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Preheat oven to 450? F. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in skillet and cook garlic and onion until they become aromatic and begin to brown. Add stewed tomatoes and 1 tablespoon dried oregano. once tomatoes begin to bubble, stir in tomato paste. Reduce heat to low, add salt and pepper to taste, cover and let simmer lightly while you continue.
Slice eggplant lengthwise in 1/4-inch slices. Spread out eggplant on rimmed cookie sheets sprayed lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Salt the slices generously on both sides, sprinkle with thyme, and lightly brush (fingers are fine) with the remaining olive oil. Roast eggplant in oven until tender and slightly browned. if using yellow squash, also roast briefly until soft and pliable. Remove and let cool enough to handle. Reduce oven to 375? F.
Meanwhile, stir together ricotta cheese, egg, remaining oregano, and 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese. In a 12x9 backing dish spread 1/4 cup of tomato sauce. Cover with 3 or 4 eggplant slices, then half of the roasted peppers, and then a third of the ricotta cheese mixture, followed by a third of the mozzarella. Sprinkle half the basil over cheeses, and then spinach and yellow squash (if using). Cover with more tomato sauce, eggplant, peppers, ricotta, mozzarell and basil. Top with remaining eggplant, tomato sauce, mozzarella and any remaining parmesan. Cover with foil and bake for about 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for about 15 minutes more or until cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown. Remove and let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (497g)|
|Recipe Makes: 6 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 129 (43%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 14.4g||19 %|
|Saturated Fat 7.1g||35 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 5.4g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 1g|
|Cholesterol 63.7mg||20 %|
|Sodium 911mg||31 %|
|Potassium 898.2mg||24 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 29g||9 %|
|Dietary Fiber 9g||36 %|
|Sugars, other 19.9g|
|Protein 17.5g||25 %|
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Calories per serving: 300
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