Eggplant Parmesan

Ok, before you go getting your panties in a twist (ew, I said panties), calm down, and remember that I’m not here to let you down. Sure, there is the word parmesan in the title of this recipe, but there is no actual parmesan in the recipe itself. It’s a play on words. Mostly because you guys know what eggplant parmesan is. And if I called it ‘eggplant in a dish’ it just wouldn’t have the same ring to it. This is my dairy-free spin on eggplant parmesan and let me tell you something – I LOVE IT SO DAMN MUCH! This dish makes my heart sing. And since I know a lot of you out there decided to go more plant-based this year, I thought a plant-based Valentine’s Day dish would a fun way to mix things up compared to what I’ve made in the past. I made this dish yesterday for my friend Jess when she came over to watch the Bachelor and she LOVED it! And my husband rated it 8.5 out of 10. He said it was a 10 because it wasn’t meat. Can’t win em all.

PaleOMG Eggplant Parmesan

PaleOMG Eggplant Parmesan

I know what you’re thinking though – BUT JULI, there is cheese in this dish. I can see it, you whore!!!! Remember, I mentioned calming down. Namaste. We really gotta start working on your meditating skills. This dish, like my Lasagna Soup from last week, is made with Kite Hill almond milk ricotta cheese. No dairy! Sure, if you eat dairy on a regular basis, eat real ricotta. The best thing about life is that it’s yours, you get to do whatever you want with it! Eat the cheese or don’t! Just stop yelling at me!

PaleOMG Eggplant Parmesan

PaleOMG Eggplant Parmesan

Wanna hear something kind of strange? Well, it’s not strange, more so funny. Since we moved to our new house in November, we haven’t really met our neighbors. Sure, we’ve had a hello here and there, but that’s about it. Which is the complete opposite of our old neighborhood. We used to have block parties and dinners in our old hood, so it feels a little different here. BUT we just bonded with some neighbors a few houses down because they have two frenchies that Jackson didn’t try to immediately attack for no apparent reason. We’ve been trying to go out with them for a bit now and they mentioned going on on Valentine’s Day for happy hour. And since we have no real plans on VDay because we don’t care about that day, we said yes. So we are pretty much going out on VDay on a blind date to one of the busiest restaurants in town that day. So strange. But I’m excited to finally get to know our neighbors! Everyone seems to have kids in this neighborhood, but they don’t. They have frenchie children. Which are way more fun, in my completely unbiased opinion.

PaleOMG Eggplant Parmesan

PaleOMG Eggplant Parmesan

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Going out somewhere fancy? Staying in and watching reruns of The Office? We just watched The Morning Show and finished it in 4.5 seconds and now I want to rewatch it back through. It’s sooooooo goooooood. I pretty much want to just watch anything that Steve Carrel is in. What a gem of an actor. Ok I need to get to the gym then head to a coffee shop and buckle down for the day! I’m creating my next fitness program for you guys and I’M SO EXCITED!! Kloveyoubye!

PaleOMG Eggplant Parmesan


Eggplant Parmesan

  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x




  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9×12 baking dish.
  2. Slice eggplant, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of salt throughout all the slices, then pat dry with paper towels to get rid of any excess liquid. 
  3. In a food processor, add the crackers, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt, then pulse until broken down into a fine crumble. Place mixture in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, beat egg. 
  4. Place olive oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Once warm, dip an eggplant slice into the egg, then into the cracker mixture, coating both sides and shaking off the excess. Then place into the non-stick pan. Repeat this with all the eggplant, making sure to not overcrowd the pan. This will have to be done in batches. Cook eggplant for 4-5 minutes per side, until browned on both sides, then set aside. 
  5. Once all eggplant is cooked, pour the marinara sauce into the baking dish then arrange the eggplant throughout, press it down into the marinara. Top with ricotta cheese throughout then place in the oven to bake for 15 minutes. 
  6. If you would like to serve your eggplant with gnocchi, cook gnocchi in the air fryer at this stage while the dish bakes.
  7. Top dish with fresh basil and black pepper before serving! 

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


16 thoughts on “Eggplant Parmesan”

  1. Hi Juli,

    This looks amazing! Thank you for introducing Kite Hill to my life…it has made my life so much better! I missed cheese and yogurt and now I can enjoy them once more! Also, eggplant parm is the best comfort food so enjoying this on a cold Valentine’s Day in pjs at 6pm sounds perfect!

    Also….another fitness program???? Can’t wait to see that! (I was one of your beta testers and loved the program so much I am still using it!) I absolutely love the direction your blog is going in, especially including the conversation around therapy. I agree with you that everyone should go to therapy, it is always helpful to have an unbiased person to talk things out with, no matter how big or small the issue may be. (I may or may not have spent my entire day yesterday listening to your most recent podcast episodes.)

    Can’t thank you enough for what you do!

  2. My husband grew up in Colorado and we spent the last 10 years there until moving to SLC late last year. What you describe with your neighbors was very much our experience too, and it actually was one of the reasons that we were willing to relocate to a different city. In mountain towns, it’s definitely a lot more friendly, but the neighborhoods where we lived in Denver in the tech center area & then in Castle Rock, if you weren’t part of the PTA mommy club (ironically, we are parents, but we both have high powered jobs), we never had neighbors who would interact much outside of a casual hello. I compensated by creating women’s groups where we’d have couple’s nights/activities periodically on Meetup. I’ve found SLC to be a lot more friendly (and somehow even more healthy & liberal?), which was a pleasant surprise since all I heard was that I’d be forced to dye my hair blonde and become a Stepford sisterwife.

    That said, I’d move back to Colorado & my standoffish neighbors in a hot second, I miss the 395 annual days of sun and Red Rocks REAL BAD.

  3. Can’t wait to try this, been on an eggplant kick lately!! Have you tried follow your heart / violife dairy free cheeses? They’re good! Follow your heart has a Parmesan cheese that might work with this. Love your recipes, thanks!

  4. Thank you for always sharing non-dairy versions of my favorite foods. I just made this today.

  5. This was great! Made it last night and everybody loved it – even my mother that has never had eggplant in her life (and doesn’t have any dietary restrictions). Thank you for sharing!

  6. I made this recipe this week and it was awesome!! My two eggplants must have been on the bigger side (or I didn’t cut them thick enough) because I had enough eggplant for two and a half 9×12 pans (I ended up using extra crackers and sauce for the second pan). I will definitely be making it again!

  7. Just circling back around to say that this was THE BEST ever! Omg, so good!! And I have to share as well that I have never tried one recipe on your site that wasn’t incredible- every single one not only worked out easily & without fail, but was absolutely delicious!!😋🥰

  8. Another all-star recipe from Juli. Really enjoyed being able to make a vegetarian dish that was filled with great flavor.

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