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GreenLite Recipe: Eggplant Involtini

This is a simplified and low carb version of a more traditional eggplant involtini recipe where the eggplant is baked in the sauce. In this version, the eggplant is grilled and stuffed with a ricotta cheese filling with no eggs, so baking is not necessary. However, if you like, you can put the involtini in a baking dish, and bake at 350 degrees F. until the cheese is bubbly and begins to brown.

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 large eggplant, sliced lengthwise, 1/4 inch thick – aim for 8 slices
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 cup low-fat mozzarella cheese (such as Trader Joe’s Lite Shredded Mozzarella)
  • 1 cup pasta sauce, no sugar added

Instructions

  • Lightly salt the eggplant slices and let stand up to one hour. (If you’re short of time, you can actually skip this step.)
  • Mix up the ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, pepper, nutmeg, and chives.
  • Wipe off the eggplant slices with a paper towel and brush them with the oil. Grill the eggplant, either on a grill pan or an outdoor grill. Cook for about 2-3 minutes per side. You want a little char on them, and you want them to be flexible but not overly soft.
  • Assemble. Put a heaping tablespoon of the ricotta mixture in the center of the slice, and roll or wrap lengthwise. Repeat with the other slices. Put each serving (2 roll-ups) on a microwave-proof plate. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the pasta sauce on top of each, and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the mozzarella cheese. Heat each plate until cheese on top melts. (Alternatively, you can put in baking dish, and bake in a 350 degrees F oven until the cheese on top is melted.)

Units per serving:

  • Protein: 2
  • Carbohydrate: 1.5

Nutrition facts per serving:

  • 185 Calories (83 calories from fat)
  • 9g Fat
  • 15g Protein
  • 10g Net Carbs

Original recipe from About.com’​s by Laura Dolson. A healthy adaptation by GreenLite Medicine.

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