Onion can be substituted for the leek if desired.
Swap vegan cheese substitute for the mozzarella, tofu for the ricotta, and skip the parmesan to make it completely vegan!
With the filling, you can spread it between slices for the "stacked effect" before baking in the oven, or you can create a "stuffed eggplant" by rolling up some of the mixture in each slice of eggplant and placing a toothpick through (pre-soaked to avoid burning) to hold it together while baking. This makes it more of an appetizer than a meal.
To add more protein or to bulk up the meal, use a meat sauce or a sauce with meat substitute.
We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.