Breadless Roasted Eggplant Bruschetta

This easy recipe is as satisfying as it is healthful and allergen sensitive.  The low-carb and low-fat approach makes it a good diet conscious lunch, and its ability to be hand food makes it a great party snack.  Colorful and bright, with bold spice and warm and cool elements, make your next farmer’s market trip include items such as these! Prep time 10 minutes, cook time 25-30 minutes.eggplantwrap

Produce

3 Medium eggplants

1 Pack Firm tofu

1 large tomato

1/2 avocado (optional)

fennel or dill (optional)

4 “sheets” large flat-leaf spinach or collard greens

Spice Marinade

2 Tablespoons Sunflower or Safflower oil

1/2 Cup vegetable broth

1/3 Cup Nutritional Yeast

1 1/2 Tablespoons sea salt

2 Tablespoons Sriracha (Or 1/2 Tablespoon cayenne pepper)

2 Tablespoons Cumin

1 Tablespoon Turmeric

1 Tablespoon onion powder

{Easy Substitutes: Substitute Zucchini for Eggplant, and reduce cook time by 5 min.  Replace Seitan or Bean/Nut patties for Soy allergies. For a less spicy alternative, consider Tahini instead of sriracha.}

Set the oven to 350 degrees.  Open the tofu and let drain, wrap it in a dishtowel and compress to reduce moisture.  Slice the Eggplant, tomato, and drained tofu appx. 1/4 thick.  20150802_150811_20234279522_o

Mix together the spice marinade and paint both sides of the eggplant slices and tofu slices. Place the eggplant slices evenly on a cookie sheet or roasting pan.  Place into the center of the oven for about 25 minutes, flip over at the 15 minute mark.20150802_152823_19619879294_o

While the eggplant is roasting, “grill” the tofu on the stovetop on medium heat, on a grill plate, skillet or frying pan, or George Foreman grill equivalent. 20150802_153703_20054492858_o All but the frying pan will reduce both fat and moisture for a delightfully crispy and flavorful tofu cake.  In the frying pan, a higher heat and or more oil may be needed for crispiness, but wonderful results with the spice mixture and pan searing are possible without adding additional fat also.  Cook tofu until desired texture, appx. 10-15 min, flipping over every 5.  20150802_154143_20242484675_o

Take the tofu off the heat, and while still hot, add the tomatoes, not-marinated, for 5 minutes, flipping over, until soft.20150802_155138_20234192712_o

On a plate, lay out pieces of spinach or greens appx twice the size of the tofu slices.20150802_154829_20248319071_o  Place a grilled tofu slice, the eggplant, and then the tofu on top.20150802_155603_20248268601_o

Add the tomato, with the slices cut in half.20150802_155838_20242443195_o

Sprinkle with fennel or dill,20150802_160016_20053697259_o and some avocado shavings. Wrap up the greens and Enjoy!

 


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