More than being vegan, this dish is also stacked – you will layer all the vegan eggplant parmesan layers on top of one another instead of how they are usually presented. This is a lot more fun to eat, because it becomes an appetizer.

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Eggplant Parmesan [Vegan, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free]

Cooking Time

40

Ingredients

  • 2 eggplants
  • A few pinches of your favorite Italian herbs optional
  • 2 roma tomatoes or heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 small bunch basil
  • A few pinches of smoked paprika optional
  • Vegan Parmesan cheese
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Preparation

For the Eggplant:

  1. Cut the eggplants into medium-size rounds, and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle your Italian herbs on top of each round - this is optional.
  2. Bake at 375°F for 30-40 minutes, or until the eggplant is very soft. Use a fork to pierce it and make sure it's soft enough.

To Assemble:

  1. Chop the tomatoes into round disks, like the eggplant. Tear a few leaves of basil and put them off to the side.
  2. Take the oil-free baked eggplant out of the oven, and allow it to cool slightly.
  3. Then, create your stacks by layering the base of eggplant, tomatoes, a leaf of basil, and 1-2 tablespoons of your prepared Parmesan. You can make as many "floors" as you like. Lastly, sprinkle with smoked paprika if you'd like. Top with a beautiful fresh leaf of basil.