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.
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.
As we were packing for a trip to see family in Indiana (go Purdue), I noticed that there were several nice zucchinis on the counter. I know Mr. notVeganAsana well enough to know that he was not going to make anything involving a zucch while we were gone, so I decided some muffins for the road would be a good idea. This recipe pulled together easily and quickly and made a nice large batch of muffins that are tasty and moist. You could certainly add nuts or raisins to it (I mostly just forgot).
This can be made in small loaves, as in the image above, or true muffins. I made 12 muffins and 1 loaf with this recipe, but forgot to take pictures of the muffins!
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
3/4 t. baking powder
3/4 cups vegetable oil
1/4 cup soy milk or other non-dairy milk
2 t. vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups grated zucchini
Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. Mix oil, non-dairy milk, and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to dry. Fold in zucchini and raisins or nuts if desired. Spoon into muffin tins, bread pan, or other baking dish and bake at 350* for 35-45 minutes.
I must admit that, while I do most of my meal planning on the weekend before I get groceries, there is almost always a day I forgot or I don’t want to make what was scheduled or I didn’t get enough of something.
On those days, the plan is as follows: Open the cabinet and stare inside. Open the fridge and stare inside. Start that process again but this time randomly pull things out and throw them on the counter. Stare at the pile of things for a while and then start prepping some of them, hoping that an idea will emerge.
And that is how this pasta bake was born. It doesn’t look very pretty, because baked pasta, but it tasted wonderful.
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 large sweet onion, diced
3 medium zucchini, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 large can crushed tomato
1 lb wheat pasta
2 cups nutritional yeast flakes
1.5 cups TVP bits
2 cups water
2 T oregano flakes
1 T dried basil
salt and pepper to taste
Cook pasta, al dente. While pasta is cooking, preheat oven to 350*. Mix spices into crushed tomatoes and water. Fold in the yeast flakes and TVP. Gently combine all ingredients, including well-drained pasta.
Place in large baking pan and cook at 350* for about 45 minutes, or until all vegetables are done to taste.