Stuffed Eggplant

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Now I know many people are hesitant to turn on their ovens right about now, but I promise you it’s worth it for this.

Vegetarian Stuffed Eggplant

Recipe yields 2 servings, 5 pts+ each. Printable version here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 shallot
  • 1/2 cup white beans (or other beans)
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 oz part-skim mozzarella
  • salt and pepper

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Next, cut your eggplant in half length-wise.

Make diagonal slits through each half of the eggplant, staying about 1/4” (or so) away from the edge like this:

Now, make slits going the other way so they crisscross:

At this point, you want to remove the flesh from the middle of the eggplant halves. You can do this with a spoon:

Or you can pull the pieces out with your fingers. I did a combination of the two:

Don’t fret if you mess up and make a little hole in the eggplant shell like I did:

You can just patch it up with a little piece of eggplant from the middle like so:

No one will ever know.

Take your two eggplant shells and place on a greased baking sheet (or sheet pan if you don’t have a baking sheet like me…)

And bake in your preheated oven for about 15 minutes while you make the filling.

Chop up your veggies:

And also chop up the meat of the eggplant a bit so it looks like this:

To start the filling, heat a pan up over medium heat and then use some nonstick spray before adding in the onion.

After 3-4 minutes, the onion will start to get a little translucent and then you want to add the rest of the veggies – garlic, shallot, and eggplant.

Stir everything around and then cover it and let cook for about 10 minutes. You want all the veggies to be cooked through and the eggplant to start looking a little translucent:

Once it looks like that, add in your beans and some salt and pepper:

Mix to combine and let cook for about 30 seconds until heated through.

By now, your eggplant shells should have cooked for 15 minutes and are ready to be stuffed.

Divide the veggie mixture between the two halves:

Then top each one with half the cheese, 2 tbsp panko crumbs, and a touch of salt and pepper:

Now they are ready to go back in the oven, so place them in there for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. After those ten minutes are up, turn the oven up to 425 and let them cook for another 10 minutes until the top is browned and the stuffed eggplants are cooked through.

And then they are ready to eat!

These are seriously so delicious and filling, that I didn’t even eat anything on the side and I was satisfied for hours. They also hold up amazing as leftovers, and were just as filling for lunch the next day. The panko crumbs gave it a nice crunch, and the cheese got all melty and tied everything together.

Every bite is full of flavor and deliciousness, and the possibilities for flavor combinations with these are endless.

You can try them with different veggies, different protein, different cheeses, different spices, and I’m sure any way you do it they will be amazing, filling, and super healthy.

Enjoy!

Do you ever turn on the oven in the summer or do you tend to mostly do stovetop or no-cook meals?

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32 Comments on Stuffed Eggplant

  1. Katie
    July 14, 2011 at 8:51 am (6 years ago)

    These look delish! My boyfriend and I both love eggplant and I’m always trying to come up with creative ways to serve it. This definitely hits the spot! It sounds really wimpy, but before I had central AC I ate A LOT of sandwiches and salads, ha. Now that we’re in a spot where turning on the oven won’t heat the apartment for the rest of the night, I’m all about the oven and stove, though we also grill as much as possible in the summer as well. Love this!

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    • Beth
      July 14, 2011 at 9:03 am (6 years ago)

      If I didn’t have central air, I DEFINITELY wouldn’t turn on the oven!!

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  2. Groff's Girl
    July 14, 2011 at 9:12 am (6 years ago)

    Augh, I have been using my stove/oven EVERY day it seems. What is worse, we have no AC in our house, and it is MUGGY outside! I end up feeling like I am in a sweat house by the time I am finished cooking everything. To top it off, I make 2-3 different dinners every night in my house…one for me, one for the Hub and our youngest, and one for my oldest son..he can eat barely anything without having a meltdown about textures, etc. I think I should turn in my hat that says “I will do what everyone wants me to do”, then let them cook for themselves 😉

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  3. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    July 14, 2011 at 9:13 am (6 years ago)

    As long as I have the AC on I have no problem turning on the oven — although I do try to avoid it as much as possible.

    This looks delicious Beth!

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  4. Lisa @ Lisa Letting Go
    July 14, 2011 at 9:30 am (6 years ago)

    I still use my oven all the time in the summers. I’m obsessed with roasted veggies and you can’t do those on the stove!

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  5. Nina
    July 14, 2011 at 9:59 am (6 years ago)

    wow Beth those eggplants look so delicious, I can’t wait to try making them. I always use my oven in the summer months, with central ac, it’s never hot in my kitchen.,

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  6. Mary
    July 14, 2011 at 10:09 am (6 years ago)

    That looks so tasty! I love your recipes…keep them coming 🙂

    I turned on my oven last Saturday night to make your lasagna bundles. My friends really enjoyed them.

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  7. Ashley @ CoffeeCakeandCardio
    July 14, 2011 at 10:14 am (6 years ago)

    This looks awesome!!! I have turned my oven on a few times… although the food was rockin’, I regretted it afterwards… it just gets too hot.

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  8. Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle
    July 14, 2011 at 10:24 am (6 years ago)

    Wow. Where do you get these ideas? I wish I was this creative in the kitchen. Looks delicious!

