Who else is a sucker for eggplant parmesan? Raise your hands!! oooh, me, me, me! (image of me raising my hand and holding it extra high with my other hand on my arm pit because everyone knows this actually makes your arm longer). Haha, remember how kids used to do that? I know the ANSWER, PICK ME!! I know you’re ignoring me, come on PICK ME TEACHER!
I absolutely love Eggplant Parm but we all know its full of all the bad stuff, like frying and pasta and cheese, blah blah blah. I decided to take all of the amazing flavors from eggplant parm, take out the frying part, take out the pasta part, add a slow cooker part and keep the delicious parts like tomatoes and eggplant and CHEESE. Ok, if you’re really good you can leave the cheese out but I’ve decided that cheese is always going to be a part of my life. I love it and it makes me happy and it actually doesn’t make my body feel weird (I know this happens to some people), so there. I said it. Cheese is here to stay.
This is basically a deconstructed eggplant parmesan. Instead of frying the eggplant in lots of fatty oil and breading, I made my own garlic bread crumbs and finished the eggplant off with a few sprinkles which added a nice crunchy texture. If you haven’t made your own breadcrumbs before, you should do it. So many store-bought bread crumbs have tons of added ingredients that you don’t want to be eating. Simply take some stale bread pieces, process them into crumbs in a food processor and toast them on a baking sheet for about 10-15 minutes in a 300 F oven. Add some salt, garlic powder & call it a day!
Know what I also love about this recipe? It takes like no time to make. Cut it up, throw it all in the slow cooker and you have a delicious dinner ready for you hours later. It makes great leftovers too!
Ok, you may be asking why I’m calling this a stew? I’m calling it a stew because it made me feel better about eating a bowl of eggplant and tomato sauce. A DELICIOUS bowl of eggplant & tomato sauce! It’s a stew. Sound good? Ok, good.
WHAT WILL MAKE ME HAPPY:
Today I’m asking you to do something that WILL make me happy. I finally got around to creating a facebook page for A Sunshiny Day. I figured I would stop bothering my friends with my daily recipe postings and actually post them to a page where people want to hear it. I’m trying to grow the page so I would absolutely LOVE if you took a second to go like my page.
Just visit the link, click “like” and don’t forget to make sure it shows up in your news feed by hovering over the “like” button and choosing “Show in News Feed.”
Thank you SO much in advance!! Love you guys!