Friday, December 14, 2012

Vegetarian Dish!

Missy, here. And last week, I promised Kav a vegetarian dish. :)

First, let me say this is a modified recipe from Sandra LeeSmith. She posted her Eggplant Casserole  for Speedbo last year. I LOVED that recipe! I've made it at least twice.

But for Thanksgiving, my sister was coming. And she's a vegetarian. So I decided to come up with a veggie version.

Here's Sandra's list of ingredients, updated for my purposes:

1 cup brown rice (3 cups cooked)

1 large eggplant pealed and cubed

1 onion chopped

1 package veggie or soy crumbles

½ cup dry sherry or dry wine

1 ¾ cup canned tomatoes, drained (14 oz can)

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I also used shredded Italian cheese on top)

1 ½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

First the prep:
Cook the rice. Yes, I use Boil-in-bag! :)

Put cubed eggplant in boiling salted water and boil for five minutes.

Brown onion in a little oil and add in the veggie crumbles. I really like the Morning Star Farms Grillers Recipe Crumbles. I just used them frozen.

Add tomatoes and sherry: bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes.

Add drained eggplant, cooked rice and all remaining ingredients.

Transfer to a 3 quart buttered casserole dish.
NOTE from Missy: I always put in 2 dishes and freeze the smaller one so I can have it later for lunches.

Though it has cheese in it, I always sprinkle some (A LOT!) on top. Isn't everything better with cheese???

Sorry I didn't rotate the photo! Ran out of time.

Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour (Or just heat in microwave).

I actually put it in the oven while it was still pretty hot from cooking on the stove. I just baked about 30 minutes, long enough for the cheese to melt and the casserole to bubble.



  1. Yummy! I love anything with bubbling cheese on top!!

  2. I told my hubby this stuff is addictive, but that I suspected it was because of the cheese. :)

  3. yum sounds good esp the cheese! :-)

  4. There's just something about cheese and eggplant together that's so good! And probably the rice as well. Nothing like a good carb. :)

  5. Hmmm. I might try this one. I love cheese and eggplant together!

    But I have to admit, I'd substitute ground beef for the veggie crumbles. Just sayin'. :)

    1. LOL I was thinking jimmy dean breakfast crumbles... :-)

  6. Missy, you are correct...everything is better with cheese:-)