Quinoa Crusted Baked Three-Cheese Zucchini and Eggplant Parmesan.
Great cozy comfort meal on a rainy summer day!
Course: Main Course
Keyword: cheese, eggplant, parmesan, zucchini
1inmedium eggplantsliced 1/2 inch slices
2insmall to medium zucchinissliced 1/2 inch slices
1cupwhole wheat panko bread crumbsmay use regular or [gluten free | http://www.amazon.com/Aleias-Gluten-Panko-Crumbs-Original/dp/B008PA9TUE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1405535558&sr=8-2&keywords=gluten+free+bread+crumbs] if needed
3/4cupfreshly grated parmesandivided
16ounceswhole or part-skim ricotta cheese
1clovegarlicminced or grated
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
4-6cupsof [your favorite pasta sauce | https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/crockpot-brown-butter-marinara-sauce/]
8ouncesfresh mozzarella cheesesliced
your favorite cooked pastafor serving
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet or line with parchment.
In a medium bowl combine the quinoa, bread crumbs and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese. In another smaller bowl whisk together the eggs.
Working in an assembly line dip the zucchini and eggplant slices through the eggs and then dredge them through the quinoa mixture, very gently shaking to remove excess. Place on the prepared baking sheet and continue with the remaining zucchini and eggplant slices. If you are having trouble getting the quinoa to adhere to the veggies, just sprinkle the quinoa over both sides of the veggies and place on the baking sheet. It will bake together in the oven. Sprinkle the veggies generously with salt and pepper. Spray lightly with cooking spray or olive oil spray. Bake for 25-30 minutes rotating the pan after 15 minutes. The veggies should be lightly golden and crisp.
Meanwhile, add the remaining 1 egg, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, basil, garlic and crushed red pepper to a bowl. Mix until smooth.
Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish or other dish equivalent in size. Spread about 1-2 cups of pasta sauce on the bottom.
Place a layer of zucchini and eggplant over the sauce. Spread half the ricotta mixture over the zucchini and eggplant. Spread another cup or so of pasta sauce over top. Layer with more zucchini and eggplant, saving a few for the final layer. Sprinkle the veggies with the fontina cheese and then add the remaining ricotta mixture plus another cup or so of sauce. Add the remaining zucchini + eggplant and then pour the remaining sauce over top. Cover tightly with foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, remove and top with the mozzarella. Bake un-covered for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling. Serve with hot pasta and fresh parmesan.
*Adapted from [Cooking Light | http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/eggplant-parmesan-10000002011044/]