Nancy Macklin, RDN
Nancy Macklin has a bachelor of science in dietetics from Iowa State University and a Master of Science in health services administration from the University of Saint Francis. Macklin worked as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, providing counseling for diabetes, heart disease, and weight loss and as a food service director in health care dining sites. She now serves as a test kitchen dietitian, developing 500+ recipes per year. She is a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and International Association of Culinary Professionals. Find her on LinkedIn.see more from this author
Could you use plain bread crumbs instead of crackers?
Nice meal. I didn’t have plant milk on hand so I used coconut milk yogurt instead. Worked great.
I don’t normally leave reviews on recipes but this one definitely deserves it. I prepared the eggplant a few days before to make prep easier. I blanched the slices for 4 minutes, put them into ice water to stop the cooking, breaded them as directed, and then put them into the freezer. Saved a lot of time! I did add a dollop of homemade WFPB “mozzarella” cheese onto the eggplant when it was almost done cooking. My family agreed that this dish was restaurant quality!
Can these be cooked in a regular convection oven? I don’t own an air fryer…
I don’t have an air fryer, so I have experimented with just baking the eggplant in my oven at 400. Unfortunately, without any oil, the eggplant just stays chewy for the longest time. Eventually, I discovered that if I steamed the eggplant slices until tender, then breaded them and baked them, I had the winning combo… tender eggplant, crispy exterior, no money spent on an air fryer! I also use whole wheat panko breadcrumbs instead of the crackers.
seriously this air-fryer has changed my life. We nailed this recipe on the first try — total walk in the park.
My family and I decided to go WFPB this weekend and our first meal was this dish and it was a hit. With three meat eating males, I was nervous, but they all gave it a thumbs up.