Layered Eggplant and Zucchini Casserole

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on October 25, 2010

Well, it excites me to know that others share my enthusiasm for these crazy posts. And boy, sometimes do I ever feel like I am slowly going crazy. Voting is now open, if you care to help me advance to the next round.

While the challenges are certainly demanding, I am having lots of fun. I enjoy that each challenge gives a lot of room for interpretation and creativity so I don’t feel too restricted with what I ‘have’ to do.

You know what else I enjoy?

Using leftovers in fun ways.

The Protein Power Chili that I made for Challenge #6 made a huge pot and quite frankly, I am getting sick of eating bowl after bowl of chili. Sure, I could freeze it, but my freezer is already brimming with goodies (Power Me Up Pumpkin Sesame Cookies and Strawberry Oat Squares, I am looking at you!).

I used the chili in place of a pasta sauce in this layered casserole recipe.

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Layered Eggplant and Zucchini Casserole

Adapted from here.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 1.5 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups leftover homemade chili OR pasta sauce
  • One 15-ounce can navy (great northern) beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup spinach (optional)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoon sea salt, to taste
  • Vegan parmesan cheese, for garnish

 

Directions: Preheat oven to 450F. Peel the eggplants and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Lay on a lined baking sheet and pre-cook eggplant only for about 15 minutes, or until shrivelled (see picture below). Remove from oven and cool.  While the eggplant is cooking, slice the zucchini and set aside. Now prepare your bean filling, by processing the drained beans, herbs, salt, garlic, olive oil, and nutritional yeast (optional) in a food processor until smooth. Gather the eggplant, zucchini, sauce, and bean filling and get ready to layer your casserole.

Preheat oven to 425. Grease a mid-sized rectangular casserole dish with oil. Put a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of the dish as shown below. Arrange 1/3 of the eggplant slices over the sauce. Spread 1/2 of the bean filling over the eggplant, and put half of the zucchini on top. Add a layer of the sauce. Repeat eggplant, bean filling, zucchini, and sauce. Place the final layer of eggplant over the top and pour the remaining sauce evenly over top, spreading with a spoon.

Bake for about 40 minutes at 425F. Once zucchini is cooked remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5-10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle on some vegan parmesan cheese if desired. Makes 4-6 servings.

First things first, pre-bake the eggplant until it gets all shrivelled up like my hands after too many dishes.

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That’s about right.

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(Note: 2 sliced eggplants made about 3 baking sheets worth!)

Slice up your zucchini!

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Now make the creamy filling with navy beans, herbs, garlic, and sea salt.

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The original recipe called for 1 cup of spinach in the creamy filling, however I didn’t have any. I would use it if you have some, but by no means is it necessary for it to work.

Lightly oil a casserole dish and spread on a thin layer of chili or pasta sauce.

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That’ll do.

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Now add a layer of sliced (pre-cooked) eggplant. Try not to eat them all before using! Or maybe that is just me who loves baked eggplant fresh out of the oven.

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Followed by a layer of creamy filling…

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(It is a bit hard to spread around, but not to worry!)

Next a layer of zucchini…

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Followed by a layer of chili or pasta sauce

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Now repeat the full set.

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And finish with a layer of eggplant and sauce!

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Bake for about 40 minutes at 425F.

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Let cool for about 10 minutes and serve.

This casserole is weird and wonderful and downright crazy, but I loved it. Lots of different textures and flavours. The creamy filling was also quite nice!

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I almost caught myself thinking the eggplant was a lasagna noodle! The eggplant really worked in this casserole.

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I sprinkled lots of Vegan parmesan cheese on top for fun.

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Now, I shall enjoy a Pecan Pie truffle for dessert and finish up my work for the day.

What recipes would you like to see coming up on OSG?

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{ 142 comments… read them below or add one }

Leah October 25, 2010 at 4:12 pm

I know you aren’t gluten-free but you are my fav non-dairy baking guru and I’d love to see what wonderful dairy free AND gluten free desserts you could come up with for the holidays!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2010 at 4:17 pm

wow that is a challenge indeed! :)

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Amber K October 26, 2010 at 9:43 am

That is definitely a challenge…and EXACTLY what I was going to ask for! :)

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Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks October 25, 2010 at 4:13 pm

That looks really tasty and perfect for fall! I’d love to see some inventive recipes for different types of squash — we’ve been eating lots of kabocha, spaghetti, delicata, and acorn, and butternut squashes around here and I’d love some new ideas!

