Power of Cheese

Ounce for ounce, Parmigiano-Reggiano has one of the highest protein amounts of any cheese. Combined with ricotta, this meal provides 50 grams of protein.

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  • 1 Medium-size eggplant
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbsp Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 cup jarred marinara sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and place a rack over a large baking sheet.
  2. Cut the ends off eggplant. Cut it lengthwise into 1⁄4- to 1⁄2-inch-thick slices.
  3. Place eggplant on rack; add a pinch of salt and set aside for 15 minutes to release liquid; bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Mix ricotta, egg, and Parmigiano-Reggiano in a large bowl.
  5. Add mixture to eggplant slices and roll up tightly.
  6. Spread 1⁄4 cup of sauce in a 9-by-13 baking dish.
  7. Place eggplant rolls on top of sauce seam side down.
  8. Top with remaining sauce and bake uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes.
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