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Eggplant Parmesan

This dish is simple to make and impressive even for your fussiest diner guests. It could become a family favourite in no time.


  • 1 very large eggplant, sliced into ½-⁠inch thick rounds
  • 3 cups of your favourite marinara sauce
  • ½ cup packed fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ cup Daiya mozzarella cheese or other favourite vegan cheese, shredded
  • ¼–½ cup avocado oil or favourite cooking oil
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup or favourite sticky syrup
  • 1–2 Brazil nuts, finely grated or microplaned (optional)
  • 1–1½ cups gluten-free bread crumbs (optional)


In one flat-bottom bowl, stir together the oil and maple syrup. Put the bread crumbs in a second flat-bottom bowl. Brush or dip each eggplant round in the oil mixture, then in the bread crumbs, covering all surfaces.

Place the coated rounds on a baking sheet and place in a preheated 450 °F (235 °C) oven for 30 minutes, carefully flipping each over halfway through cooking. After 30 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven.

In the bottom of a large glass baking dish, spread about ½ cup of the marinara sauce and then place the eggplant rounds on top of the sauce. Cover the round with 1½ cups of the marinara sauce. Sprinkle with the chopped fresh basil, followed by the remaining sauce. Top evenly with the shredded vegan cheese, followed by a sprinkle of the grated Brazil nuts (if using).

Bake for 15 minutes at 450 °F and serve hot.

Serves 2–3.

Theresa Nicassio, PhD, Psychologist

Theresa is a wellness educator, radio host, and the award-winning author of YUM: Plant-⁠Based Recipes for a Gluten-⁠Free Diet.