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sarah October 25, 2010 at 4:14 pm

I just had breakfast, that looks so yummy. Can’t ait to try

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Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 25, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Angela this looks delicious! I too make a huge pot of chili at a time and after three or four nights of eating chili I am sick of it!

I love your desserts — every time I make any of them they turn out wonderful – keep em coming!

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Clare @ Fitting It All In October 25, 2010 at 4:19 pm

I just made that dish deconstructed with my leftover squash and eggplant! Wish I had seen this recipe first and made it more fun:)

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Heather (Heather's Dish) October 25, 2010 at 4:21 pm

i’m all for a really creamy vegan mac and cheese…complete with breadcrumbs on top! :)

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Ashley October 25, 2010 at 5:28 pm

I 2nd this idea!!! But no Daiya cheese ;)

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Heather (Heather's Dish) October 25, 2010 at 5:37 pm

ash, you know me too well…no daiya please!

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Amy @ be.you.ti.fully, a.musing October 25, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I’ll 3rd that!!

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 25, 2010 at 7:59 pm

blech daiya!

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Kathi October 25, 2010 at 6:56 pm

I have to agree, Heather! I am looking for a good vegan mac and cheese

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 25, 2010 at 8:00 pm

I made one last night! It had broccoli and a crunchy crust!

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Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow October 25, 2010 at 4:29 pm

YUMMoooooo! Yummo indeed. :)

How about a crazy pancake layered breakfast dish of fabulous goodness!!! With the weather getting so cold I’m all about a hot breakfast these days.

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Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow October 25, 2010 at 4:29 pm

YUMMoooooo! Yummo indeed. :)

How about a crazy pancake layered breakfast dish of fabulous goodness!!! With the weather getting so cold I’m all about a hot breakfast these days.

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Jordana October 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm

I would love to see Vegan Stuffed Shells. It would be awesome to have them stuffed with something besides tofu, but still lots of protein!

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Melissa October 25, 2010 at 4:41 pm

That looks delicious and healthy! “Weird, wonderful, and downright crazy” concoctions often taste the best!
I recently saw a jarred vegan queso that I’d love to have homemade, so it’s not $6 a jar after shipping… (http://www.cosmosveganshoppe.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=NMUVQ&Category_Code=CF&Product_Count=0)

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 25, 2010 at 4:43 pm

oh yummo! What a great way to use leftover chili! And I love your idea of using beans for ‘white sauce’ :)

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Melissa October 25, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I love how creative your picnic for challenge 6 was!! I have been dying to try to come up with a cookie that includes sweet potatoes, oatmeal, and maple syrup. Think you’d be up for the challenge?

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Lisa October 25, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Perfect timing! I have been dying to make an eggplant lasagna lately! =) Thanks for the recipe AGAIN Angela!

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Gillian October 25, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Oh my–you must have me for dinner one day–your recipes are stellar!

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Estela @ Weekly Bite October 25, 2010 at 4:57 pm

What a creative dish!! I’m sure I would think the eggplant was lasagna noodles too :)

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Felicia October 25, 2010 at 5:04 pm

i love using veggies instead of pasta! looks delicious! and some healthy decadent desserts for the holidays of course :)

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Bridget October 25, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I love these step by step photo recipe posts. So much fun :)

It’s hard to say what kind of recipes I’d like to see on your blog because you’ve pretty much mastered everything! Maybe some drink recipes like homemade lattes. Or for the holidays, a vegan eggnog would be interesting..

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Amy October 25, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I agree with Heather! I would love a good old fashioned mac-n-cheese. Made healthy of course, but still kid friendly.
I would also love a vegetarian version of chicken noodle soup. I can’t quite figure that one out.
Great posts!

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MaryBe October 25, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I don’t think you’ve tried making this yet – vegan tuna noodle casserole. I kind of miss that!

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Meg October 25, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I found your site about a week ago and I’m totally addicted to your site. Every morning I love checking to see if you’ve made an update.
Your vegan recipes are so creative. I have to try this Casserole!
You have my vote for Project Food Blog Challenge!

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Nicole (Picky Nicky) October 25, 2010 at 5:20 pm

I love eggplant but it never turns out quite right when I roast it, I’ll have to try layering it in a casserole :)

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Daniel October 25, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Minimalist vegan meals! Simply and easy lunches and dinners that people with less time(*cough* college students *cough*) can make with limited cooking supplies and time.

Or, because I thought this was really weird and I don’t know how it would work…, you could make a vegan souffle!

