dinner poultry/meat/fish

eggplant & sausage parmesan.

So, I couldn’t technically call this dish a lasagna, because I did not use pasta.  I used eggplant strips layered with parmesan, mozzarella, tomato sauce, and… SPICY ITALIAN SAUSAGE!!!! (the best part of the dish, in my opinion)  I actually found hot Italian poultry sausage at Wegmans.  I took the sausage out of the casing and browned it.  It actually worked quite well!  It looks like a meat lasagna in the pictures.. but there is NO PASTA!

Honestly, I hate when people say I “don’t eat carbs” because if someone is watching what they’re eating or trying to lose weight, I would never tell them to “cut out carbs”.  I LOVE CARBOHYDRATES!  I love gluten.  I love cake.  I love toast, waffles, and pancakes.  I just eat the RIGHT kind of carbohydrates.  Vegetables and fruits are complex carbohydrates.  If you think bread is the only carb source out there, you’re wrong!  I go for whole grain, vegetables, fruits, beans, quinoa, and farro to name a few healthy carbs.  Anyway, onto the important stuff – the recipe!

RECIPE: (serves 2-3 people)

  • 3 links hot or mild Italian poultry sausage (or regular hot Italian sausage), meat taken out of the casing
  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1 15 oz jar tomato sauce, store bought (my favorite brand of pizza/spaghetti sauce is L.E. Roselli’s – found it at Wegmans)
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped


  • preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • in a skillet on medium-high heat, brown the sausage with olive oil (try to break it up just like ground beef)
  • cook for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • peel and slice eggplant very thinly longways
  • in a 5 x 8 baking dish, layer tomato sauce on the bottom
  • top with a layer of eggplant
  • spread another layer of sauce on top
  • sprinkle about 1/4 cup mozzarella & 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • spread 1/2 of the sausage on top of the cheese
  • repeat once more
  • finish the top off with one more layer of eggplant, sauce and cheese on top
  • sprinkle 1/2 of the fresh basil on top
  • cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes
  • take the foil off and brown the top for another 5 minutes
  • top with the rest of the fresh basil
  • enjoy!

By Gabrielle

food is my passion. i spend most of my free time looking for ways to make my recipes better, or even to think of new ones! i love making healthy (and TASTY) foods that will be an inspiration for people to get on track and start eating well and living life to the fullest!! love the life you live.

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