Beef and Eggplant Casserole

Beef and Eggplant Casserole

Oh my, the past three weeks have been crazy! First, I had to move my blog to a new host. My former one emailed me a few weeks ago basically saying that my blog had too many visitors and they couldn’t handle it anymore. Sounds like a good news, right? Having more and more people coming over here makes me happy, that’s for sure! But switching host is definitely a hassle, big time! I don’t how I could have done it without my tech boyfriend Solal. Well, actually I know. I couldn’t, so I would have had to hire someone and it would have cost me an arm and a leg. *I’m lucky to have a geek at home* Now it’s all done but I lost the last three recipes in the process :( Fortunately, I had written down everything in my recipe drafts book, but it’s a mess and I’m currently trying to understand what those signs and arrows mean. I’m just hoping I didn’t make any last minute changes in the recipes because obviously I don’t remember it.

Besides from my technical adventures, we were also looking for a new home! We had to leave our current apartment by the end of August and needed a new one. I honestly couldn’t say how many emails I wrote and phone calls I made to real estate agents. And I think we are close to 20, if not 30 inspections. I may sound like a very difficult person looking for the perfect place that doesn’t exist, but actually I was just looking for a decent dog friendly apartment. And apparently 90% of the units in center Sydney are not pet friendly. When they were, they were either crappy or too small – at least in our price range. So I decided to temporarily burry my dream of having a Boxer dog and we’ve finally found a place I’m very excited about. If you know Sydney, we are moving from Darlinghurst to Paddigton. It’s a lovely area with beautiful houses and shops, and the biggest park of Sydney is about 2 seconds away. Perfect for weekend picnics :) I’ll give you a tour of the neighborhood soon! We’re moving on Monday , I can’t wait for all this to be over so I can finally relax a bit!

Beef and Eggplant Casserole

Beef and Eggplant Casserole

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Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: Serves 5

Serving Size: 1/5th

Recipe adapted from Elle à Table
Cal: 426 - Protein: 35g - Fat: 23g - Carbs: 17.5g - Sugar: 7.3g - Fiber: 10g
WW Old Points: 10 pts - Points+: 10 pts

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 eggplants, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 3/4 cup marinara sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • About half a bunch of fresh basil, leaves chopped
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 cup grated light mozzarella

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add 1 tbsp olive oil and cook eggplant slices for about 5 minutes on each side and set aside. Cook them in batches and add some olive oil when necessary.
  2. While eggplants are cooking, prepare the beef mixture. Heat another skillet over medium heat and add 1 tbsp olive oil. Cook garlic for about 1 minute (do not let it brown), then add ground beef and break it into pieces with a wooden spatula. Cook for about 5 minutes and add marinara sauce. Stir well and cook another 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and add basil. Drain excess liquid to make sure you don't end up with a soggy casserole.
  3. In a baking dish (I used a square baking dish), arrange one layer of eggplant, one layer of beef mixture and one layer of parmesan cheese. Repeat (eggplant, then beef, then parmesan) and finish with a layer of eggplant. Top with mozzarella cheese and bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is golden brown and starts to be crispy. Serve immediately.
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Comments

  1. Susan says

    Hi Marie,
    So glad to know you found a good apartment and that you were able to make the host change successfully. I had to do the same thing just over a year ago, and it was not fun. It is great news that more people have found your blog – it’s the first one I found and still my favorite. :-) I’m happy to report that my husband likes the recipes I’ve made from your site, and I hope he’ll like this one, too. I hope your move goes very smoothly.

  2. holly says

    just made this recipe & posted on instagram (@hollycarotenuto) gave you a little shout out! this was so simple & good, found you through pinterest & look forward to trying more recipes :)

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