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Ashley October 25, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Sometimes when I look at your posts I’m just like “drrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr”….in astonishment. I love the way you think…and might make chili again JUST to make this :)

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Amy @ be.you.ti.fully, a.musing October 25, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Some holiday recipes would be awesome! I need healthy, not-too-exotic, vegan recipes that will please the family fussypants! No small task, but I have faith in you, haha!

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Camille October 25, 2010 at 5:46 pm

That looks awesome!
I would love some holiday recipes!

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Vanessa October 25, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I just made the protein power chili. It was sooo good!
I pack a lunch everyday so some new lunchbox items that keep without refrigeration would good.

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Maddie October 25, 2010 at 5:56 pm

I would love to see some vegan snacks that are fast to make and easy to grab on the go. Maybe vegan protein bars?

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Holly October 25, 2010 at 6:02 pm

I love all the recipes you post and am excited to make the caserole!!!

I love green bean casserole and this will be the first holiday that I am unable to eat it. I am interested to see if you could create a vegan clone to this tasty meal??

Thanks for all your hard work! I look forward to reading your posts daily =)

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Hope October 25, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Mmmmmmm….
…that is all

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Mimi (Gingersnaps) October 25, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Oooh, that looks so good!

Well, right now I’m trying to go through the following ingredients in my pantry, before I go to London for a semester. But I’m not the most experienced vegan cook, so I’d love to see anything involving these lovelies:

– Cashews
– Pepitas
– Macadamia nuts
– Sunflower seeds
– Nooch
– Wild rice
– Bulghur

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Melissa October 25, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Hi Angela,
I never comment but always read and love your blog. Your project food blog entries are amazing! I have been wondering about a vegan version of french onion soup. Since being vegetarian, I really miss it!
Thanks!

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Sharon October 25, 2010 at 6:17 pm

I missed the last part of the post

“What recipes would you like to see coming up on OSG?”

I thought everyone was being awfully demanding telling you ingredients and recipes to work on. Took me a while to figure it out ;)

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 25, 2010 at 6:19 pm

I second the request for meals involving squash! I’d love some new ideas for them. :D

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Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher October 25, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Ummm Umm Ummm
Something Jamaican!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 25, 2010 at 6:42 pm

yummm this looks good! i only started eating eggplant a couple of months ago but i don’t know why i waited so long!

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Kate October 25, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Oh my you come up with the most creative recipes…typically I end up drooling all over my computer. I know you aren’t gluten free but I would love to have some new recipes to mix up mine. Perhaps some gluten free holiday recipes :D I know it’s a challenge… but I am sure you can succeed.

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Meredith Lilly October 25, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Awesome recipe — I made a whole bunch of white bean dip a couple days ago and didn’t know what I’d do with it all! Seriously, the recipes that come up on this blog are too perfect.. it’s a little freaky sometimes!

I would love to see some fall salads. I love the type with a warm dressing or topping that wilts the greens a little. Mmmm.

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Rebecca October 25, 2010 at 6:54 pm

A vegan fruit cake for Christmas.

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Tina October 25, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Youre apple chips got me thinking of vegetable chips made of a variety of vegetables! would love to see that!

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Eden October 25, 2010 at 7:01 pm

leftovers are fantastic! Ever chef I’ve worked with says a dish is always tastier when its recycled. I work in food and you seem to have covered so many food bases already on osg. Can you give me a recipe to find prince charming?

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Danielle October 25, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Voted! You know why? Because, mmm, making leftovers into delectable creations like this takes talents, my dear. Can’t wait to see what you whip up for the next PFBC round :)

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Wei-Wei October 25, 2010 at 7:06 pm

CHILI. IN PLACE OF PASTA SAUCE. GENIUS. :]

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Liz @ Blog is the New Black October 25, 2010 at 7:09 pm

I love this recipe!

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Christine October 25, 2010 at 7:13 pm

This recipe looks great! I am a regular reader and rare commenter, but I had to pipe in with a recipe request. Check out this awesome idea: http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/breakfast/fall-recipe-noknead-pumpkin-rolls-with-brown-sugar-glaze-129477. If you are not sick of pumpkin yet, a healthier vegan version of these would be amazing!

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Melissa- I Never Imagined October 25, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Oh my goodness… you’re a genius! This is exactly what I was looking for: my (non-vegan) mom was just telling me that I won’t be able to eat tasty lasagna anymore, but I think this casserole would blow her socks off!

