Monday, January 29, 2007

MilFauxlicious Fried Eggplant Parmigiana

Although I haven't actually joined the Future Milfs--- Girl Exposed, Mamma, Mrs. Mayhem and Oh, The Joys! etc., I've been cheering from the sidelines and doing a little dieting of my own.

I'm happy to say that I'm down 7 pounds, but that hardly made a dimple in my butt, so there isn't any cause to celebrate yet!

Luckily for me, the guys will eat almost everything I put in front of them, and they love Italian. So when the store had a huge sale on eggplant, I stocked up to make Eggplant Parmigiana.

I was talking to a friend about it, and mused over the phone that since I "faux-fry" the dish, it's relatively low in fat and calories. She asked me for the recipe, and as I was writing it down, I decided to see how fattening it really is. I put the recipe into Weight Watcher's recipe builder and into a Calorie counter, and wow! It's not bad at all!

So here is my Milfauxlicious Fried Eggplant and Eggplant Parmigiana recipe! You can click on the pictures to make them bigger.

If anyone wants to post their own Milfaliciuous recipes, put them on your blog and send me a link. I'll post it!

Makes 6 Servings

MilFauxlicious Fried Eggplant only: 3 Weight Watchers Flex Points per serving or 220 Calories

MilFauxlicious Fried Eggplant Parmigiana: 6 Weight Watchers Flex Points per serving or 345 Calories

3 pounds raw eggplant
1 cup Old London Bread Crumbs, Plain (sometimes I use Shake and Bake, but that adds to the count)
3/4 cup Egg Beaters
Garlic powder
Black Pepper
Italian Seasoning
Pam Butter Flavor Cooking Spray
1 pound sliced mushrooms

1 1/2 cups Ragu Mushroom Pasta Sauce
3 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese, finely grated
2 oz Reduced Fat Parmesan-style Grated Topping

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line two baking sheets with foil. Spray liberally with Pam Cooking Spray.

Peel and slice eggplant into 1/2 inch rounds. Depending on the size/shape of the eggplant, the number of rounds will vary. Just divide the total by 6 when you're portioning out serving sizes.

In a bowl, mix bread crumbs, Italian Seasonings, Garlic Powder, Salt and Pepper to taste. Since we're not actually going to encrust the eggplants, I tend to go heavy on the Garlic Powder and Italian Seasonings. I only use a small amount of salt---it's easier for everyone to add to their taste on their own plate.

Pour the Egg Beaters into a separate bowl.

Dip the eggplant rounds into the Egg Beaters, then dip into bread-crumb mixture on both sides. Line them up on the baking sheets.

Give the top of each round a short blast with Pam before putting in the oven.

Bake for 25 minutes, flip them over and bake for 15 more until golden brown and crispy on both sides.

At this point, if you just want eggplant, you can stop and eat them to your heart's content. I love this stuff!

For the Eggplant Parmigiana:

In a non-stick frying pan, "steam" cook mushrooms until tender. You don't need any oil for this, but you have to keep adding water to keep the mushrooms from sticking to the pan! Start with a cup and add more if needed. When mushrooms are done, drain and set aside.

Arrange eggplant on a plate.

Drizzle 1/4 cup of sauce across the top. All you need is a little drizzle to enhance the eggplant, not cover it up as you do with pasta, which is basically there to enhance the sauce.

Add mushrooms.

Sprinkle 1/2 oz shredded Mozzarella and 2 shakes of Kraft Grated Topping.

Microwave for a minute or two until cheese is melted.

Enjoy! It's Milfalicious!


Litzi said...

Hi Attila,
Congratulations on losing 7-pounds! It’s not easy to diet when you’ve got to prepare meals for other people and watch them eat all the things you crave….

Thanks for the Fried Eggplant Parmigiana recipe; it sounds delicious and relatively easy to put together. I’m always on the lookout for meatless entrees to serve to carnivores that don’t involve tofu or soya beans.

Attila the Mom said...

Thanks Miss Litzi! Actually all the guys could stand to lose a few, so if they want junk, they're just going to have to eat it somewhere else for awhile! LOL

Anonymous said...

hey attila great job on the weight loss...I haven't been paying much attention to my own...I am still in my 14's but have developed the dreaded muffin ...suppose I best do something about that...

Not a fan of eggplant myself but the recipe does sound yummy ..can you substitute a different veg in it ???

Anonymous said...

I love eggplant! I think it gets a bad rap because of its name...

Your recipe looks so good, I may just have to try it.

