Eggplant Rollatini with Rosemary-Maple Chicken Stuffing

When it comes to cooking a dinner that’s sure to please everyone, you really can’t go wrong with the classic Italian meal. The problem? Italian dinners are notorious for pasta, bread, cheese… and that’s not even to mention the wine! All of which are delicious— yet none of which are a clean eater’s friend! With just a few simple tweaks, this clean eating Italian-inspired meal is a flavorful and healthful way to enjoy a classic meal.


Tomato Basil Sauce

1 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes

1/4 cup red onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped

1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped

1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped

1-2 packets truvia/stevia

sea salt and cracked pepper to taste

In a lightly oiled pan over medium heat, sauté red onions and garlic until tender. Add in the basil, oregano, and thyme; sauté together until fragrant. Lastly, pour in the can of diced tomatoes. Season with stevia, sea salt, and cracked pepper to taste. Simmer over medium heat until bubbly. Remove from heat to cool; blend thoroughly in a blender or with an immersion blender.


Eggplant Rollatini with Rosemary-Maple Chicken Stuffing

1 large eggplant, sliced lengthwise

1 lb ground chicken

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped

1/2 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped

1/2 tablespoon pure maple syrup

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 egg white

sea salt and cracked pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×13 inch baking dish by spooning a thin layer of the tomato-basil sauce onto the bottom of the baking dish; this helps prevent the rollatini from sticking to the bottom of the baking dish.

In a bowl, mix together ground chicken, rosemary, sage, maple syrup, garlic, egg white, sea salt, and cracked pepper. Spoon chicken sausage onto the eggplant slices, and roll the eggplant into rollatinis— ensuring that the edges are secured underneath. Arrange in rows in the 9×13 inch baking dish.

Lastly, spoon more of the tomato basil sauce over top of the eggplant rollatinis. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken sausage stuffing is sufficiently cooked. Enjoy!

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