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  9. Amy @ Conquering Self
    July 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm (6 years ago)

    Looks delicious like always! Can’t wait to try them! Right now in California it hasn’t been too hot and I can usually use the oven whenever I need to without it being unbearable…but when I move back to upstate NY in a few weeks, I have a feeling that will change completely!!

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  10. Weighting For 50
    July 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh Beth! This recipe looks like a KEEPER!!!! Thanks for sharing!!! (it’s been bookmarked into my “must try” folder! Have a great day.

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  11. sam
    July 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm (6 years ago)

    They look amazing!!! Oh my goodness! I need to make that asap!

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  12. Pickynikki
    July 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm (6 years ago)

    I use oven all year long… central air makes it possible! 🙂 Will have to try a version of that, eggplant makes my mouth itchy?!? It’s weird i know, but I might try it with zucchini! Thanks for the recipe, keep them coming!

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  13. Katy
    July 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm (6 years ago)

    This maybe a stupid question as I have never had eggplant…. Do you eat the shell?

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    • Beth
      July 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm (6 years ago)

      No such thing as a stupid question! And yes, you do eat the shell! I do, at least. 😉

      Reply
  14. Dee
    July 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm (6 years ago)

    Air Conditioning has saved the oven-cooked meal over the summer!

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    • Tanya
      July 15, 2011 at 1:47 pm (6 years ago)

      I was going to ask the same ? Katy! =)

      Reply
  15. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt
    July 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm (6 years ago)

    I love eggplant! I’m so glad I gave it a second try as an adult. Love this! Looks so filling!

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  16. Jenny
    July 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm (6 years ago)

    I do use the oven all year round though I prefer not to.

    (and P.S. it completely boggles my mind that not everyone has HVAC. But at the same time, I know not every part of the country has heat like AZ, but STILL! I would die. That is all)

    🙂

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  17. sarahsscrumptioussamplings
    July 14, 2011 at 5:38 pm (6 years ago)

    Love eggplant and this recipe looks delicious! I’m glad that leftovers are good because I have to make my dinner ahead of time during the work week so I need recipes that taste yummy reheated!

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  18. Chetney (Czesia's Adventures)
    July 14, 2011 at 11:29 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m going out to buy eggplant asap…I’ll try it (eggplant and I haven’t had the best bond).

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  19. Heather
    July 15, 2011 at 12:26 am (6 years ago)

    I’ve got several eggplants in the garden that should be ripe soon. I can’t wait to try this. I cook in the oven about once a week during the summer. The rest of the time it’s mostly out door grilling or stovetop.

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  20. Kari
    July 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm (6 years ago)

    My mom used to make fried eggplant when I was little and man did I love it. I’m thinking I definitely need to give these a try as they look delicious, and I’m sure much healthier than the fried version my mom used to make!!

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  21. Brenda C
    July 21, 2011 at 1:07 am (6 years ago)

    My friend, Jill, just introduced me to your blog (I’m on WW but she’s not), thank you for posting the points on this. I cannot WAIT to try this recipe…it looks and sounds AMAZING! Thank you!

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  22. christine
    July 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm (6 years ago)

    i’m making a variation on this recipe for dinner tonight! we like cooking outside in the summer (although i get a little burnt out on all the meat). Fortunately my garden is starting to produce beautiful squash:) i still bake though because i love to have my whole wheat/flax/banana muffins. In the winter i will make a loaf, but i do muffins in the summer so the oven is on for only 25 mins as opposed to an hour.

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    • Beth
      July 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm (6 years ago)

      Ohh I’m so excited you’re making this!! It’s one of my favorites. And I totally agree – cooking outside definitely trumps cooking inside in the winter. Grilled tofu, shrimp and veggies – YUM! I also want to make grilled pizza, which I haven’t yet done.

      Reply
  23. Lauren
    August 4, 2011 at 9:56 am (6 years ago)

    I made this last night and loved it. Didn’t use shallots and maaaaaybe just a bit more cheese than called for haha. It was great. I will def make it again and probably soon since I had the world’s largest eggplant and used your recipe in only one half.

    Thanks for a great dinner idea!

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    • Beth
      August 4, 2011 at 9:58 am (6 years ago)

      So glad you tried this and liked it! I’ve been thinking about making it again soon because you can use lots of different things in your fridge/pantry to stuff them. Yum!

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  24. Jill
    August 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm (6 years ago)

    I was avoiding the blog because I foolishly thought that your eggplant would be stuffed with some gooey chewy bad for me things. Not cannot wait to make this!!!

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  25. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    September 16, 2011 at 8:31 am (6 years ago)

    I LOVE EGGPLANT!!! And I love anything that you can “stuff” and bake!
    I am definitely trying this (though I might have to throw some marinara on top!!) Perfect for the cooler weather that’s coming! 🙂

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  26. Katie @ Oh Shine On
    January 3, 2012 at 8:12 pm (5 years ago)

    These look delicious! I’ve thought about coming up with a similar recipe that uses zucchini and calling them “zucchini boats,” but I just haven’t gotten around to it. Coming across this post may have come at the best time, as I just bought some zucchini and have all those ingredients at the ready. So glad to hear how satisfying they are. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Linda
    September 30, 2013 at 11:39 pm (3 years ago)

    I can’t wait to make these. I love your website. I am just getting started and using your success to inspire this gramma! How many WW points are these? Thank you for posting all of this information, Beth!

    Reply

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