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Healthy in disguise…

Posted Jan 07 2011 11:07am

Soo you’re telling me this is a “healthy” version of baked cheesy eggplant manicotti?

That’s riiiiight.  I rarely buy or use cookbooks…even though I somehow have a whole shelf of them.  I impulse ordered this book from Amazon while I was laying on the couch in Vermont before the holidays…and it might be my new favorite.  This book is all about lower calorie versions of popular “comfort foods”, like buffalo chicken, nachos, burgers and chicken parmesan.  Every dish is under 350 cals.

All of the pictures in the book are mouthwatering and then it’s shocking to see calories per serving for these recipes..~250 cals for eggplant stuffed with cheese and then covered with cheese?  I thought it had to be too good to be true.

I followed Rocco’s recipe for Eggplant Manicotti almost exactly, but only made 3/4 since my eggplant wasn’t large enough to slice 8 times.  I used part-skim ricotta and mozzarella.  I also added some chopped fresh garlic to the ricotta filling and used my favorite Muir Glen jarred sauce.

My apartment seriously smelled like an amazing Italian restaurant while this was in the oven.  I was hoping and praying it was going to taste as good as it smelled.

Ohhhhhh it did.  This was the tastiest baked eggplant dish I’ve ever made!  It was also incredibly easy to put together.  It’s quite similar to my eggplant rollatini …but I confess, it’s better.

If this dish is any indication of the other recipes in the book, I can’t wait to try more!

What’s your favorite cookbook?

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