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Kate October 25, 2010 at 7:14 pm

seriously spooky…reading your post last night wondering “can she make EVERYTHING vegan?” and I thought well what about lasagna..eggplant lasagna would be AWESOME..i wonder if she made it or if i should ask her about it..and then you post THIS! Halloween must be getting to us all?!…

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Hilary October 25, 2010 at 7:15 pm

coconut cream pie!!

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Jenny October 25, 2010 at 7:16 pm

I would LOVE to see the recipe for the date fudge desserts! Those were adorable and I’d love to learn how to make them : )

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Kate October 26, 2010 at 8:02 am

ditto!!!!!!

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Bree October 25, 2010 at 7:25 pm

haha you know i’ve already asked you, but i would LOVE it if you’d replicate Amy’s Lentil soup…it is soooooo good and i’ve been through so many trials and something is STILL missing :p

and, while i’m at it, i had Amy’s “Black Bean Enchilada Whole Meal” the other day and it was SO good – i could NOT believe there was tofu and zucchini in it!! if you could replicate that i’d be forever grateful :-D

ummm…and of course ezekiel bread…yummm :-D

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Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) October 25, 2010 at 7:33 pm

This sounds like the perfect dish for a chilly fall evening. Comfort food! I love all the layers… esp the creamy bean layer. Such a great idea to give it that cheesy like creaminess. A++ Ange. :D

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Lauren October 25, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Not being the biggest pasta fan, these noodless casseroles/lasagnas are right up my alley. This looks so great Angela!

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Shanna, Like Banana October 25, 2010 at 7:39 pm

There’s something about baking a casserole dish in a circular dish that makes things more interesting ;)

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Jes (@ Self Motivation) October 25, 2010 at 7:42 pm

that looks soooo good! I have been experimenting with ways to incorporate more vegetables in our dinners. Thanks for the wonderful recipes!

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Allison @ Food For Healing October 25, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Oo that looks nice, i’d imagine the eggplant would be a good noodle replacer

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sarah (the SHU box) October 25, 2010 at 7:58 pm

i had to stop in and say wow — what an INCREDIBLE entry! so much love went into that meal, and the pictures are beautiful. well done :)

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Lesley Lifting Life October 25, 2010 at 8:04 pm

This casserole looks fabulous!!

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Kimberly Roberts October 25, 2010 at 8:09 pm

I would love to have your Protein Power PAcked Chili recipe :)
i just found your website today and i LOVE it!!! and have shared it with several raw/vegan friends.

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Emily October 25, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Looks awesome, per usual Ange :) I am definitely liking your fall/winter recipes that are all warm and comforting versions of non-vegan classics. I have a question for you about Nutritional Yeast, I bought some a few weeks ago but haven’t really used it much…what are you favorite ways to incorporate it into your cooking and how often do you use it? I see your vegan parmesan cheese pop up often, is that my best bet for a good starter recipe?

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Michelle @ a Whole Lot of Life October 25, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I would LOVE to see more recipes for baking sweets with ingredients that the average cook has on hand. Your recipes are BEAUTIFUL and everything I’ve ever tried has been delightful, but I almost always have to go buy something in order to make something that catches my eye.

It’s not a criticism! Just a suggestion. Thanks!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 25, 2010 at 8:59 pm

yessss… could totally do veggies this way.

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Amy K. @ Onehealthypeanut October 25, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Holy moly that looks amazing! I love making chili when its cold but get tired of it before I make it to the bottom of the pot. I am making this one stat!

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Abbie October 25, 2010 at 9:36 pm

That casserole looks so good!!
My Mother always makes apple dumplings for the holidays, and I would love it if you could make
A vegan version of apple dumplings!! :)

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Danielle in Australia! October 25, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Love this recipe! I have a pureed bean sauce with broccoli and zucchini already pureed into the sauce that has been sitting in my freezer that I could use for this recipe! Although I think layered zucchini when I already have zucchini pureed in the sauce might be a bit much – what do you think?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2010 at 9:55 pm

hmmm I guess it depends how much of a zucchini taste the puree has…I find generally, zucchini is quite light tasting in flavour so it might work?

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Danielle in Australia! October 25, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Thanks Angela, you are right, the zucchini flavour is not too strong in my sauce so I will try this recipe out my family this week. Thanks again!

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Ravenous Rowie October 25, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Love your use of leftovers! The creamy bean layer looks especially good, and might be tasty in a lasagna dish too! Can’t wait to try this!

