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Oil-Free Creamy Vegan Tomato & Eggplant Bake

Oil-Free Creamy Vegan Tomato & Eggplant Bake

Elena
Serve this Oil-Free Creamy Vegan Tomato & Eggplant Bake with a green salad on the side, or precede it with delicious whole grains or lentils for a complete plant-based meal. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 167 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large eggplants
  • 1 bunch of basil
  • a few sprigs of thyme picked from the stems or 1 tbsp of dried thyme
  • 2 handfuls of flaked almonds to top optional
  • 2 tbsp of nutritional yeast flakes
  • The sauce:
  • 2 x cans 16oz each/or 400g of chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup/75g of cashew nuts
  • 3 cloves of garlic peeled & crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of peppe

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350F/180C/Fan 160/ Fas 4.
  • Cut the eggplants lengthways into 5cm thick slices. Sprinkle some salt and pepper and bake them in the oven for about 15 minutes, alternatively, you can grill them. We do not want them cooked, as we will bake them again later.
  • Meanwhile, to make the sauce, put the chopped tomato cans into a saucepan. If you are using plum tomatoes, try to crush them up. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, bay leaves, cashews, and sugar. Bring to a boil, add 50ml of water, and reduce the heat to low. Stir occasionally. You want the tomato sauce cooking for at least 10 minutes.
  • Remove the bay leaves. Transfer the tomato sauce into a blender and blitz until smooth.
  • Using an oven dish ( with about 2l capacity ) layer eggplant slices, followed by the sauce, then top with the basil and thyme, then repeat with the remaining eggplant slices and tomato sauce. Finishing with the sauce.
  • Sprinkle the nuts if using, and the nutritional yeast.
  • Bake in the oven for about 35 minutes. Enjoy!

Notes

Store the leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
It can be frozen for up to a month too.
You can pre-cook the sauce ahead, simply warm it up before using. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 167kcalCarbohydrates: 13.2gProtein: 3.3gFat: 6.7gFiber: 4.2g
Keyword DAIRY FREE, EGG FREE, GLUTEN FREE, NUT FREE, SOY FREE, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, glutenfree, healthysidedish, oilfree, veganfood, wfbp
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