We still eat dairy in our house, but my oldest daughter can’t, so we do make a lot of dairy free dishes. One of them that I make is dairy free Coconut Whipped Cream.
It’s very easy and really is a good substitute for whipped cream,. I will be honest and say real whipped cream is better.. but that said if you are vegan or jsut dairy free and miss real whipped cream this a a very good option.
1 medium eggplant, peeled and sliced into ¼ rounds*
2 eggs beaten
2 cups of almond meal or flour
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried basil
8-16 oz of pasta prepared ( we used gluten free)
25 oz jar of your favorite pasta sauce heated (or homemade)
4 oz of shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese
Parmesan Cheese for garnish (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Prepare 2 cookie sheets with silpats or foil (spray foil with cooking spray)
In a medium bowl crack the two eggs and beat lightly with a fork, set aside
In a medium bowl combine almond meal, salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder, and dried basil (crumb mixture)
Stir to combine
Place each round of eggplant into eggwash, using a fork. Shake off any additional egg before you dip it into the “crumb mixture” (this is important)
Drop eggplant round into “crumb mixture” and with a NEW fork “toss” it with the crumbs until coated. Shake off any additional crumbs
Place round onto prepared cookie sheet
When you are done, discard crumbs and any egg left over.
Place cookie sheets in the over and bake for 40-50 minutes until eggplant is soft and coating is slightly brown on the edges.
Remove from oven
Plate prepared pasta (our family uses less than 2 ounces a person, but your family make like more)
Place 2-4 rounds of eggplant on top of pasta
Top with ⅓- ½ cup of heated pasta sauce
Top with 1-2 tablespoons of shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese and allow to melt
Garnish with Parmesan Cheese
*Note: I cut my eggplant rounds on my Mandoline Slicer on the thick setting and still found it a bit too thin. I think they were a bit thinner that 1/4 inch.. truly just cut to the thickness your family likes, but thicker could take longer int he oven, so be careful not to burn.
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