I don’t know about you, but when it comes to fall meals, I crave comforting foods.
Foods that are easy to put together, but taste like they’ve been cooking all day.
You know – spaghetti, baked ziti, lasagna, chili … all those delicious, hearty meals. Meals to curl up on the couch with, to watch a movie, read a good book or even for game day (go Browns!). I have also begun to enjoy the occasional meatless meal and find that if done right, vegetarian dishes can be great fall comfort meals. That’s why when Silk challenged me to join their Sideline Meat campaign and come up with a Meatless Monday meal, I was excited to participate. And challenged to find a meal that even B (as you know, he has a self-proclaimed “meat tooth”) would enjoy.
Introducing this eggplant “pasta” dish. It should be no surprise that I’m choosing a zucchini pasta dish. I’m a lover of my zoodler (aka spiralizer) and I love making zoodles. Plus, the Silk adds a somewhat creaminess to the sauce and served over zoodles, it’s nearly guilt-free. Enjoy!
Zoodles with Chunky Eggplant Sauce
Here’s what you need:
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium eggplant, sliced into one-inch pieces
- 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 3 medium tomatoes, diced
- Generous sprinkle of hot pepper flakes
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup almond milk – I used Silk Unsweetened Original Almond Milk
- 2 zucchini, spiralized (this is the zoodler I use)
- Heat a medium to large size pan over medium high heat. When hot, add olive oil, and then add the chopped eggplant. Cook until brown, about 3-4 minutes, and then flip and cook another 3-4 minutes.
- Add add the shallot and garlic, and continue cooking until the eggplant and the onions are soft, about 3-6 minutes.
- Add the tomato and cook for another 3-4 minutes until it starts to get juicy. Add hot pepper flakes generously over the veggies. I like my food spicy so I added a lot – add as much as you feel comfortable with. Feel free to add salt at this time as well.
- Turn the heat down to medium and add the almond milk. Cook until the tomato sauce is a little thick. When everything looks about done, add in the zoodles. Cook for an additional 2 minutes or so, carefully so the zoodles don’t get soggy, and then plate.
Some questions for you:
- What’s your favorite fall comfort food?
- Have you ever cooked with almond milk? What did you make?
Disclosure: While I was not compensated for this post, product was provided to me by Silk. My views and comments are solely my own and do not represent those of WhiteWave and/or Silk.
For more Meatless Monday posts, check out some of my past recipes or visit the linkup below!