“Plantong” – It’s Biltong for Vegans

Often referred to as the king of vegetables, eggplants are a hearty vegetable that does not only boast a delicious taste but are packed with health benefits from providing antioxidants to promoting blood sugar control. Here is an eggplant recipe to add to your snack platter.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Eggplant
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce or Tamari
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • `/4 Cup Apple Juice

…okay so it’s not truly raw

For 100% raw:

  • Replace the soy sauce with 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Replace the brown sugar with 2 tablespoons Raw Agave
  • Skip liquid smoke (you won’t get that smokey flavour that is oh so good though)

We prefer buying a skinnier, purple eggplant type of variety – like the Long Purple eggplant. But if you have a regular old fat dude (Diamond or Black Beauty), don’t worry, slice him in half, and then slice the half into long thin bacon-like slices.

Step 1:

Remove and discard the green top. Then very thinly and evenly slice into bacon-like strips. A mandoline slicer would be great if you have one!

Step 2:

Mix up your marinade in a large bowl and toss the eggplant in, to coat.

Let it soak for around 30 minutes.

Step 3:

Layout the slices on your dehydrator sheets, making sure the slices don’t touch or overlap. 

Dehydrate overnight, or around 12-20 hours. The longer you dehydrate it, the crispier, it gets.

Bon Appetegan!

 

* store in sealed container in fridge *

 

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