Hey all you WeightWise-ers! I am refreshed and recharged after this weekend…how about you??? Besides painting part of my house this weekend (yep, it’s pretty now), I tried out some new recipes. I love to experiment in the kitchen, especially with the more uncommon vegetables….like eggplant.
Eggplant Manicotti and Turkey Sausage Balls
First, preheat your broiler to the high setting.
Start the eggplant by it lengthwise into about 1/4 in. slices. Sprinkle with salt and soak in water for about 15-20 minutes.
In the meantime, place all ingredients for the sausage balls (the last 6 ingredients, in a bowl and mix with hands. Don't be afraid to get those hands dirty! Roll a portion of this mixture between your hands to form about 1 inch balls and place on a non-stick baking sheet.
*Tip: you could also use a small ball scoop to make these*. Place these in your oven on 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.
Let's get back to the eggplant. Pat the slices dry and place on broiling rack in a single layer. Spray with Pam and place about 3 inches under the heat source.
Let the eggplant cook about 3 minutes, remove, flip each slice and return to the broiler for another 3 minutes.
Once the eggplant is done (it should be soft and slightly browned), scoop a small amount of ricotta cheese on each slice. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and basil.
Lastly you will roll the eggplant from the small (short) end toward the bigger end- like a jelly roll. Stick in the oven for 4-5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with marinara sauce.
What is something new you have tried lately??