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Baked Stuffed Aubergine Parmesan

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This Friday we’ll be preparing stuffed aubergine with penne in a marinara sauce. From this moment on I will substitute the name aubergine with eggplant. The name aubergine just seems sophisticated, but the recipe will revert to eggplant to avoid confusion among fellow USA readers.

photo credits to @  Annemarie

photo credits to @Annemarie

Serves 4 hungry people:

  • 2 large eggplants (or 4 small)
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 5 small portobello mushrooms, chopped
  • 14.5 ounces canned diced fire roasted tomatoes, or crushed fresh tomatoes
  • 6 kalamata olives, sliced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, low moisture
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh, chopped parsley


Preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, 260 degrees Celsius. Slice eggplant in half, lengthwise and scoop out the pulp leaving 1/4 inch border all around. Set the pulp aside in a bowl to use in the sauce.

Brush inside and outside with some olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Place on a baking tray lined with foil. Bake in the oven for 6-7 minutes. Set the oven to the broil setting. Broil the eggplant on the middle rack for about 6 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, 204 degrees Celsius. Place the potato slices in a 9 by 13 inch baking tray. Drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil over them and season with salt, pepper, and oregano on both sides. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. Leave the oven on at 400 degrees.

To make the sauce, combine the onions, garlic, and olive oil in a saucepan and cook over medium heat about 15 minutes or until soft and golden. Stir often and reduce the heat if the onions and garlic begin to brown too fast. Smash the garlic with a wooden cooking spoon.

Add the chopped mushrooms to the pot and cook over high heat about 2-3 minutes. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Add the eggplant pulp and cook for 3-4 minutes, mixing so that it does not burn. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Mix in the diced tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano, and 1.4 cup water. Cook 20-25 minutes on medium heat and mixing often. Add some more water if necessary. The sauce is ready when the eggplant is soft and breaks down to create a thick, rich sauce. If after 25 minutes there is too much liquid in the pot, increase the heat to high and cook while stirring until it thickens. Stir in the sliced olives with the parsley. Taste seasoning and add more salt and pepper if needed.

Place the eggplants over the baked potato slices. Add mozzarella cheese and place inside each eggplant. Distribute the sauce evenly into each eggplant and top with the remaining crumbled mozzarella cheese. Bake in the center rack for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and top with the parmesan cheese. Return to oven and bake 15 more minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with the pasta of your choice. Toss the penne pasta with the remaining 1 cup of marinara sauce.

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So, what's the purpose of eating? To meet nutrient demands? Satisfy taste buds? Quench hunger? Knowing your purpose is essential because it's the main factor driving your decision-making.

A person can eat to satisfy hunger, for pleasure or for nourishment. If you only eat to satisfy your hunger you'll consume anything, the cheaper and more filling the better. If you eat purely for pleasure you'll choose whatever stimulates the taste buds the most, overconsuming salt, sugar, and fat. And if you solely consume foods for their nutritive qualities you'll tend to be a restrictive, perhaps even a boring and overbearing person who doesn't particularly enjoy food.

For us, food is more than nutritional substance. The act of eating is a complex multi-dimensional experience that should nourish the physical, emotional, mental, and more subtle aspects of our humanity. When we nourish all aspects of ourselves through food, a nutritional system becomes intelligent and can even be a source of self-knowledge. By paying attention to our eating habits we gain the perspective necessary to learn what foods enrichen our experience and extend our life expectancy. A true high-performance nutritional system should strive to satisfy hunger, experience pleasure, and nourish the body with nutrients.

    Imagine simultaneously satisfying hunger, experiencing pleasure and nourishing the body. Without a doubt, this (re)evolutionary approach will enrichen your life physiologically, emotionally, mentally and intuitively! Don't let this wisdom slip through your fingers, go out with friends and family (which is a big part of the pleasure factor) and see if you can get all three in a single meal. Then write to tell me how you did.

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