Vegan “Cheesy” Eggplant Pomodoro with Kale



2 eggplants, diced
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
4-6 cups cut grape tomatoes
1-2 T capers
8 cups kale, chopped
½ cup nutritional yeast
Sea salt and pepper to taste
3 T Olive oil

Place olive oil, onion, and eggplant in large skillet and sauté until eggplant begins to soften. Add tomatoes and capers. Continue to cook until tomatoes start to cook down. Add kale, salt, and pepper. Cook until kale is tender. Add nutritional yeast and stir. Toss with pasta or serve on toasted Italian or French bread.

Fresh Vegan Eggplant, Zucchini, and Tomato Gratin

Need to use up some of those summer zucchini and eggplants? Have a big batch of lovely huge tomatoes that need to be in your belly? This gratin recipe might just do the trick, and it’s lovely and filling, as well.IMG_1564


2 medium eggplants, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
4 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
2-3 large beefsteak tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup faux parmesan cheese
1 box panko bread crumbs
1 T dried Italian seasoning or fresh chopped parsley, oregano, and thyme
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium vegetable broth
3 T olive oil


Preheat oven to 375°.

Place panko, garlic, spices, faux parmesan, and salt in food processor or blender and pulse until combined and fairly fine.

Spray bottom of a 13×9 pan (unless nonstick) with cooking spray. Arrange one layer of eggplant on bottom of pan. Place one layer of zucchini on top of eggplant. Arrange 1 layer of tomato on top of zucchini. Spoon ½ of breadcrumb mixture over vegetables. Repeat layers.

Mix broth and olive oil and drizzle over top.

Bake at 375° for 1 hour or until vegetables are tender and crumb topping is browned.

Serve with a protein of your choice or a big salad.

Eggplant Non-Parm – Vegan Recipe



IMG_1029webFor Eggplant
2 eggplants (medium to large), sliced thinly
1 sleeves of wheat saltines, blended to a coarse powder (pretzels or will work)
2 cups panko bread crumbs (or increase the crackers)
3 cups flour
4 tsp salt
4 tsp ground pepper
1/3 cup nutritional yeast flakes
2 T Italian seasoning
4 cups soy milk or rice milk (unsweetened, unflavored)
1/2 cup white vinegar
olive oil

(note – depending on how big your eggplants are, you may need to do a second batch of the wet and dry mixes)

IMG_1032webFor marinara sauce
1 red pepper, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 medium onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups diced tomatoes
35 oz crushed tomatoes
2 T raw sugar
2 T Italian seasoning (or fresh basil and oregano to taste)
3 T olive oil
Sea salt and pepper to taste




For eggplant
Place soymilk in a shallow bowl and add vinegar.  Whisk until the milk thickens. It will smell sort of like buttermilk.
Place dry ingredients in larger shallow bowl and mix well.
Individually, dip slices of eggplant in the milk mix (both sides) and then press firmly into the dry mix (both sides)
Coat a baking sheet with olive oil and place slices in one layer. Bake at 425*. Flip when the bottom begins to brown to cook the second side.

For marinara
Put olive oil in large saucepan and heat at medium high. Add onions, red peppers, celery, and garlic and sauté until they begin to soften. Add tomato (diced and sauce) and sugar and stir. Simmer 20 minutes or longer.