Net Carbs
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Style: American
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Phase: Phase 3









How are Net Carbs Calculated?


  • 1.5 lb Eggplant
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • 4 tsp Garlic
  • 5 leaves Basil
  • 1 tsp Parsley (Dried)
  • 0.5 tsp leaves Oregano
  • 0.25 tsp Salt
  • 0.25 tsp Black Pepper
  • 15 oz Tomato Sauce (Canned)
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese (Whole Milk)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil, set aside.  Cut eggplants in half lengthwise. Drizzle with half the olive oil. Place cut side up and bake until soft about 30-45 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground turkey and garlic. Sprinkle with the basil, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper. Add sauce and stir well. Turn off heat, add half the shredded cheese and stir well. 
  3. Take eggplant out of oven. Scoop the eggplant out of the shell, taking care not to damage the skin. Stir the eggplant flesh into the turkey mixture. Set oven to broil. Stuff eggplant shells with turkey/eggplant mixture and sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Broil until mixture looks crispy, about 4-5 minutes depending on your broiler. Serve immediately.  
This recipe is by Staci Troilo, Main Dish Winner of our 2013 Get Cooking Recipe Contest.

How to Calculate Net Carbs

In order to calculate Net Carbs of any whole food item, it's a simple calculation based on the Nutrition Facts panel:

Total Carbohydrates - (Minus) Dietary Fiber = (Equals) Net Carbs

For low carb products sweetened with sugar alcohols (ie: glycerin, maltitol, etc), refer to the Nutrition Facts panel of the product:

Total Carbohydrates - (Minus) Dietary Fiber - (Minus) Sugar alcohol = Net carbs

This reflects the fact that Dietary Fiber doesn't impact blood sugar levels. Sugar alcohols also have a negligible impact on blood sugar, they too are subtracted from total carbs to yield the Net Carb count.