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Alex October 25, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I’d love to see the recipes from the food blog challenge 6! Unless I missed the memo and they are somewhere! They all look fabulous!
Thanks!!! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2010 at 9:55 pm

yup they are linked in the challenge #6 post, right underneath the menu thingy :)

‘cept for the cakes ….those are coming up in a week or two.

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Helen October 25, 2010 at 10:08 pm

I love veggie only lasagnas!! I would like to see some recipes for candies with the holidays coming up. I usually make fudge and truffles but I really need some recipes that are cleaner!

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Wendy October 25, 2010 at 10:12 pm

This looks so good! Cant wait to try the recipe out!

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Lana October 25, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I would have eaten all the eggplant before it made it to the casserole dish, lol. I LOVE roasted egg plant. Looks delish!

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monicanelsonfitness October 25, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Now that looks great. Wow.

What would I like to see you make? Angela, you nail it always, I can’t think of anything, I am happy as can be reading your posts. :)

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Steph in Dubai October 25, 2010 at 11:36 pm

I’d also love to see some vegan macaroni and cheese, or just a cheesy sauce (vegan)…
I’m going to make your cheesy savoury oats tonight… I can’t wait!!
Keep up the awesome work :)
Steph xxx

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skinny latte October 26, 2010 at 4:15 am

Ange, I love all your recipes and always look forward to seeing what you come up with next! Even though I love to cook, I usually go for the simple recipes because I have such a small kitchen (it is the size of a broom closet) and I try to minimise the number of pans/equipment that I use to save on cleaning up – it’s so disheartening to enjoy a delicious meal and then have a war zone to clean up afterwards! I would love to see some more hearty fall/winter vegan dinners that can be made in one pan, or just in the oven, similar to what you’ve done here! Looks scrumptious! :)

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Cara Craves... October 26, 2010 at 6:43 am

You are a cooking genius!

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Halley (Blunder Construction) October 26, 2010 at 7:23 am

I hope you’ll do a caramel/candied apple post! I can only imagine the clever toppings & decorations you would think up!

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Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 26, 2010 at 7:36 am

Why don’t you roast the zucchini too in this recipe?

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Michal October 26, 2010 at 7:41 am

Hmm. That bean filling kind of excites me because it reminds me of the baked ziti I used to make (somehow it reminds me of cottage cheese). I’m sure it tastes nothing like that, though :-)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2010 at 8:32 am

its funny it reminded me of cheese filling too! Not so much taste wise, but something about it I liked. It was creamy and lovely.

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Annie October 26, 2010 at 8:11 am

Angela, this recipe looks delicious! I can’t wait for you to post about your Cake in a Jar Parfaits. The Triple Layer Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake was speaking to me. You definitely got my vote. As for what I’d like to see coming up on OSG, how about a Vegan Chess Pie (oh how I miss those!). I asked my husband his opinion and he immediately responded, “Vegan Chicken Fried Chicken!” Now that’s something I haven’t tried to conquer in the kitchen!
Your creativity keeps inspiring me!

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Mel October 26, 2010 at 8:12 am

I noticed your a Parisian at heart after having it stolen by your trip to Paris, which is like home to me I visit as often as I can.

I am litterally begging you to re-create some of the buttery melt in your mouth croissants, crispy fresh baguettes, Tarte Au Citron but most importantly I would love for you to try and make Creme Brulee! I’ve tried countless times to make the dessert but I fail but then (truth be told) without out instructions Im an awful cook.

I eat it non-vegan because it is my all time favourite dessert and you just have to love cracking the top of Creme Brulee – Just watch Amelie that will set your heart a light for it it. (A film you will adore if you love Paris, Im sure)

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Jamie Langloisr October 26, 2010 at 8:34 am

another amazing recipe! This is def a must try :O)
thanks as always for sharing your creative recipes and mouthwatering pictures!

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Roanne October 26, 2010 at 8:57 am

Perhaps a recipe using an ingredient such as seitan? or even tempeh or textured vegetable protein? I have all these things in my kitchen and not a clue what to make with them. I bet you could come up with something fantastic! :)

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Allison October 26, 2010 at 9:10 am

I love noodle free lasagna!! I like to make a tomato lentil sauce with mine normally but ill have to try the chili idea:)

Hmmmmm have you made fudge before? I think you should make some, and some peppermint bark for the holidays!!!

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Kristin P October 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Ahhh, I wish you could be my personal chef! I just want to eat everything on the page. yum!

