Vegan Italian Eggplant Bake

Recently my husband has adopted a strict and almost vegan version of the Mediterranean diet per his doctor’s orders. His version of the diet eliminates all meat (with the exception of fish), salt (including sea salt), dairy, hot sauce (!) and flour (he is still allowed whole grains). This is a far cry from his previous diet that involved EVERYTHING being covered in hot sauce. Did I mention that he is only allowed ONE cup of caffeinated coffee per day. I couldn’t survive! I’m not going to lie, I’m VERY proud of how awesome he has done with it.

As for myself, the last 2 weeks or so have been VERY bad for me mentally. Because of that I have decided to go back to Paleo. When I started this blog a in 2013 I was doing it and I felt better than I had in ages. I have noticed that my mood and my energy do improve when I follow this diet…now I just need to stick with it!

So veggies are a MAJOR component to both of our diets and this week I came up with this meal to keep us both full and happy. The way I create my meals is I just start grabbing things and mixing them together!

Vegan Italian Eggplant Bake - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated - www.crunchycrafty.comEggplants were on sale this week, so I decided to start with that and base my meal around the classic Eggplant Parm. I cut the eggplant into thick slices, but then altered my plan to chunking it. I decided that the chunks of eggplant would mix better with the other ingredients in my dish.

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Once I got the eggplant chunked, I covered them in olive oil. This was done not only so that they wouldn’t stick, but for flavor…I LOVE olive oil.

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Next I added my old standards, garlic and onion. My baking is the only thing that is safe from them! LOL I can’t help it, I’m Italian!

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Next up was 2 fresh tomatoes. I won’t lie…I may have dipped a chunk or two into some oil and snacked. It’s one of the perks of cooking.

 

Vegan Italian Eggplant Bake - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated - www.crunchycrafty.comI finished off my prep by adding some frozen spinach and Italian seasoning before mixing it all together and covering with foil before popping it in my 350 degree oven. The balance of colors with this dinner was mouth watering.

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I cooked this for 1/2 hour with the foil on and about 15 minutes with the foil off. I finished my plate with a sprinkle of salt, but hubby added some spicy seasoning. It’s all about making it your own! The eggplant wasn’t quite where I wanted it to be, but hubby said it was delicious!

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Vegan Italian Eggplant Bake - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated - www.crunchycrafty.comSo there you have it! IF I wasn’t doing Paleo, I would have topped this with some Parmesan and bread crumbs, but it really didn’t need it.

Have you ever tried a strict diet? What were your results?

 

 

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12 Comments

  1. Katie @ Recipe for Perfection

    I have done Atkins very briefly. That’s the only official “diet” I’ve ever tried. I’m not really good at them! You guys might like this cookbook I read called “A Good Food Day,” lots of veggies and beans and strong flavors from an Italian background.

    • mrsdmeeks

      I’ll have to look into that one!! Paleo doesn’t allow beans, but hubs would love that!

      Have a GREAT weekend 🙂

  2. Sarah (Ruffles and Rain Boots)

    Seriously – this sounds delish and I’m totally adding it to my meal plan for next week. I almost grabbed an eggplant this week but shied away and I’m regretting it now. Pinned!

    • mrsdmeeks

      AWESOME!! It was completely just thrown together on a whim and I LOVE how it came out!! Let me know what you think after you make it 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!!

  3. Audrey@That Recipe

    I just started some eggplant seeds yesterday and I am going to save this recipe for when they produce some fruit. yum!

    Thanks for sharing on Tasty Tuesdays. Hope to see you next week.

    • mrsdmeeks

      YAY!! I do not have a green thumb at all…even though I keep trying! LOL Thank you so much for hosting Tasty Tuesday!

    • mrsdmeeks

      Mmmmm I love the idea of the foil pack. Could be a good camping meal by just popping that in the fire!

      Thanks for stopping by, I’ll check out your party 🙂

  4. Mrs. AOK

    YUM!!!!!! I love eggplant, sadly, not everyone else here does. BOO!
    Thanks for sharing your delicious recipe with us at Mommy Monday.
    XOXO

    • mrsdmeeks

      I think that eggplant is hit or miss. I only like it prepared certain ways because I am picky LOL Thanks so much for hosting (as always!)

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