Here's a hearty vegan entree that makes the most of fresh summer produce.
Cut 2 eggplants in half lengthwise (mine were about 1 pound each), and carefully scoop out the pulp, leaving about a 1/4-inch thick shell. Coarsely chop the pulp and set aside.
Place the eggplant halves, cut-sides down, in a microwave-safe baking dish. Add water to fill the bottom of the dish, then cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 5 minutes - the shells should be very tender. Don't forget to leave room for steam to escape in the plastic wrap!
Meanwhile, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, and coat with cooking spray. Add the eggplant pulp, and saute for 7 minutes. Add 1 cup chopped onion and continue to saute for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup chopped plum tomato, 1/4 cup vegan white wine of your choice, and 3 minced garlic cloves; cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. In keeping with the Mediterranean flavors of the dish, I chose a white wine from Italy.
Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup crumbled vegan feta (such as Sunergia), 1/4 cup chopped parsley, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. black pepper.
Place the eggplant shells on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, and fill each with about 3/4 cup of the stuffing.
Place 2 ounces of French bread in a food processor, and pulse until you have coarse crumbs. Combine the crumbs with 1/4 tsp. chopped parsley, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 2 tablespoons vegan Parmesan sprinkles (such as Galaxy Foods). Sprinkle about 1/4 cup of the breadcrumb mixture over each eggplant half.
Broil for 2 minutes, then serve! 1 stuffed eggplant half is 250 calories.
Note: I forgot the cooking spray on the baking sheet, but luckily my eggplant shells didn't stick!
plum tomato $0.86
white wine $26.12
vegan feta $3.69
The Vegan Pantry
- Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy http://www.wholesoyco.com/
- Vegan milk - Silk http://www.silksoymilk.com/
- Vegan Feta - Sunergia http://www.sunergiasoyfoods.com/
- Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods http://www.galaxyfoods.com/
- Vegan Eggs - Ener-G http://www.ener-g.com/
- Vegan Butter - Earth Balance http://www.earthbalance.net/product.html