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Vegetable Tofu Casserole

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  Eggplant 1 Small, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  Salt To Taste
  Pins 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Vegetable oil 1 Tablespoon
  Zucchini 3 Small, cut into 1/2 inch-thick slices
  Potatoes 3 Medium, pared and cut into 1/2 inch-thick slices
  Onion 1 Large, finely chopped
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm), finely chopped
  Canned tomatoes 16 Ounce (1 Can)
  Homemade vegetable broth/Water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Ground black pepper 1⁄3 Teaspoon
  Tomato paste 2 Tablespoon
  Chopped parsley 2 Tablespoon
  Ground cinnamon 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Green pepper 1 , seeded and cut into strips
  Diced tofu/1 cup ricotta cheese 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Butter 3 Tablespoon
  Whole wheat flour 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Milk 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Nutmeg 1 Pinch
  Egg 1 , beaten
  Parmesan cheese 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), grated

1. Put the eggplant in a colander, sprinkle generously with salt, and let stand for 30 minutes. Rinse well and pat dry with paper towels. Cut into cubes.
2. Heat 1/4 cup of the oil in a large heavy skillet and saute the eggplant until lightly browned. Drain on paper towels and transfer to an oiled 3-quart baking dish.
3. In the oil remaining in the skillet, saute the zucchini until lightly browned and transfer to a bowl. Add the potatoes to the skillet and saute until lightly browned and transfer to a second bowl.
4. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the skillet and saute the onion and garlic until tender but not browned. Add the tomatoes, broth, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 tea-spoon pepper, tomato paste, pars-ley, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Pour half the tomato sauce over the eggplant.
5. Add the green pepper to the zucchini and arrange over the tomato sauce. Sprinkle the tofu (or spread the ricotta) over the sauce. Add the potatoes in a layer.
6. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and blend in the flour. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Gradually stir in the milk. Bring to a boil, stirring, and cook for 3 minutes. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, nutmeg, egg, and half the cheese.
7. Pour the white sauce over potato slices and sprinkle with the re-maining cheese. Bake in a 350-de-gree oven for 1 hour. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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