Beth said...

I copied your recipe. And I love your explicit directions. I need that kind of thing. Hate it when some recipe says, "Cook until done." How do I know if it's done if I've never cooked it before?

(Losing 7 pounds made a dimple in your butt? Gaining weight puts dimples in mine! That cellulite thing...)

Nikki said...

I'm going with quinn on this...I'm not a big fan of eggplant.

Sounds kinda yummy though

Rootietoot said...

The recipe looks grand! Are those your pictures? You have Franciscan Rose dishes? Argh...I want them.

Nomad said... looks awesome...
I'm going to print it out and put up on my cupboard to make this week!!

TBG and I both want to loose 20 lbs this year!!Thank's and what a good idea!!

I have an awesome cauliflower soup recipe I will post.

Flawed And Disorderly said...

Your plates are sooo pretty! That looks so yummy! I wonder why I thought you were a MILF? All I know is that you've more than doubled my weight loss! Woo hoo! I'm so impressed with you!

Also, I'm always laughing really hard at the comments you leave on my blog. I totally suck for not getting here daily like I know I should, but my hubby probably stops by five times a day, so that counts towards credit for me! He tells me all about what's going on with you! Ha ha! Gotta love Ironman. He is a precious one!

Anyway, I'm so grateful you keep stopping my blog even though I'm a poor reciprocator (sp?) Please keep leaving your funny comments!

Mr. Fabulous said...

It's good and good for you!

Kudos on the weight loss!

Attila the Mom said...

Quinn---I have no idea. I've been thinking about trying it with zucchinni, though!


Beth---the scales says 7, but I don't see it anywhere! LOL

Nikki---well fine! More for me! ;-)

Rootie---Well I had to make use of the new camera, you know. LOL I grew up with the Apple plates. I just love the desert rose ones!

Nomad---Yum, can't wait to read it!

Girlie Girl---I love dropping by your blog too!

Fab---Hey, nice to see you! Thanks for coming by!

Robbiegirl said...

Sounds yummy, and I'll definitely try it.

I'm pretty sure we don't have Egg Beaters over here so I'll have to use actual eggs, but I don't care about the cholesterol anyway!

Thisnk I might pass it on to my brother, who's vegetarian, as well.

Thanks! :)

Queen of the Mayhem said...

Wow! Sounds like you are WELL on your way to being HOT! That recipe sounds good! Let me ask you this. ( WARNING: I am about to show my ignorance!) My kids are not huge fans of vegetables...they come by that honestly. To what would you liken the taste and texture of an eggplant? As of yet, I have not tried one myself! I realize, if I am ever going to truly embrace my inner MILF, I have to broaden my horizons. Of course, that is NOT easy for me! I am willing to try. My thought was, fixing this and calling it something else. Catch my drift? In other words, is there something similar to the taste that I could tell my insanely picky family it is? Thanks! 7 pounds is awesome!

BTW- I found a family sized Lean Cuisine lasagna in the frozen food section. It has less than 250 calories a serving and it looks good! I will have to let you know if it is any good.

Unknown said...

Yummy! Congrats on the 7 pounds! I'm down 6. I've just been counting calories. Being skinny is fun-in theory. I've never actually been there!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Attila I like zuchini so ...if you wouldn't mind having a go at it with a zuchini and then let me know ...thanks LOL>

carmachu said...

Looks pretty good.

And congrats on losing 7 pounds. WTG.

Mom O Matic said...

You're kicking our MILF asses with a 7 pound loss! Join us!

Ally said...

congrats on the 7. it is a big deal. i'm proud of you. ya know, i'm usually hungry at this time of night, but i got some eggplant cravings.

Attila the Mom said...

Anna---I use Egg Beaters mostly for convenience, because it's premixed and there aren't those squiggly sticky blobby bits to worry about. LOL

Mari---Woohoo on the 6! Thanks for dropping by!

Quinn---you're lucky my guys like zucchinni! I'll test it---maybe next week?

Carm--thanks Bud!

Lotta---I think the only reason that I'm kicking a$$e$ is because I have more to lose than those other skinny girls. ;-) That last 10 on a skinny carcass is really hard to shed. LOL

Ally---I love eggplant. I think I could eat if for a meal a day for a month and not get tired of it!!

Queen Mayhem---I saved you for last, because this is the longest.

I can't REALLY equate the taste of eggplant to anything else, because taste is so personal, you know? If you've read the commments, some people love it, some don't.

And the taste/texture depends on how you cook it.

