Pick up fresh eggplant and tomatoes at your local farmers’ market and make this quick, tasty, and nutritious dish. It replaces traditional noodles with bread, but not just any bread. Lauren Ulm of VeganYumYum recommends “a sturdy ‘artisan’ type bread that won’t fall apart in the oven. This isn’t a job for sliced sandwich bread. It’s best with bread that is even perhaps a little stale."
3 Tbs. olive oil
4-6 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans (28 oz. each) organic tomatoes, blended
2 tsp. salt
4 tsp. dried Italian herbs
olive oil, for drizzling
2-3 medium eggplants, peeled
8-10 large slices of sourdough bread
1 cup breadcrumbs
1-2 large, ripe tomatoes, fresh, for garnish
basil, for garnish
In a large sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat; sauté garlic for 1-2 minutes, then add tomatoes, salt, and herbs; cook for 30 minutes (bubbling), stirring occasionally.
Prep two baking sheets with parchment paper; peel eggplants by slicing off top and bottom and using cut edge to start vegetable peeler; holding eggplant vertically, cut into ½ inch slices; arrange in one layer on baking sheet; sprinkle with salt and drizzle liberally with oil.
Bake eggplant 30-40 minutes at 400º F, turning once, until soft and slightly browned.
Spray both sides of each slice of bread with spray oil and “grill” in hot skillet until browned on both sides OR simply toast bread.
In large baking dish, spread 1½ cups tomato sauce; line bottom of dish with one layer of bread, fill gaps without overlapping; place layer of eggplant on top of bread, followed by another 1-1½ cups tomato sauce.
Add second layer of bread, eggplant, and remaining sauce, covering bread completely; sprinkle top with breadcrumbs, fresh tomato slices, salt and pepper.
Bake 40 minutes at 400º F. Remove from oven, let rest 10 minutes before cutting.
Top with basil leaves and drizzle sweet, thick balsamic vinegar or syrup on plate. Enjoy!
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Over the last few years, report after report has surfaced, conclusively linking animal agriculture to global warming, air and water pollution, and land degradation. The most prominent of these reports, the UN FAO’s Livestock’s Long Shadow, famously credited 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions to animal agriculture, and blamed the sector for a myriad of other environmental troubles. The report stopped short, however, of actually recommending a change in diet, and instead called for improved agriculture practices.
A new United Nations report entitled Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production is the first of its stature to actually stress the necessity of moving away from meat and dairy. Specifically, the paper says that “impacts from agriculture are expected to increase substantially due to population growth [and] increasing consumption of animal products [...] A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products.”
With more and more reports linking animal products to global warming, caring people are getting active to spread the word about veganism! Folks in Fountain Valley, CA are doing their part by hosting a Vegan Earth Day Festival on June 27th. The event will include solar-powered music, fun, video presentations, children's activities, animal adoptions, yoga, and of course, the "best-tasting planet-saving cuisine ever."
The Vegan Earth Day Festival will benefit Orange County People for Animals, International Fund for Africa, Go Vegan Radio, and Haitian emergency relief. "This event will feature world-class live music" note organizers, who ask that people bring clothing, blankets, tents, supplies, and non-perishable vegan food to donate to Haiti "in its new rainy season emergency."