Crispy Eggplant and Tomato Rice Bowl

This Crispy Eggplant and Tomato Rice Bowl with basmati rice is an upgraded version of classic Eggplant Parmesan that’s sure to inspire your tastebuds!

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Cooking time
PREP TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 20 mins
Servings
SERVES 4
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 40 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Success® Basmati Rice
  • 1 cup tomato sauce, heated
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 small eggplant, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1/2 bunch rapini
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, torn

Instructions

  • This hearty and satisfying, meat-free dish makes a great weeknight dinner. Loaded with delicious flavors and textures, it’s hard to beat!

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions. Preheat oven to 425˚F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

    Step 2

  • Toss rice with tomato sauce in a medium bowl; keep warm.

    Step 3

  • Place flour in a shallow dish. Place eggs in a separate shallow dish. Combine ground almonds with Parmesan in another shallow dish.

    Step 4

  • Dredge eggplant slices in flour and shake off excess. Dip into eggs, letting excess drip off, then dredge in almond mixture until well coated. Repeat with remaining eggplant slices and arrange in a single layer on prepared baking sheet.

    Step 5

  • Arrange rapini in a single layer on a separate baking sheet; drizzle eggplant and rapini with olive oil. Season with salt. Bake, turning once, for 18 to 20 minutes, until eggplant is tender and rapini is lightly charred.

    Step 6

  • Divide rice evenly among 4 plates. Top with roasted eggplant and rapini. Sprinkle basil over top.

    Recipe Tip

    To make this dish more indulgent, top each serving with fresh mozzarella or burrata cheese.

Elevated Rice Bowls

This elevated rice bowl has a great mixture of colors and textures, and is loaded with delicious flavors! Start with a base of aromatic and fluffy Success® Basmati Rice blended with your favorite tomato sauce, either store-bought or homemade. Then, coat the eggplant with flour, egg, ground almonds and Parmesan cheese and bake to crispy, golden perfection. Layer the eggplant on top of the rice and serve with a side of tender, green rapini. Weeknight meals don’t get much better than this!

Adding fresh herbs or topping this dish with cheese, such as mozzarella or burrata, elevates this rice bowl even more. Want more tips? Take a look at our ideas for elevating all of your meals in a bowl.

Meatless Meal

This dish is a great meal to prepare for Meatless Monday, as it’s loaded with grains, vegetables and taste! For more options, take a look at our tips for 4 simple ways to eat Meatless on Monday.

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