of filling protein in this hearty vegetarian side dish.
Vegan Eggplant Parmesan
Classic eggplant Parm is filled with cheese, but this vegan eggplant Parmesan combines nondairy mozzarella cheese with nutritional yeast for a dairy-free cheesy substitute that gives you the comfort food factor without animal products. For the breading, use egg replacer, which you can find in natural-foods stores and the special-diet section of large supermarkets.
Hasselback Eggplant Parmesan
The coolest way to make classic eggplant parm—and easier too! Use the hasselback technique to make partial cuts into the whole eggplant every ¼ inch or so to fill up with melty cheese, flavorful sauce and crunchy breadcrumbs.
Eggplant Parmesan doesn't have to include layers of deep-fried eggplant and mountains of cheese. This healthy eggplant Parmesan recipe has is satisfying without piling on the calories and fat. Don't skip the step of salting the eggplant, especially if you want to freeze one of the casseroles. Salting helps to draw out extra moisture so the eggplant holds up better in the freezer. Serve with a salad of bitter greens tossed with a red-wine vinaigrette. This recipe makes enough for two 8-by-8-inch casseroles (four servings each)—have one for dinner tonight and freeze the other for a night when you don't have time to make dinner.
Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan
This cheesy baked eggplant Parmesan has no breading, which means it's easier to make than the traditional version. There's no dredging or frying—instead, the eggplant is roasted until tender before being layered in the casserole dish with a tangy homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. And without breading, this satisfying eggplant Parmesan is also gluten-free!
No-Noodle Eggplant Lasagna
Satisfy your craving for cheesy, indulgent lasagna with this noodle-less version. Roasted eggplant slices stand in for noodles in this low-carb, gluten-free lasagna.
Eggplant Parmesan Pizza
Eggplant Parm is spun into a pizza with grilled eggplant, marinara, fresh basil and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
For this healthy take on baked eggplant Parmesan, we've swapped out the traditional mozzarella and Parmesan cheese for Cheddar. A simple tomato sauce and a sprinkle of fresh basil brighten up the flavors in this easy dinner that'll please the whole family. Try it the next time you have a bumper crop of eggplant!
Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich
Our healthier eggplant Parmesan sandwich uses tender, smoky grilled eggplant instead of fried, so it has a fraction of the fat and calories. To make these sandwiches a cinch to prepare, make sure to have all your ingredients ready before you head out to the grill.
Open-Face Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches
This cheeseburger and eggpant Parm fusion recipe is a winning combination. Breaded eggplant slices are topped with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and a delicious grilled lean beef burger—it's American classic meets Italian restaurant favorite! To make it a complete meal, serve with spaghetti with a side of steamed vegetables.
Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Focaccia
Eggplant parmesan is always a special treat, but it's even better served up on a slice of grilled focaccia bread!