עקסטרעם וועגאַן מאַקעאָווער: Eggplant Rollatini Edition

Tom’s favorite food is Italian food. Lasagna. פּיצע. Baked ziti. Stuffed shells. When we went vegetarian, nothing really changed. We made sure we got marinara sauce instead of meat sauce and that was that. אָבער, when we saw the light and went vegan, everything changed. זיכער, I continued to make Italian food – yummy pasta with red pepper infused garlic oil and lots of veggies, pizza with mushrooms, artichoke hearts and sundried tomatoes – and yes, we used shredded vegan cheese which attempted to melt. אָבער, we were missing the dishes that used ricotta cheese and we were skeptical about tofu as a replacement (we both didn’t really like tofu for awhile; now we love it). On the bright side, I wasn’t making (and eating) a lot of fattening Italian food.

Still I want to keep my hubby happy so I experimented with lots of recipes and finally came up with a simple version of tofu ricotta that I really liked (and so did Tom). It’s fast and easy to make, doesn’t take a lot of ingredients and it’s filled with healthy, delicious spinach to boot. I’ve used it in lasagna but I try not to make that too often because I’m trying to hit that 100-lb. loss milestone. I have used baked eggplant slices to replace the lasagna noodles and that works wonderfully plus kicks most of the carbs to the curb!

But when I want something that is easier to portion and dish out, eggplant rollatini is the way to go! Everyone gets one or two (or three) individual pieces – no cutting required! This makes it easier for me to not overdo it as I might be tempted to cut the size slice I want rather than the size slice I should have. It is also easier and neater to pack some up for Dear Hubby’s lunch the next day.

The mushroom marinara sauce is the easiest sauce ever. It takes less than 20 minutes to make and tastes like it was cooking all day. I don’t add any sugar to my sauce; I have never found it to be acidic but do what you like. אויך, I tend to not peel my eggplant and I don’t salt and drain it either. I have never found the taste to be bitter but again, when it’s your dinner, do what you want. And if you’re lucky enough to have Daiya vegan cheese to use in the recipe, all I can say is I am sooo jealous!! I have yet to taste this magical elixir but I am so looking forward to it.

I served this delicious, yet non-fattening entrée with a side dish of asparagus and grape tomatoes, sautéed in olive oil with onion, garlic and red pepper flakes and a large, green salad.

Now that’s Vegan Italiano! Mangia!

Eggplant Rollatini

סערוועס 6-8 (depending how hungry you are)

2 medium size eggplants
Olive oil spray
Spinach tofu ricotta (זען רעצעפּט אונטן)
Mushroom Marinara sauce (זען רעצעפּט אונטן)
זאַלץ & פעפער צו פאַרזוכן
½ cup Vegan mozzarella cheese, שרעדאַד
¼ טעפּל פריש פּעטרעשקע, מינסט
וועגאַן גרייטיד פּאַרמעסאַן (אַפּשאַנאַל)

פּרעהעאַט די ויוון צו 400 דיגריז. Cut the ends off the eggplant. Cut the eggplants lengthwise, into ½-inch thick slices. Arrange eggplant slices onto baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and spray with olive oil. Bake until lightly browned on each side and tender, וועגן 15-20 מינוט (the 2nd side cooks faster than the 1st side). Remove slices from the oven and allow to cool.

While the eggplant is cooking, make the mushroom marinara sauce and the tofu ricotta.

Mushroom Marinara Sauce

1 tsp. עקסטרע בתולה מאַסלינע ייל
½ מיטל רויט ציבעלע, דייסט
4 קלאָוועס קנאָבל, מינסט
8 אַז. מאַשרומז, סלייסט
1- 28אַז. קענען קראַשט טאַמאַטאָוז
1- 14 אַז. קענען דייסט טאַמייטאָוז (אָדער 2 cans if you like a lot of sauce)
½ צפּ. דאַר אָרעגאַנאָ
½ צפּ. דאַר באַסיל
½ צפּ. דאַר פּעטרעשקע
זאַלץ & פעפער צו פאַרזוכן

Heat olive oil in a medium size saucepan. Sautee onion and garlic a few minutes until softened. Add mushrooms and let brown a few minutes. Add crushed and diced tomatoes and stir. Mix in spices and herbs. דעקן און לאָזן קאָכן אויף נידעריק היץ פֿאַר וועגן 15 מינוט.

