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Slimming World Syn Free Aubergine Parmigiana (Melanzane)

A seriously incredible Slimming World friendly aubergine dish.  With a rich tomato sauce and cheese & herb breadcrumb topping.

This yummy dish is also syn free if you wish on the Extra Easy eating plan or 12 syns per portion when divided between 4.  (Scroll down for full syn and healthy extra breakdown).

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people
Author Tastefully Vikkie

Ingredients

  • Olive oil Frylight
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme or 3 sprigs of fresh
  • 4 400g Tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4 large aubergines thinly sliced lengthways
  • 60 g Parmigiano Reggiano (One that is allowed as a Healthy Extra B) *I used Tesco Finest
  • 2 small Warburtons wholemeal roll (or 4 slices from a small Healthy Extra B allowed loaf) Blitzed in to breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts (1 tbsp is one person's Healthy Extra B)
  • 140 g low fat mozzarella (70g is one person's Healthy Extra B)
  • Sprinkle dried basil or as many fresh leaves as you like

Instructions

  1. In a deep based pan, spray with frylight and gently saute the garlic and thyme for around 5 minutes.

  2. Now add the tomatoes and balsamic vinegar and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. While you wait, spray a large frying pan with frylight and gently fry (or grill if you wish) both sides of the aubergine slices until softened and set aside.

  4. Preheat your oven at 200c (or gas mark 6) and in a large mixing bowl, mix together 25g of the parmigiano reggiano, all the breadcrumbs and leave to one side.

  5. Then using a large deep baking dish, spoon some of the tomato sauce and spread around as a base.

  6. Now create a layer of aubergine slices and season before spooning over more sauce.

  7. Sprinkle a few pinches of mozzarella here and there with some parmigiana and sprinkle of basil and repeat the layers, finishing with tomato sauce at the top.

  8. Finally sprinkle over the remaining parmigiana, followed by the breadcrumbs, sprinkle with pine nuts and more basil.

  9. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes and garnish with basil or parsley in my case. 

  10. If you loved it, don't forget to tag me on Instagram @TastefullyVikkie with a photo and buon appetito!

Recipe Notes

TO SYN OR NOT TO SYN?

Each serving between 4 people is all of one's Healthy Extra A and B on the Extra Easy plan.  I'll break it down for you...

70g of low fat mozzarella = 1 per person's HE A *(Or 6 syns)
30g of some Parmigiana Reggiano brands = 1 person's HE A *(Or 6 syns)
1 small Warburton's roll *(Or 6 syns) Or 2 slices from a Hovis Nimble Wholemeal loaf *(Or 5 syns) = 1 person's HE B 
1 tbsp of pine nuts = 1 person's HE B *(Or 6 syns)

With this recipe, you will have used all of your Healthy Extras.

If synning, each portion = 12 syns.  If you want to reduce the amount you use, then it's your call of course!