Vegans, vegetarians and those just looking for a meal for meatless Monday will love this eggplant bean casserole! The recipe that follows is all about the creamy factor, as both eggplant and beans become very soft when cooked. To provide a bit of contrast and texture, though, the skin is left on the eggplant, which provides even more fiber and nutrients.
Although the eggplant cooks right in the sauce, it still comes to the forefront of the dish and really shines. The eggplant is cooked ahead of time, so once the sauce has been brought to a simmer, it takes barely any time to cook the rest. After all the ingredients have been brought together, the dish gets a quick bake in the oven, and you're well on your way to enjoying a delicious meal. Nobody will even miss not eating meat.