The challenge: combining a handful of different seasonal produce into a dish that could bake alongside the other food prep I had put together for the week.
The ingredients: sweet potato, onion, eggplant, green beans.
The household request: more cashew cheese in our life, please.
This texture-and-flavor explosion!
Served alongside green beans, this dandy little casserole is easy to make, full of awesome healthy fats, and truly filling -- even though it's all just plants! Give it a go and let me know what you think.
Bonus: the leftovers are just as good (maybe better!)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium sweet potato, scrubbed and sliced into 1/8" round pieces
- 1 small white onion, peeled and sliced into thin round pieces
- 1/2 medium eggplant, washed and sliced into 1/8" round pieces
- 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes and drained
- 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/2 tsp curry powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 "flax egg" [1 tbsp flax meal dissolved in 3 tbsp hot water; let sit for 10 minutes]
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup Daiya cheese (optional)
- 1. Preheat oven to 375F.
- 2. To make cashew cheese sauce, combine cashews, nutritional yeast, curry powder, salt, and 1 tsp of the flax egg in a food processor and blend until smooth. Add a little more water if it's too thick: you want a slightly-thicker-than-tomato-sauce consistency.
- 3. Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil into bottom of 12" x 12" baking pan to evenly coat.
- 4. Layer: sweet potato, half the cashew cheese, onion slices, remaining cashew cheese, eggplant, 1 tbsp olive oil (drizzled evenly over top).
- 5. Using the same food processor as in step 2 (don't rinse out), process almonds until they are chunky. The leftover cashew cheese in the food processor will help these become almost streusel-like in consistency. You want them to be clumpy!
- 6. Sprinkle your almonds over top of the eggplant, followed by the remaining flax egg.
- 7. Bake at 375 for 35 minutes, or until eggplant starts to look a little shriveled.
- 8. (Optional: in last five minutes of baking, remove from oven, add Daiya cheese, and return to oven to melt.)
- 9. Allow to sit for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.
- We served ours with fresh farmers' market green beans. SO yummy!