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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

Low Carb, Healthy, Eggplant Parmesan

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This low-carb, healthy eggplant parmesan is a lightened up version of the classic Italian dish. Made without breadcrumbs, each slice is low in calories and low in fat, without compromising on flavor.

healthy eggplant parmesan pizza topped with basil leaves, served on a white plate

I was talking to one of my friends recently about how she LOVES Eggplant Parmesan, but always feels guilty eating it because it’s loaded with fat & calories. It’s kind of unbelievable that a vegetable can be made to be so unhealthy, but at most restaurants Eggplant Parm can run you upwards of 800 calories and 35g of fat (like Olive Garden’s Eggplant Parm)! That is just way too much for one meal.

Luckily you can enjoy this traditional Italian recipe totally guilt-free, without having to compromise on flavor. My version takes the eggplant slices and instead of breading and frying them, uses the oven to make them nice and crispy. Then we turn them into mini “pizzas” by topping them with marinara sauce, cheese and fresh aromatic basil. Each portion of this made-over eggplant parmesan is less than 100 calories and has less than 4g fat!

ingredients for healthy eggplant parmesan: marinara sauce, basil, cheese, eggplant slices

How to make Healthy Eggplant Parmesan – Step by step

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange the eggplant slices on a baking sheet, spray lightly with olive oil cooking spray, sprinkle them with salt & pepper.

eggplant slices on baking sheet, before roasting in the oven

Bake for 15-20 min until slightly crispy. Remove from oven. Top each eggplant slice with 1-2 Tbsp sauce, 1 Tbsp Mozzarella cheese and 1 Tbsp shredded Parmesan Cheese.

healthy eggplant parmesan - eggplant slices on baking sheet topped with marinara sauce and cheese, before roasting

Bake 8-10 min until cheese is bubbly. Top with basil before serving.

healthy eggplant parmesan displayed on a white plate with fork and knife

What makes this eggplant parmesan recipe healthy?

  • It’s not breaded and fried like traditional eggplant parmesan. Instead, it’s baked in the oven to get that same crisp-ness without all of the extra fat and calories!
  • Less cheese and more sauce!
  • Fresh herbs that add flavor totally guilt-free
  • It’s gluten free thanks to the lack of breadcrumbs.

How do you reheat eggplant parmesan?

Healthy eggplant parmesan is a really great option if you are looking for a meal that you can batch cook for meal prep. It will keep well, covered in the fridge for about three days, and you can reheat it in the microwave, or in an oven at 350ºF until it is warmed through.

Is eggplant good for you?

Yes! In general, all veggies are good for you. But eggplants are great because they are packed with fiber, minerals, and antioxidants — which help fight inflammation and free radicals. They are very nutrient dense, which means they have a lot of vitamins and minerals without a lot of calories. They are part of the nightshade family, and so they contain alkaloids — so it’s something to watch out for if you are someone who struggles with IBS or autoimmune conditions. And if you are trying to avoid nightshades, you can substitute sweet potato slices or zucchini slices instead of eggplant in this recipe.

closeup bite of healthy eggplant parmesan with knife and fork

Top tips to make healthy eggplant parmesan

  • Keep the skin on the eggplant slices, it is full of nutrients!
  • Salt the eggplant for 20 minutes before roasting — this will cut down on bitterness and will help make the eggplant more crispy when you bake it (since salting the eggplant removes a lot of the water content).
  • Choose an eggplant that has shiny and smooth skin, and is a bright, vibrant purple color. If the eggplant has wrinkled or dull skin, it’s probably too old. Pick an eggplant that’s slightly firm to the touch – not one that feels mushy or soft.
  • As far as side dishes, you can serve this with lentil pasta or whole wheat pasta, a big green salad, or other roasted veggies!

Be sure to check out these other healthy and easy weeknight recipes!

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Print Recipe
5 from 9 votes

Healthy Eggplant Parmesan

Enjoy a classic eggplant parmesan without the guilt!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 76.4kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 4 Eggplant Slices
  • Olive oil spray
  • 8 tbsp Your favorite marinara sauce
  • 4 tbsp Fresh shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 4 tbsp Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Chopped fresh basil
  • Salt & pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange the eggplant slices on a baking sheet, spray lightly with olive oil cooking spray, sprinkle them with salt & pepper, and bake for 15-20 min until slightly crispy.
  • Remove from oven. Top each eggplant slice with 1-2 Tbsp sauce, 1 Tbsp mozzarella cheese and 1 Tbsp shredded Parmesan Cheese. Bake 8-10 min until cheese is bubbly. Top with basil before serving.
  • You can also serve the eggplant with 1/2 cup cooked whole wheat or lentil pasta for a complete meal. Enjoy!

Notes

    Top tips to make healthy eggplant parmesan
    • Keep the skin on the eggplant slices, it is full of nutrients!
    • Salt the eggplant for 20 minutes before roasting — this will cut down on bitterness and will help make the eggplant more crispy when you bake it (since salting the eggplant removes a lot of the water content).
    • Choose an eggplant that has shiny and smooth skin, and is a bright, vibrant purple color. If the eggplant has wrinkled or dull skin, it’s probably too old. Pick an eggplant that’s slightly firm to the touch – not one that feels mushy or soft.
    • As far as side dishes, you can serve this with lentil pasta or whole wheat pasta, a big green salad, or other roasted veggies!
    Adapted from FoodNetwork

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1eggplant slice | Calories: 76.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3.4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7.4mg | Sodium: 296.9mg | Potassium: 245.7mg | Fiber: 2.2g | Sugar: 4g
    This low-carb, healthy eggplant parmesan is a lightened up version of the classic Italian dish. Made without breadcrumbs, each slice is low in calories and low in fat, without compromising on flavor.
    This low-carb, healthy eggplant parmesan is a lightened up version of the classic Italian dish. Made without breadcrumbs, each slice is low in calories and low in fat, without compromising on flavor.

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    Appetizers are the perfect complement to my favorite entrees and dinner party menus. You can also make a small batch for a snack, or turn them into a complete meal.

    27 responses to “Low Carb, Healthy, Eggplant Parmesan”

    1. This is such a great, healthy alternative to eggplant parm. I love that it’s almost like pizza too, can’t wait to try this!5 stars

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