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Eggplant Lasagna Rolls (from Minimalist Baker)

Eggplant Lasagna Rolls | Healthy, vegan, vegetarian, plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free

This recipe is straight from Minimalist Baker, an amazing recipe resource. People that dislike both tofu and eggplant have said they liked this recipe. You will be amazed how much the tofu tastes like ricotta. This recipe is much healthier than typical lasagna, which is made with refined grains (noodles), lots of dairy (cheese), and not much vegetables. With this recipe, you get at least a couple servings of vegetables along with some plant-based protein. It is also easier to make (and eat) rolls rather than a whole layered eggplant lasagna.

 

Eggplant Lasagna Rolls (from Minimalist Baker)

Serves 4
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 15 minutes
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Main Dish
Website Minimalist Baker
An easier approach to lasagna made of vegetables. Completely plant-based and free of refined grains!

Ingredients

  • 2 eggplants, sliced into 12 1/4 inch slices lengthwise
  • 2 lemons, juiced (about 1/3 cup)
  • 12oz extra firm tofu, drained and pressed for 10 minutes
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2-3 cups marinara sauce

vegan parmesan (Optional)

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch garlic powder

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Step 2
Salt eggplant slices and let sit for 15 minutes to release the bitter juices. Rinse and lay to dry between two towels with something heavy on top to press out excess moisture.
Step 3
Arrange eggplant slices on 1-2 baking sheets in a single layer and bake for 13-15 minutes. Set aside and lower oven temperature to 375°F.
Step 4
To make vegan parmesan, pulse cashews, nutritional yeast, salt and garlic powder until the cashews are finely minced.
Step 5
To make tofu ricotta, combine tofu, 1/4 cup vegan parmesan (optional), nutritional yeast, basil, lemon juice, oregano, olive oil, salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until it resembles ricotta cheese. Adjust flavors if necessary.
Step 6
Pour about 1 cup of marinara into a casserole dish. Scoop about 1/3 cup of tofu mixture into each eggplant slice and roll up. Place into the casserole dish seam side down and repeat with remaining eggplant. Pour more marinara over the top.
Step 7
Bake for 15-23 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and eggplant is starting to brown. Serve with optional extra vegan parmesan and fresh basil leaves.
Eggplant Lasagna Rolls | Healthy, vegan, vegetarian, plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free

 

Italian Chicken Stir Fry

Italian Stir Fry in Marinara Recipe - Healthy, natural, low-carb, gluten-free, dairy-free. Follow guesswhoscooking.com on Twitter @guesswhoscookin. Have this entree for lunch or dinner!

This is basically a stir fry, Italian style. The beauty is that you can use any kind of protein and vegetables, which makes it a great way to use up whatever is in your refrigerator. Vegetables that work well with Italian flavors are mushrooms, eggplant, squash (especially zucchini), tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and spinach, but feel free to add whatever you like. Protein options that could work in this dish include chicken, pork, ground beef, white (cannellini or navy) beans and maybe even organic tofu or tempeh. I have listed the vegetables and protein options that I chose in this recipe, but you can alter it however you’d like.

 

Time: 30-40 minutes

Serves: 4-6

Italian Stir Fry in Marinara Recipe - Healthy, natural, low-carb, gluten-free, dairy-free. Follow guesswhoscooking.com on Twitter @guesswhoscookin. Have this entree for lunch or dinner!

Ingredients

2 (or 1 1/2 pounds) boneless skinless chicken breast, previously frozen and somewhat thawed (fresh is okay too. Organic and free-range preferred)

1 teaspoon coconut oil

2 bell peppers, chopped (organic preferred – these are part of the dirty dozen)

about 6 ounces or half a bag of frozen green beans

half bag of frozen chopped spinach, organic preferred

1 teaspoon minced garlic

2/3 jar of marinara, or enough to reach desired sauciness

1/4 cup green olive tapenade, available at Trader Joe’s (optional)

Salt & pepper to taste, if needed

 

Directions

Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces (it’s much easier when partially frozen). Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, then add oil. Add chicken, stirring occasionally, until it is almost thoroughly cooked. Add bell peppers  and garlic and cook 1-2 minutes. Add green beans and cook 1-2 minutes. Add spinach and marinara, and cook until mixture is warmed throughout, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste if necessary. Top with green olive tapenade for a kick of flavor and/or crushed red pepper (optional).