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Lisa October 26, 2010 at 3:00 pm

The casserole looks so good, it is definately going on my must make list.

How about a lightened up pumpkin pie, I am trying to find a good recepie to make for thanksgiving.

Your picknic looks so so so good, thank you for all of the wonderful recepies. I made sure to put my vote in for you yesterday.

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Jolene ([email protected]) October 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Oooooh some recipes I would like to see …

Maybe a tortilla soup, or something Mexican.

Also, maybe a ooey, gooey, brownie!

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Rika October 31, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I just made this recipe today and it was sooo delicious! I love that it had a creamy filling without tofu! :D Thanks, Angela!

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Linda Alli April 30, 2012 at 3:53 am

This looks delicious, definitely on my menu for the week. Cannot wait to try it. BTW I love your site, as a new vegan I am enjoying the recipes. I also love creating in the kitchen though I don’t have much time right now.

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Lauren July 3, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I LOVE using zucchini and eggplant in place of lasagna noodles, although what I’ve made in the past contains dairy. I’m thinking about giving it up. This looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it!

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Kate August 10, 2012 at 6:33 am

This dish is fabulous!!! I have made it so many times and always get rave reviews. I’d like to double (or triple) the recipe to serve as a main dish at a dinner party – how much should I increase the cooking time?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 10, 2012 at 7:54 am

Thats a good question Kate! Im not to sure, I would just keep an eye on it and check it every 5-10 mins or so.

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Kelly August 30, 2012 at 3:56 am

I just made this recipe last night (it must be gratifying to know that after 2 years, this recipe is still delighting strangers!)…and I have to say that bean spread is awesome. I think I liked it just as much, if not more, than hummus. And I love hummus. So thanks, you’ve just given me a new favorite spread for veggies and crackers (and spoons, and fingers…).

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Vegan Radhika Sarohia January 28, 2013 at 12:33 am

Looks so good! I’m gonna try and make a low-carb stovetop version of this, just need to buy some eggplant and zucchini from the market :)

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Kate January 31, 2013 at 11:21 pm

This recipe is great! I added couple extra things the second time I made it and had some serious success with the boyfriend.

In the filling I added:
~10 oil packed sun dried tomatoes
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
couple sprigs fresh parsley
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
~1/2 cup extra firm tofu
2 extra cloves of garlic (I won’t lie. I have a garlic obsession)

When I finished the layering I added some sliced olives on top with a sprinkling of nutritional yeast. I also sauteed some cremini mushrooms and onions which I added into the layering process, but I wasn’t as pleased with it.

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Sarah June 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm

This must be an older recipe, but I just made it tonight. Delicious! My husband liked it too :) I sliced my zucchini the long way, sort of in ribbons. Not that it made a difference! Thank you. I am new to your blog, but I love everything I ‘ve made from it. So good.

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Ellen July 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I love this recipe! Finally a recipe that gives all of the taste of cheesy lasagna without the fat and calories! Thanks for sharing!!!

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Laurie July 11, 2013 at 4:38 pm

I just put this in the oven. I had to modify it a bit. I only had eggplant and garbanzo beans in the house so I used eggplant and kale for the layers and garbanzos for the filling. It looks pretty. Hopefully it’ll taste as good as it looks. :-)

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Jana July 11, 2013 at 7:12 pm

This casserole is amazing! I made it the other night with a homemade pasta sauce. The only problem I ever have is cooking eggplant. . .I feel like I must do it wrong every time. I either add too much oil or not enough and in this case they came out dry from the oven and they stuck to the foil. Any suggestions on cooking them in the oven perfectly so I’m not wasting half of them?

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Ashley July 15, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Hands down the best vegan recipe I’ve had!

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Stasia July 29, 2013 at 2:18 pm

This is lick-the-plate good. I’ve made it at least 4 times now and the last time I made it, it only lasted me half a day (ate it all myself!). Great job! :)

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Natasha July 31, 2013 at 9:21 am

Hi, I just finished preparing the casserole and its 10:00am my husband doesn’t come home from work until 7:00pm. Wondering if I should bake this now and reheat later or put it in the fridge and bake in the evening! Would it get soggy?

Thank you,
Natasha

Ps. You are truly my inspiration. I became vegan not too long ago and boy am I glad I have found your blog!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 31, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Hey Natasha, I think it would be fine either way (although I haven’t tried either) – good luck and thanks for your kind words!

