Breaded Coconut Curry Eggplant Fries

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I just love eggplant!  I love eggplant sandwiches, eggplant curry, eggplant and tofu stir fry.  But, today I wanted to create something a bit different.  So I made these delicious, coconutty, and crunchy eggplant fries.

Reasons to love eggplant:

  1. It is a wonderful source of fiber.
  2. It is a great source of Vitamin B1 and B6.
  3. It is a great source of potassium.
  4. It contains copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, niacin and folic acid.
  5. It helps reduce cholesterol.
  6. It contains antioxidants.
  7. It is a good food for type 2 diabetics.
  8. It helps fight cancer.

So, eat up those eggplants!

Ingredients:

  • 1 eggplant (med-large)
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of whole wheat panko bread crumbs (Ian’s brand)
  • 1.5 cups of unsweetened and unflavored almond milk
  • 1 cup of unsweetened and all-natural shredded coconut
  • 4 tablespoons of Braggs liquid aminos
  • 4 teaspoons of curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger powder
  • 1 vegan bouillon cube
  • coconut oil (3 to 5 tablespoons)

Dipping sauce #1 ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons of VEGENAISE (vegan mayo)
  • 1 tablespoon of Asian chili paste

(mix together)

Dipping sauce #2 ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of VEGENAISE (vegan mayo)
  • 3 tablespoons of Sriracha hot sauce

(mix together)

Note: dipping sauce is not necessary.  It is obviously healthier without it.  My daughter likes these plain or with ketchup.

Directions:

  1. Peel and slice eggplant into fry-sized pieces.
  2. Preheat oven to 385 degrees.
  3. Mix bouillon cube, liquid aminos, ginger powder, and curry powder together.  Set aside.  Note: if your bouillon cube does not mix well, heat up the milk for a minute.
  4. Mix flour and shredded coconut together and set aside.
  5. Grease your cookie sheet with coconut oil.
  6. Pour out the panko crumbs on a plate.
  7. Dip eggplant into the non-dairy milk mixture.
  8. Roll it into the flour.
  9. Dip it into the non-dairy milk mixture again.
  10. Roll it into the panko bread crumbs.
  11. Place onto your cookie sheet.
  12. Bake for 20 minutes.
  13. Serve with your sauces. 
  14. Enjoy!

Note: dipping sauce #2 is spicier than #1.  Dipping Sauce #1 is just a bit sweet and mild.

My child loved them as well!

Raw and Delicious Cauliflower

I have always loved cooked cauliflower.  I love them steamed, stir-fried, curried, etc.  But, a few years ago, my little sister Ivy, suggested I try eating them raw.  So she gave me a recipe for a raw-vegan “popcorn” made from the vegetable.  I have been meaning to ask her for the recipe again because I just could not remember everything I needed to make it.  The only ingredients I could think of were the following: onion powder, nutritional yeast and olive oil.  And, I find it difficult to get a hold of my sister these days, so I decided to improvise.

I was very pleased with the outcome of this “popcorn” and I couldn’t believe that it had taken me this long to make it.

I love the citrus tang and overall flavor of this delicious side-dish!

Also, this dish is healthy!  Cauliflower helps fight diseases, it contains a lot of vitamin C, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 B9, and it is packed with antioxidants.  Nutritional yeast packs a lot of B vitamins (B 6 and B12), protein, riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, folate, etc.  (example: one serving: 1.5 tablespoons = grams of protein, 130% of B12 (DV), and 460% of B6 (DV)).  So, I don’t feel guilty about eating the whole head of cauliflower in one sitting.  :)

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 5 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of lime or lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of braggs liquid aminos for salt (adjust to preference)

Note: for some heat, add a bit of cayenne pepper.  Also, if you have DULSE granules, use a little bit of that (in replacement of salt) and reduce the amount of liquid aminos.

Directions:

  1. Prepare cauliflower: slice, pull apart, and make into bite sized pieces.
  2. Place cauliflower, olive oil, and lime/lemon juice in a container.
  3. Shake it up.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients.  Note: add ingredients little by little to adjust to your taste or preferred flavor (saltines).
  5. Shake it up again.
  6. Serve and enjoy!