This is my own creation and it turned out well, no recipe, no nothing just what came up outta my head so I am going to share and puff myself up a bit because oh my Jesus this was good!!!
As you may know I am married to a non-vegan culinary degree’d chef. This sounded really sweet when he was making most of the meals but when I got laid off as an Implementation Project Manager over voice/data/API software, took Hippocrates Health Institute training, went vegan and became the primary chef (air quotes are necessary here) things can be really challenging.
This dish is a bit of a riff off the vegan moussaka recipe I posted a few years back. There are a few steps but nothing hard.
First I set aside a nice pan I wanted to layer the goods into and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or so.
But before we get to baking, I sliced a large organic eggplant into 1/4 inch rounds. Here you could do the Vegan Bob’s RedMill Egg Replacer and it works very well! I got lazy and skipped that. Don’t skip this step because your panko will stick so much better to the eggplant.
Get a bowl and put about a cup or so of Jeff Nathan Gluten Free Panko, delicious, and add salt and pepper, mix it up. You would not be lazy and dip the eggplant slices into the egg mixture and then dip into the panko. If all you have is panko and no egg replacer no worries, mine did turn out well but as I stated, much of the panko came off in the saute pan and …you know the rest. Don’t be lazy. Do as I say not as I did.
You can saute in organic Olive oil and rest on paper towels to soak up the extra oil. And while the eggplant slices are resting, get your sauce together. Get a saucepan out and add 2 cans of organic stewed tomatoes and paste. This can be warmed.
Get a saute pan out, add your organic oil, sunflower, olive, avocado but say hell no to Canola…it is in everything, Whole Foods switched up to using it in all their prepared stuff that I can no longer eat, thanks oh so much for being cheap. Get a real quality oil.
Slice up half an onion or so, a few bits of fresh garlic, (is there ever too much garlic? ) add some Italian seasoning and stir. Next, add mushrooms. I like weird mushrooms. So I used oyster but you could go with Criminy or a mix of shrooms. I am making an Asian soup later so I just used some Oyster, half a box, feeling I would save the rest for the soup later. Saute this all together until aromatic and ready and then add this concoction into your tomato sauce.
Spices…you could also add smoked paprika. I could huff smoked paprika. Delicious.
Layer your eggplant slices in the bottom of the pan. Top with slices of Miyokos Vegan Smoked Mozzarella. You could perhaps use half a container of the cheese here. Then if you wanted to do another layer and more eggplant for a larger dish, feel free. I just topped my one layer and cheese with the tomato sauce. Then I topped all that with a layer of panko on the top. Into the oven at 350 for 30 minutes.
The smokiness of the cheese added so much complexity to this dish. I hope that you enjoy it too! ♥ Please comment and share if you enjoyed!
Someone recently asked on Facebook is there anyone in the Lakewood area of Dallas that does Canine Massage Therapy. Someone else commented ‘Wow, cool, I didn’t know that was a thing!’ Thankfully we live in a time of great change both in mindset and education when it comes to a holistic approach to animal (and human) wellness. Many savvy veterinarians offer acupuncture and massage therapies and can either schedule a session at their office or refer you to someone skilled in those modalities.
Pet parents want to know what to expect, how often is good, what are the benefits and how much does it cost? I hope to answer all these questions for you but please reach out if I missed anything burning on your mind.
How Often? Every dog (and every human) should have regular bodywork. Costs range from $50 to $100 per session depending upon the area and the education your therapist has as well as travel fees if they must come to you. How often depends upon the dog. Chronic conditions should be treated weekly. Bodywork should be spaced 5 days apart so that you allow for the work that has taken place to have its effect before doing more. So a dog with a chronic condition will benefit from a weekly massage or at least every other week. Dogs with jobs to do may benefit from every 3 weeks to monthly maintenance.
Benefits of massage – The benefits are numerous. Its gonna sound like snake oil it’s so good! So I combine acupressure with several massage techniques when I work on a dog. Recently one of my clients who’s back legs are really shot, severe mobility on the hind end, came to me constipated. He’d not gone in 48 hours. I did the gastrointestinal protocol on him and just as soon as I finished working on those acupoints, the boy got a bit restless, so we took him out to the yard to go BIG poop! I think I did a little happy dance because I love helping these guys out and facilitate the environment where they can all get the healing they wish for.
From spinal trauma, gastrointestinal issues, over-excitement, emotional traumas to arthritis, Hip Dysplasia, to general stressors, bodywork offers great benefits that compliment whatever your veterinarian is doing and facilitate healing.
All animals need to move. The lymphatic system is designed to help detox the body and doesn’t have its own pump; movement is the pump! A dog that is healthy with no imbalances should have a monthly massage. All of us get off balance and canines are masters at queuing off of us. This means many of our imbalances become theirs as they live with us and offer us unbelievable support on so many levels.
Dogs who do have jobs, such as police or rescue work, should have regular bodywork to decompress from all of that. Just like us, they may really love what they do, but they also absorb a lot of stress from the work and this helps the dog relax and get calm. Massage ahead of a big sporting event helps tone the muscles and prime the dog for competition. After a big event, it helps the dog heal from any overwork, any tears or strains.
For Chronic conditions, such as muscle atrophy, arthritis, Hip/hind end weakness, muscles being tight from over-compensation/imbalance, leash pulling (which causes spinal imbalance) weekly massage helps take the patient from chronic trauma to better mobility and less pain.
Leash Pulling – Here I can use my Doberman, Rhett, as a perfect example. Rhett near continuously pulls on his lead. It’s not as bad as when he was a puppy but he is very headstrong and tends to pull. I think my last words if I die while walking him will be ‘Rhett, no pull.’ Rhett had spinal trauma. At first we had no idea what happened or why. Seeing my boy go from a very powerful 100lbs of a lean mean machine to not even having the will to bark, unable to go for walks and couldn’t get up into his favorite chair by himself, just sit and shake and all overnight, was just heartbreaking. We did acupuncture work on him with 2 veterinarians; Dr. Hartai with Spot On Wellness and Dr. Molidor with East Dallas Vet Clinic. Both also do house calls for anyone in the Dallas area. It was during an acupuncture session that I was instructed to provide massage at home in-between sessions. I had zero training but had just been laid off at work so I had time to take the courses and be certified. With the education, I applied my skills first to Rhett and saw where I was able to be a big boost to his mobility in-between trips to the vet for his acupuncture. And it was through the process seeing my boy heal himself and get to what he is today, 98% back to normal, as the inspiration to help others. MRI and surgery were strongly suggested. Evet had suggested PTS if surgery wasn’t an option due to quality of life issues. But I watched the miracle unfold without anything more invasive than tiny needles. I have been asked by many folks what happened to Rhett. It all stemmed from leash pulling. So getting your dog fitted into a proper harness, avoiding the neck and coaching consistently about NOT pulling on the leash is very important.
Life can be stressful, even in the very best of times. Massage and acupressure provide a calm and centered healing space. From Acute to chronic conditions, ranging from stress to gastrointestinal concerns to mobility, pain, and arthritis, bodywork allows for healing and balancing of the spirit, mind, and body. Bodywork is energy work. By moving energy we allow the dog to get the healing he wishes for. ♥