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yana August 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm

This actually turned out great and tasted just like lasagna to me. I was a little nervous as I’m not a huge eggplant fan but it worked out in this recipe, Thanks!

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Jamie August 27, 2013 at 8:39 pm

I know this is 3 years too late, but I just found your blog a few months ago and got around to making this tonight. So delicious.. love it. Next time I’m doubling the recipe so that I have lots and lots of leftovers!

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Meredith September 2, 2013 at 6:50 am

Hey Angela! I make this at least twice a month and I’m wondering if you think it would freeze well. Would it be better to freeze before baking the whole casserole, or after?

Thanks! ~Meredith

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Stephanie September 19, 2013 at 7:06 pm

This was Bliss. Everybody should try it. I added a bit more spinach and water to the bean puree’, yummmmmmm.

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Bethany October 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I had three garden eggplants to use up and pinned a bunch of recipes, but this one won. I am so glad as it was really fun to make and it smells amazing baking. Thank you especially for the great instructions and pics. Really helpful for a new cook.

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Sherry October 28, 2013 at 7:01 pm

My husband made this tonight for dinner; it was WONDERFUL!!! Thanks for sharing your recipes with us, Angela.

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NA January 12, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Your recipes are a godsend to a vegetarian person on a low-carb diet – please never stop updating this blog if possible, haha! How do you find so many great ideas for recipes?

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NA January 13, 2014 at 12:12 am

I just made this tonight and it was AMAZING!! My new fav dish to make for lunch at work.. I can’t thank you enough! This is my new go-to, favourite site for new recipes! :D

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Toni February 2, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Thanks for the recipe! Should this dish be baked covered or uncovered? As the only soupy part is the pasta sauce, I’d assume coveted, but the recipe didn’t specify.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 3, 2014 at 9:04 am

Hi Toni, It’s baked uncovered – hope this helps!

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Kat August 18, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Thank you so much for this recipe! I made it this weekend AND my non-veg fiancé loved it as much as I did! I have your cookbook and always follow your blog! Thank you for all the inspiring you do!

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Alexis October 6, 2014 at 4:25 pm

so good! I can’t believe how rich the bean sauce is!

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Donna December 12, 2014 at 8:55 pm

I’d love to see a butternut squash/shallot ravioli recipe! The ones that I’ve seen all call for a butter sauce.

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Marta Vodrey January 16, 2015 at 11:12 am

This week alone, I’ve made this recipe, (holy I can eat the purred beans on their own) your walnut + lentil loaf with sweet potatoes, AND the heavenly carrot cake oatmeal bake – all SERIOUS hits with the hubby. Still working on the toughest food critic in the house though…the toddler. He’ll get there. He does love the granola bars though :)

Love your recipes as usual.

.:Marta:.

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Kim Litle May 5, 2015 at 7:28 pm

This is just about my favorite vegan dish ever and it is amazing for a dinner party with meat eaters as it can serve as a side or a hearty entree. I LOVE the tofu cream sauce. Just amazing.

Eggplant-Potato Moussaka with Pine Nut Cream

Serves 8 for Entrée

Vegetable layer:

1 pound eggplant

1 pound zucchini

1 ½ pound Russet or baking potatoes (large, long potatoes work perfectly
in this recipe)

¼ cup olive oil

Sauce:

¼ cup olive oil

4 large shallots, sliced thinly

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 cup vegetable broth or red wine

2 (15 ounce) cans of crushed tomatoes, with juice

2 teaspoons dried oregano

¼ t ground cinnamon

1 bay leaf

Salt

Pine Nut Cream

1 pound soft silken tofu (lite is fine)

½ cup pine nuts, plus additional for garnish

3 T lemon juice

1 t arrowroot powder

1 clove garlic

Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

1 ¼ t salt

White pepper

Prepare the Vegetables:

Wash the eggplant and zucchini and trim the stems. Scrub and peel the
potatoes. Slice the eggplant, zucchini, and potatoes lengthwise into ¼
inch slices. Rub the eggplant slices with a little salt and set aside in a
colander in the sink or in a big bowl for about 15 minutes to drain. Rinse
with water and pat dry. Place each vegetable on a separate baking sheet.
Distribute the ¼ cup of oil among the three sheets and sprinkle veggies
with salt (except the eggplant is salted already). Toss to coat each piece
with oil. Roast the zucchini and eggplant for 15 minutes or until tender.
Roast the potatoes for about 20 minutes until the edges are lightly
browned. Allow the vegetables to cool.