If you fry or oven-fry it, it's crispy on the outside and tender on the inside---kind of like a french fry. Maybe if you cut it into strips, you can fool the kids into thinking it's a different kind of french fry. ;-)

As for myself, I don't give two poops whether or not the family will eat it. I'm lucky in that they will. But I'd make it for myself just cuz I love it! There are cans of Chef Boy R Dee Raviolios in the pantry if they want something else. LOL

Eggplant doesn't have an overwhelming taste. It's somewhat meatyish in texture, hence the use as a substitution for meat in a lot of vegetarian dishes.

Just be sure to cook it thoroughly, or else it will taste bitter. This is NOT a veggie you can eat raw. Blech! Ptew! Ptew!

Here's a good link on it:

Anonymous said...

Thank, they're worth trying! Weight issues = the story of my life :( and it is awful to see how my DS have got my DNA... But with recipes like this, it is easier :)

Robbiegirl said...

I think aubergine (okay, okay, eggplant!) kind of reminds me of mushroom. Not sure why.

Which is weird because I like it, but don't really like 'shrooms.

I hear if you sprinkle salt on the slices and leave them in a colander for 15 minutes, then rinse and dry with kitchen paper, it draws some of the bitter flavour out. I can't tell the difference though!

It's also good made into a sort of fake lasagne - you use not-too-thick slices instead of the pasta. It absorbs the sauce well, but has less calories. Sort of like moussaka, but without all the grease!

Brenda said...

Mmmmmmm looks and sounds delicious!

RC said...

wow, that looks delicious!

Samantha said...

Unless it has chocolate on, I probably won't eat it :D

Anonymous said...

I like the recipe! I shall try it :] ♥

Oh, and WTG on the weight loss!

Anonymous said...

I've never actually had eggplant before. But that's not why I'm writing. I was staring and staring at your pictures, wondering what was "wrong" to me. I know! Because it looked like the pictures were coming from my mom's kitchen, and it was freaking me out a little. You see, you and her have the same dishes. :) It's a pattern she loves, and replaces as things break etc. - but I've never seen them in anyone else's home before. Thank God, you're not my mother. Our past exchanges would have made me finally go over the edge.

Litzi said...

Hi Attila,
As banal as it may sound, perhaps you might want to do a “recipe exchange” post. A lot of people have shown interest in your Fried Eggplant Parmigiana; perhaps some of them have got lo-cal healthy entrees they’d like to share. I’ve got an old standby Curry Chicken concoction that’s lite on the fat and zingy to the taste buds that I’d be willing to divulge.

It’d be like hosting a 1950’s Tupperware® Party…..ho hum!

tomshideaway said...

I don't know Attila, I'm not into diets....I love butter and cheese I mean all those substutes..who knows what they might do !!
6'2" 205lbs and it only shows a little!

Unknown said...


DutchBitch said...

The Kid thinks it looks nasty... So I guess that solved my problem of not knowing what to make for dinner tonight

*satanic laughter*

Unknown said...

Congratulations! 7lbs is really good.

Your parmigiana recipe sounds very nice - well it does now that I have Googled egg plant and know what it is. I have always been partial to egg plant (or aubergines as they call them here) I just never know what to do with it.

Oh and yes, I am up for this Sunday's Gasbag review - I have seen a lot of gargage recently, but I have a particular stinker in mind.

Pendullum said...

Yeeeheewwww!!! Congrats Attila...
I am doing a happy dance to the kitchen and wishing that I had some eggplant in da'house...

Good on you... School and a diet... And a coupon queen is there ANYTHING you can not do???

Queen of the Mayhem said...

ATM- thanks for the explanation. I ran it past Mr. Mayhem, and it was met with less than stellar excitement. I still copied it down. It sounds delish! Who knows, one day I may just spring it on them!

Anonymous said...

The recipee sounds yummy but my Italian grandmother would beat me senseless with a hard salami if she caught me using Ragu.

You know, something about that didn't sound quite right....hmmmmm.

stinkypaw said...

That recipe does read yummy, except for the jarred sauce - I'll use my own!

Congrats on the 7-pounds - keep it off!

Terri@SteelMagnolia said...

I don't believe you.

If you want to know why, go to:

Attila the Mom said...

Boo back at you, Trish! LOL!!

Me said...


OhTheJoys said...

I somehow totally missed this post -- maybe

Oh, I guess this was the week I was away maybe.

Anyway, I wanted to thank you for the recipe and the link!