I have been on my South Forbes Diet for a week now and have lost about 4 pounds. But I am climbing the walls without any rice, bread, noodles, sugar, etc. I have eaten so much salad our pet rabbit is worried I am eating some of his rations. So, the other day, I decided to splurge a little and have some eggplant â€œParmigianoâ€ style. I figured eggplant was a vegetable and the cheese was high protein (ignore all the fat, thanks) so this worked as part of my diet. First, I sliced three western style eggplants into half-inch thick disks and fried them in vegetable oil (you can use olive oil but the dish can get a bit heavy tasting) and dried them on paper towels. Classic recipes ask that you salt the eggplant first to remove excess liquid, then dredge lightly in flour before cooking but I skipped these steps because of extreme hunger and a desire to stay away from refined wheatâ€¦
Next I opened up a can of whole peeled tomatoes, chopped them roughly and placed them in a pan with some olive oil for just a few minutes after it hit a simmer. Next, I sliced up some mozzarella cheese thinly and grated some good parmesan cheese. To assemble place one layer of eggplants at the bottom of a heavy casserole dish, then put some tomato sauce on top, some mozzarella, some parmesan and some ripped up basil leaves and repeat the procedure until you run out of eggplant. On the top, place a heavy sprinkling of parmesan (I added mozzarella too). Put this into an oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20-25 minutes until the cheese on top is done and it has bubbled a bit. If there is too much liquid, remove some of it with a spoon. Serve with some bread and a salad for a delicious vegetarian meal. I ate it with a thin slice of turkey breast meat and ignored the amount of fat I had just ingested. This eggplant parmesan also tastes great several hours later or even the next few days after it is made. If you want a really good classic recipe, Marcella Hazan has one in one of her earlier cookbooks. Otherwise, this is a very common dish and loads of recipes are available for it.