March 21, 2012
Ratatouille and Quinoa
Try this delicious twist on the classic eggplant, zucchini, tomato, and bell pepper dish
5 ripe plum tomatoes (peeled and cored)
2 zucchinis (stem and ends removed), cut on an angle into 1/2-inch (1.25cm) slices
2 eggplants (stem and ends removed), cut on an angle into 1/2-inch (1.25cm) slices
1 red pepper (cored), cut lengthwise into strips 2 inches (5cm) wide and 1/2-inch (1.25cm) thick
1 green pepper (cored), cut lengthwise into strips 2 inches (5cm) wide and 1/2-inch (1.25cm) thick
6 to 10 cloves garlic (sliced)
At least 1/2 cup (115ml) olive oil
sprigs of fresh thyme
a sprinkling of cayenne or chopped jalapeño (optional)
1 cup (225g) quinoa
2 cups (450ml) water
1/4 cup (60g) pine nuts
Preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C).
In a 9"x13" (23x33cm) oven-safe dish, layer the vegetables, beginning with eggplant. Then add the zucchini, garlic, peppers, and tomatoes, drizzling olive oil and scattering thyme leaves over the vegetables as you layer them. Salt and pepper the layers to taste, adding cayenne or jalapeño if desired.
Bake for about 40 minutes, pressing down the vegetables and stirring as they reach the desired softness.
Meanwhile, bring 2 cups (450ml) of water plus 1 cup (225g) of quinoa, with salt and pepper to taste, to a boil.
Cover and reduce heat. Simmer until the quinoa is cooked, about 15 minutes.
Serve the quinoa topped with ratatouille and sprinkled with pine nuts.
Note: The ratatouille can be prepared a day ahead.
All figures are per serving (assumes 4 servings).
Fat: 5 g
Carbs: 39 g
Fiber: 14 g
Protein: 9 g
Sodium: 31 mg
Read more from the Guide to Meat-Free Meals