- Servings Per Recipe: 12
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories: 112.5
- Total Fat: 2.5 g
- Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
- Sodium: 78.1 mg
- Total Carbs: 15.2 g
- Dietary Fiber: 5.5 g
- Protein: 7.6 g
Italian Layered Vegetable CasseroleSubmitted by: AJEREMA
2 medium eggplants
1 large or 2 medium zucchini, sliced thinly (or 2-4 cups sliced vegetables of your choice, such as mushrooms)
chopped parsley, garnish
1/2 small onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 lb tofu (firm, reduced-fat recommended--not silken!)
2 tbsp. nutritional yeast (adds a cheesy taste)
1 1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. rosemary, crushed
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
Microwave; cover the bottom of the microwave with two layers of paper towels. Place eggplant slices in a single layer and cook on high power for 8-10 minutes, until reduced in size and beginning to shrivel. Repeat with remaining eggplant.
---Remove immediately from paper towels or baking sheet and place on a plate.
---While the eggplant is cooking, prepare the sauce, if you're making it from scratch. SautÃ© the onion in a non-stick skillet until softened; add the garlic and cook for another minute. Set aside. Remove 1/2 cup of the diced tomatoes and set aside. Put remaining tomatoes and sauce ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. Add reserved tomatoes and onions to blender and stir to combine (do not blend).
---Prepare the filling by placing all ingredients into a food processor and processing until smooth.
---Preheat oven to 425. Spray a mid-sized rectangular casserole dish (I used 11x7-inch) with canola oil or non-stick spray. Put a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of the dish--just barely enough to cover the bottom. Arrange 1/3 of the eggplant slices over the sauce. Spread 1/2 of the filling over the eggplant, and put half of the zucchini or other vegetables over the filling. Drizzle lightly with sauce. Repeat eggplant, filling, zucchini, and sauce. Place the final layer of eggplant over the top, and pour the remaining sauce evenly over it, spreading it to cover the eggplant completely.
---Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes. Check to make sure that zucchini is cooked and sauce has thickened; if not, add more time. Remove when done and allow to sit for a few minutes before serving. Sprinkle with chopped parsley as garnish.
Number of Servings: 12
Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user AJEREMA.