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Using a fork to slice off a bite of an Eggplant Lasagna Roll-Up
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Eggplant Lasagna Roll Ups

EASY, 10-ingredient vegan lasagna roll ups made with a flavorful, protein-rich tofu filling rolled up into roasted eggplant slices! Healthy, rich in whole foods, and so satisfying.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12 (rolls)
Category: Entree
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Italian-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 2-3 Days

Ingredients

  • 2 medium eggplants (sliced into 12 1/4-inch slices lengthwise* // OR 12 lasagna noodles, boiled)

TOFU FILLING

  • 2 medium lemons, juiced
  • 1 12- ounce block extra-firm tofu (drained and pressed dry for 10 minutes)
  • 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil (finely chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 3-4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ~1/2 tsp each salt + pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegan parmesan cheese (optional)

FOR SERVING

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 C).
  2. Salt eggplant slices on both sides and arrange in a colander in the sink to remove excess water/bitterness for 15 minutes. (If using lasagna noodles, boil, drain and set aside.)
  3. Rinse salted eggplant slices well and dry thoroughly between two clean absorbent towels. Lay a baking sheet on top and place something heavy on top to absorb excess moisture.
  4. Arrange slices on 1-2 baking sheets in an even layer and bake oven for 13-15 minutes. Set aside and reduce heat to 375 degrees F (190 C).
  5. While eggplant is baking, add all tofu filling ingredients to a food process or blender and pulse to combine, scraping down sides as needed. You are looking for a semi-pureed mixture with bits of basil still intact. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more salt and pepper for flavor, nutritional yeast for cheesiness, and lemon juice for brightness.
  6. Pour about 1/2-1/3 of the marinara sauce into an 8x8 baking dish (or similar sized dish) and reserve rest of sauce for topping / serving. Set aside.

  7. Scoop generous amounts (about 3 Tbsp) of ricotta filling onto each eggplant slice or lasagna noodle and roll up. Place seam side down in the sauce-lined baking dish. Continue until all filling and noodles or eggplant strips are used up. Pour more sauce down the center of the rolls for extra flavor (see photo).
  8. Bake for 15-23 minutes, or until sauce is bubbly and warm and the top of the rolls are very slightly browned.
  9. Serve immediately with additional vegan parmesan cheese and fresh basil. Leftovers keep for a couple of days, though best when fresh.

Notes

*Eggplant cutting tip: Slice off the bottom and top of eggplant and sit it upright. Then use a sharp knife to make thin slices, about 1/4 inch thick. Alternatively, use a mandolin.
*2 lemons make ~1/3 cup juice.
*Adapted from my vegan stuffed shells. Feel free to add sautéed veggies to the filling mixture for more fiber / nutrients. My favorite is sautéed zucchini.
*Tofu inspiration from Whole Foods.
*Eggplant inspiration from Food Network.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with the lesser amount of oil and marinara and with 1/4 cup vegan parmesan cheese per 12 rolls.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 12 rolls)