Eggplant Lasagna with Crunchy Quinoa

veggie eggplant lasagna quinoa crunchy topping low carb

A delicious new take on a veggie lasagna. Instead of using noodles, this recipe uses sliced eggplant and zucchini. But the twist? A cheesy, crunchy quinoa topping!


  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese *
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted *
  • 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt *
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided *
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • 1 eggplant, cut into ¼ inch thick slices
  • 2 zucchini, cut into ¼ inch thick slices
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • Parsley, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350. In a small bowl, stir together quinoa and parmesan. Pour melted
    butter over mixture and combine well. In another bowl, mix together Greek yogurt, 1
    cup cheese, oregano, and basil. Set aside.
  2. In a baking dish, pour in a small amount of the marinara sauce and spread to coat the
    bottom. Use about 1/3 of the eggplant and zucchini and make the bottom layer. Top
    with 1/3 of the marinara sauce. Dollop half of the yogurt and cheese mixture on top of
    that. Spread out ½ cup of the shredded mozzarella cheese. Cover with ½ cup spinach
    leaves. Repeat entire step for another layer of everything.
  3. To finish the dish, top with the last of the eggplant and zucchini. Spread remaining
    marinara. Top with the quinoa and parmesan mixture. Bake uncovered in the oven
    about 45-50 minutes, letting it get brown and bubbly. Garnish with parsley, if desired.


*To make this dish dairy-free, use vegan parmesan, butter, yogurt, and cheese.