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Eggplant Lasagna


Talk about plant power. I have been looking for a simple, easy eggplant lasagna recipe E V E R Y W H E R E but couldn’t find one that didn’t use cheese or pasta sheets. So I made my own…. and now I can’t stop eating it. Helppppppp

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Eggplant is a great low-calorie and nutrient dense alternative to pasta if you are gluten-free and is even enjoyable grilled in a little olive oil. It’s also quite impressive cut in thin strips, grilled, filled with tuna + avocado, rolled and then baked in the oven, topped with flax seeds. (Complete food porn right there)

Typically eggplant lasagna is multiple layers of base sauce, “cheese sauce” and eggplant (borrrrinnnnnggg) but I love to incorporate as many vegetables as possible, where possible, so I decided to add a pop of colour and used spinach, pumpkin and broccoli in the same layer as the eggplant. And organic chicken from last nights dinner in between … but that’s optional, of course.

As for the “cheese sauce” – its cheesy. but without the cheese. I used nutritional yeast flakes (am i the only one who thinks they look like fish flakes?) which are high in vitamins B; contains all 18 amino acids; and is vegan, gluten, dairy and soy free… in coconut cream with egg, instead of blocked cheese. Very tasty and a 3.5 outta 5.

Keen to put your creative minds to use? This recipe has 3 parts to it: the tomato base, the “cheese”, the layers. All up, it took just under 1 hour to make.

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Serves: 4-6  |  Time: 1 hour

[TOMATO BASE]

  • 1 can / 1.5 cups peeled tomatoes
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup chicken (OPTIONAL)
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  1.  Combine all ingredients, stir and boil on stove top. Remove and let cool until warm.

[‘CHEESE’ LAYER]

  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes (also known a yeast flakes)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  1.  Whisk eggs and nutritional yeast until eggs are beaten, then add coconut cream and whisk again until combined smoothly.

[LAYERS]

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • 2 broccoli floret cut like seen above in picture.
  • ‘Cheese’ layer
  • Tomato Layer

[C O N S T R U C T I N G]

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Grill off eggplant in a pan to remove any extra water.
  3. Then, choose a deep square or rectangle dish. I chose a 30cm x 30cm based on eye judgment from the size of my chosen eggplant.
  4. Using a small ladle, spread a thin layer of tomato base onto the bottom of the pan – enough to colour – followed by a thin layer of cheese, then eggplant and spinach. REPEAT until you have run out of each layer BUT make sure the TOP is FINISHED WITH THE CHEESE LAYER to ensure a cheesy and crisp finishing upon removal from oven.
  5. Place in oven and cook for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Serve with a big fresh salad, sweet potato, crackers or enjoy on its own.

 

– Love, Kaelli

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