For the Casually Inclined

30 Minute Meal: For the Weekday Hero


Many of you know that feeling of having a meal prepared, and in the oven, before 6PM. It's a friggen, win. This meal in particular is one that can make life, just a little bit easier. It's meatless, so you're not left swearing mid-way through your day when you realize you forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer, and it only requires 8 ingredients, 5 of which you probably already have in your home. Oh, and it's delicious. Enjoy working Mama's, enjoy. 


  • 2 medium eggplant - sliced into 1" slices
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt/pepper
  • prepared tomato sauce/or store bought
  • 1 ball fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • fresh basil leaves
  • panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, grated


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Place eggplant slices onto foil. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt/pepper. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes until softened.
  • Prepare tomato sauce, slice moz, wash basil while eggplant is baking.
  • Remove eggplant from the oven and top each with a thin slice of mozzarella, return to oven and remove when cheese is melted (about 5 minutes).
  • While eggplant is in the oven, in a small bowl combine panko and Parmiggiano.
  • To assemble, stack three pieces of eggplant, if possible decreasing in size as you go up. Add a tablespoon of tomato sauce, and 1 basil leaf.
  •  Prior to serving garnish with 1 teaspoon of panko mixture.

SOURCE: Bell'alimento