A lot of the diet forums I read discuss substitutes for bread crumbs. When it comes to coating I'm going to go out on a limb and say there isn't a good one. On the plus side a little measure of bread crumbs goes along way.
One of my favorite dinner dishes these days is psuedo eggplant parmisean. I take a whole eggplant (approx 150 calores), slice it thin and grill it until it's tender all the way through. Then I layer it in a loaf pan with a sprinkle of bread crumbs, a splash of sauce and a sprinkle of cheese. I premeasure all the other ingredients out first so I use 1/3 cup of bread crumbs for the whole dish (110 calories), 1/2 cup of cheese (140) and 1 cup of garlic spaghetti sauce mixed with a little water (maybe 1/4 cup) so it pours more easily (100 calories). I think pop it in a 400 degree oven until the cheese on top is melted and the sauce is bubbly; about 20 minutes.
With a medium large eggplant this will fill up the entire loaf pan and make either a really large dinner at 500 calories or more usually I'll eat half with a small side of pasta and a salad and pack half for lunch the next day. It's not terribly photogenic and isn't as good as the freshly fried eggplant parmisean you'll find at a lot of italian places but it beat frozen hands down in taste and none of the restaurant versions come close calorie wise. I'm not kidding when I say this is a *lot* of food.
Low Calorie Gourmet:Low on Calories; high on taste
- On breadcrumbs