Tomato Sauce:

Add ¼ olive oil and minced garlic in a saucepan. Heat over medium and let
the garlic sizzle for 30 seconds, then add the shallots and cook until
soft, about 4 minutes. Add the wine and simmer until slightly reduced,
another 3 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes, oregano, cinnamon and bay
leaf. Partially cover and simmer over medium low for 12 minutes. Remove
bay leaf.

Pine Nut Cream:

In a food processor, blend the pine nuts and lemon juice, scraping the
sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, until a creamy paste forms. Add
the tofu, garlic, arrowroot, nutmeg, sat and pepper. Blend until creamy
and smooth.

Assembly:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a 9×13″ pan, spread ¼ cup of the sauce
on the pan, then add successive layers in order of eggplant, potatoes,
sauce, and half the bread crumbs. Spread all the zucchini on top of this.
Top with a final layer each of eggplant, potatoes, sauce, and bread
crumbs. Use a rubber spatula to evenly spread the pine nut cream over the
entire top layer. Scatter a few pine nuts on top. Bake for 40 minutes
until the top is lightly browned and a few cracks have formed in the
topping. Cool 10 minutes before serving. Even better heated up the next
day!!!! Do not freeze because of the tofu in the topping.

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MarryM July 5, 2015 at 11:30 pm

I made this tonight, super delicious! I made Audrey Hepburn’s favorite Pasta Pomodoro sauce from toryavey.com. I did use spinach which made the bean puree a lovely green color. I dipped the eggplant in egg whites and then fried them in a lightly sprayed olive oil pan. I also added 1 layer of wheat pasta noodles after the 1rst eggplant layer. Love this recipe, thanks.

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Non-cook September 27, 2015 at 5:08 pm

This is going to sound really dumb but I am not a cook, like AT ALL. Is pasta sauce something you buy or you make? Sorry, I am new to this cooking thing.

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CourtneyD March 18, 2016 at 5:29 pm

Hi Angela…. I love the Eggplant Casserole Recipe but I was wondering if I don’t have a food processor how might I make the navy bean goodness for the filling? Any suggestions?…. Thanks Again, by the way I made the Vegan Bowl which was DELICIOUS!

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Eszter March 28, 2016 at 7:29 am

This recipe is ingenious! Tastes great, filling, and rich in nutrients and fiber. After I listed the ingredients to my husband, he was willing to try (something new), and he said it was yummy! Thank you!

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Janine April 29, 2016 at 3:49 pm

I made this today, it turned out awesome!

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Annie June 6, 2016 at 2:46 am

Hi
Where does the spinch fit into this?

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Angela Liddon June 6, 2016 at 8:52 am

Hi Annie, the spinach is an optional addition to the creamy bean puree filling. I’d recommend giving it a try if you have some on hand, but have made the recipe without and enjoyed it just as well without that extra ingredient!

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Dee July 12, 2016 at 2:02 pm

I MADE THIS AND IT IS AMAZING. Thanks so much, your recipes never dissapoint, even when I improvise on them. I substituted star anise and celery seeds for salt, and added no oil to the recipe, to make it even healthier. I will feast for the next two weeks!

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Angela Liddon July 12, 2016 at 2:07 pm

So glad you enjoyed it Dee! And thanks for sharing those subs!! :)

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laurel July 18, 2016 at 7:59 pm

I just made this tonight and LOVED it. My husband too. I used coconut oil instead of olive oil and added a few more veggies, but this is my new fav recipe. as super good and will make it again many more times

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Angela Liddon July 19, 2016 at 3:42 pm

It’s so wonderful to hear that, Laurel! I’m glad you and your husband enjoy the recipe.

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Tara October 16, 2016 at 5:35 pm

We’ve made this recipe multiple times and it’s always been a big hit at dinner parties and potlucks. The first time we didn’t have enough veggies for all the layers so just a note that it takes about 3 large zucchinis and 2 big eggplants. We also like using 2 cans of navy beans to have more filling. I could eat this every day! Thanks for an awesome recipe!

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Elena August 22, 2017 at 8:17 pm

This is one of my favorite meals! Thank you so much for sharing !! I’ve made this multiple times but I added arugula to the bean filling because I had a surplus and it was delicious :)

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Doe May 7, 2018 at 4:41 pm

I made this and the eggplant was so mushy it almost disappeared! What did I do wrong?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 9, 2018 at 6:17 am

Hey Doe, Oh I’m wondering if it was sliced too thin perhaps?

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