Eggplant Parm – Gluten, Dairy and Sugar Free.
This is one of my favourites, if you can’t do nightshades you can always swap the eggplant for something out. I like to do this with zucchini as well or even squash when it’s in season.
This is one of those recipes that feels naughty although it's actually healthy. Who doesn't love that?
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
In a shallow bowl, add oil and lemon. Set aside
On a plate add flour, nutritional yeast, spices and salt/pepper
Grab the eggplant slices, coat in oil and spiced "flour" mix
Place the eggplant slices on a pan lined with parchment paper and cook in oven for 20 min, turning once so that both sides become golden.
You want to spice it up a bit? Add some cayenne pepper or try a homemade tomato sauce for dipping. Look for a tomato sauce that has no more than 4g of sugar if you are grabbing store bought.
Want to add a little dairy? If your system can handle it try adding goat cheese, it’s gentle on the system. For me I think it's cheesy enough with the flavour from the nutritional yeast. Man I love that stuff!
Did you know that nutritional yeast is a complete protein?It has 18 amino acids, 9 of which are essential which your body cannot produce.
It also provides the compounds beta-1,3 glucan, trehalose, mannan and glutathione, which are associated with enhanced immunity, reduced cholesterol levels and cancer prevention. You get a pretty impressive dose of minerals such as iron, selenium and zinc when you consume nutritional yeast.
One serving of nutritional yeast provides about 4 grams of fiber, too.
The things you won't find in nutritional yeast also make it a fantastic addition to your diet, such as: very little sodium and fat. Oh and it's also gluten-free.
For those who hear the word "yeast" and immediately worry about candida overgrowth, fear not. Nutritional yeast lacks Candida albicans, the type of yeast that aggravates the fungal infection known as candidiasis.
Just make sure you know your source. If exposed to sunlight it can lose it's potency and health benefits. Buying it in bulk can also pose a risk of cross contamination so spent the extra money on a high end, trusted brand.
Recipe courtesy of Melissa Ramos, check out her latest recipe book for more awesome gut friendly ideas.