Tofu Spinach Ricotta

10 -16 אַז. frozen spinach, defrosted and drained
1 לב. פעסט טאָפו
2 Tbs. נוטרישאַנאַל הייוון
1 tsp. זאַלץ
½ צפּ. שוואַרץ פעפער
1 ½ צפּ. דאַר אָרעגאַנאָ
2 tsp. קנאָבל פּודער
1 tsp. דאַר באַסיל
½ צפּ. דאַר ראָסעמאַרי
1/8 tsp. קייען פעפער

Mix tofu and spinach together in a bowl. Add other ingredients. מישן ביז גאָר בלענדיד. (איר קענען נוצן אַ עסנוואַרג פּראַסעסער אָבער איך בעסער וועלן צו נוצן מיין הענט און שפּילן מיט מיין עסנוואַרג). If you aren’t worried about calories and want to make the tofu ricotta creamier and more decadent, you could add vegan cream cheese, מילך (מאַנדל, רייַז, בין), or soy cream.

When the eggplant has cooled, place a tablespoon of the spinach tofu ricotta mixture on one end of the eggplant slice and roll up tightly. Place a light layer of mushroom marinara sauce on the bottom of a baking dish. Place the eggplant rollatini into the baking dish, seam side down. Continue with remaining eggplant. Evenly distribute the mushroom marinara sauce on top of the eggplant rollatini. Top with the shredded vegan cheese and bake for about 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted. אַראָפּנעמען פון די ויוון, garnish with fresh parsley and serve. Have extra sauce and vegan grated parmesan available, אויב געוואלט.

Nutritional Info (פֿאַר 1 פון 8 סערווינגז):
110 cal. * 10.9g fiber * 5.8 g fat * 5.2g protein

האַנאָע האָבן!

(באזוכט 1,789 מאל, 1 וויסיץ הייַנט)

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8 רעספּאָנסעס צו עקסטרעם וועגאַן מאַקעאָווער: Eggplant Rollatini Edition

  1. toni יולי 21, 2010 בייַ 2:18 בין #

    Rhea i was delighted to read your account of 500 טעג, which i intend sharing with everyone. You go girl! Some good recipes too!

  2. Sue דעצעמבער 18, 2009 בייַ 8:29 בין #

    What an incredible story & FABULOUS recipes! You are one beautiful lady & appreciate your sharing your life & פודז. Who needs all those food shows (except Christina Cooks) when we’ve got YOU!
    Woodstock, IL

  3. Stenya סעפּטעמבער 13, 2009 בייַ 9:47 בין #

    וואַו, can’t wait to try it – definitely want to make the mushroom marinara even if I’m too lazy to do the rollatini. 🙂

  4. taketenx2 סעפּטעמבער 13, 2009 בייַ 4:44 בין #

    This looks amazing! Do you think it’s possible for you to list the WW points too? That would save me so much time! 🙂

  5. Jane סעפּטעמבער 13, 2009 בייַ 2:49 בין #

    May try this for Andy’s son, who is a vegan, or better yet, maybe you and Tom will come, צו, and you can help me with the cooking!

  6. אַנאַנאַמאַס סעפּטעמבער 13, 2009 בייַ 2:31 בין #

    Tom here: this is just the best eggplant dish I’ve had since Rhea’s last one! 🙂 The combination of flavors and textures is amazing.

  7. Furyfaerie84 סעפּטעמבער 13, 2009 בייַ 1:42 בין #

    Awesome recipes, will try these in the future! You are helping me to see I can be vegan and cook great food.

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