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Baked eggplant Parmesan is an easy romantic meal to make for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day.   Use a tres leches cake baking kit to add a delicious sweet end to your dinner.

eggplant parmesan

When I was single, I used to dream about the gloriously romantic Valentine's Days I would celebrate when I was married.  Then I got married and had kids – so much for that dream!  I've come to terms with spending Valentine's Day at home, but I still try to plan a romantic meal for my husband and I to enjoy after the kids have had a heart shaped pizza for dinner.  Because we're trying to eat healthier this year,  I decided to go vegetarian and see if I could convince my husband that baked eggplant Parmesan is as good as his fried chicken Parmesan.

eggplant parmesan

Baked eggplant Parmesan is really easy to make, but there are a few steps involved.  Eggplant has a lot of water in it so I prefer to “sweat” it before I cook it.  Just slice the eggplant and salt the slices.  Let the sit in a strainer for about an hour before cooking.

eggplant parmesan

Dry the sweated eggplant off with a paper towel and then coat with the flour mixture.  Place the slices on a rimmed baking sheet that has been lightly greased.   Bake for 40 minutes, turning the eggplant over halfway through.

eggplant Parmesan

Now the good part! You will need a tasty marinara sauce for the eggplant Parmesan.  I tried Buitoni pasta sauce for the first time and it was delicious in this dish.  I found the Buitoni sauce in the deli section at Walmart.

eggplant parmesan

Spread one entire package of sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Can you see the chunks of veggies in the sauce? Yum! Lay the slices of eggplant on top of the sauce.

eggplant parmesan

Spread half of the other tub of Buitoni sauce on top of the eggplant slices and then sprinkle with cheese.   Bake for about 20 more minutes until the dish is warm and the cheese is melted.

eggplant parmesan

Baked Eggplant Parmesan Tropical Tres Leches Cake

Serves 2     adjust servings

Preparation 1 hr, 5
Cook Time 1 hr, 25
Total Time


  • 1 large eggplant, sliced
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 containers Buitoni pasta sauce
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheese such as Parmesan and mozzarella
  • 1 Nestle Tres Leches Baking Kit
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil in liquid form
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk in a can
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • Whipped cream and maraschino cherries


  1. Sprinkle eggplant slices liberally salt. Let stand for 1 hour. Wipe slices with paper towel to remove most of the moisture.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, garlic powder, oregano and basil. Coat each slice with the flour mixture.
  4. Bake the eggplant slices on a rimmed baking sheet lightly greased for 40 minutes, turning the slices over midway through cooking. Remove from oven.
  5. Spread one container of Buitoni pasta sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking pan. Place the eggplant slices in a single layer on top of the sauce. Cover the slices with half of another container of pasta sauce. Cover the sauce with cheese.
  6. Bake the eggplant Parmesan for 20 minutes or until the dish is heated through and the cheese is melted.
  7. Prepare cake batter according to package directions using coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. Once batter is ready, mix in fresh pineapple. Pour batter in to prepared pan and bake according to package directions.
  8. Mix together the 2 cans of milk in the kit plus 1 cup coconut milk. After removing cake from the oven, allow it to rest for 5 minutes. Follow package directions.
  9. Serve each slice of cake with a dollop of whipped cream and maraschino cherry.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 1691kcal Calories from fat 983
% Daily Value
Total Fat 109g 168%
Saturated Fat 73g 365%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 378mg 126%
Sodium 4657mg 194%
Carbohydrate 110g 37%
Dietary Fiber 24g 96%
Sugars 55g
Protein 76g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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11 comments on “Baked Eggplant Parmesan with Tropical Tres Leches Cake: An Easy Romantic Meal

  1. Wow! This looks delicious! Thanks for linking up to the Weekend Wind Down Party last week! Hope to see you there this week 🙂

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  3. I have never cooked eggplant but i think I could make this! Thanks for coming over and sharing at The Weekend Retreat hope to see you back on Thursday!! 

  4. I would love to sit down to this meal, your Eggplant Parmesan and Tres Leches Cake look delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and enjoy your weekend!
    Miz Helen

  5. This looks like a perfect romantic meal and I may have to try it. Thanks for sharing and linking up with us at the #WWDParty – Happy Valentine’s Day.

  6. I really want to make both of these They both look great. Thanks for linking up at Tell Me About It Tuesday. We hope you hop over and share with us again next week.

  7. Such a yummy recipe! Thank you so much! #client

  8. I love eggplant!!! I haven’t had any in a while and these pics are making me want to make this recipe! Pinning!!! #client