Vegan Manicotti (no pasta!)
zuchini and turkey

Ingredients:

  • 1 eggplant, cut lengthwise into ¾-inch thick slices
  • 2 cups tomato (pasta) sauce

For filling:

  • 1½ cups firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp Tofutti cream cheese (optional)
  • 1 cup loosely packed basil leaves
  • 1 cup loosely packed parsley
  • ½ cup loosely packed spinach
  • 1 tbsp lightly toasted pine nuts
  • 1 tsp lemon rind
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
Directions:

1. Puree all filling ingredients in a food processor fitted with a standard blade. Refrigerate until ready to use.

2. Salt eggplant slices and let sit 30 minutes. Rinse, drain and blot dry.

3. Lightly spray a nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray; arrange eggplant slices in a single layer on sheet. Broil eggplant 2 to 3 inches from heat until softened, 3 to 5 minutes.

4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread about ½ cup marinara sauce on a 9- by-12-inch baking dish. Place 1 to 2 tablespoons filling in center of each eggplant slice; roll. Arrange rolls in baking dish, seam-side down. Top rolls with remaining sauce. Bake 45 minutes, or until eggplant is tender and heated through.

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