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GreenLite Eggplant Ratatouille

Fresh veggies make this dish colorful and hearty. Bring the leftovers for lunch! 

Ingredients (serves 8):

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped (about ¼ lb)
  • 1 lb eggplant, any variety, chopped into cubes
  • 1 large green or red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ lb. zucchini, chopped or sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed, grated, or minced
  • 3/4 lb tomatoes, fresh or canned and drained
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine, or can substitute vegetable or chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 or 2 drops hot sauce, if desired
  • ½ cup fresh chopped basil

Directions:

Throughout this vegetable sauté, depending on the heat of the pan and the juiciness of the vegetables, they may begin to stick. If this happens, add a splash of the wine or broth to loosen it up.

  1. Heat oil in pan with onion. When onion is well-sizzling, add eggplant and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle salt over all. Then add peppers, cook for 2 to 3 minutes, add zucchini, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Push the vegetables out to the edges of the pan and cook the garlic in the center (you may need to add a bit more oil) for 30 to 60 seconds until fragrant.
  3. Dump the tomatoes in and stir to release juice (again, this keeps everything from sticking). Add the rest of the wine or broth and dried basil if you’re using it. Cook until tomatoes are fairly well broken-down. The eggplant should be pretty mushy.
  4. Add black pepper and hot sauce, if you’re using it. (Only a drop of hot sauce; you just want it to “perk up” the flavors, not be spicy.)
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings. If tomato and wine are making it a bit acidic, or the flavors don’t seem to be blending nicely, add a very small amount of sweetener — no more than 1 teaspoon worth. You’ll be amazed how this can change the whole dish.
  6. Mix in the fresh basil, and take off heat.

Units per serving:

  • Protein 0
  • Carbohydrate 1
  • Condiments 0

Nutrition Facts:

  •  5 grams effective carbohydrate
  • 3.5 grams  fiber
  • 2 grams protein
  • 97 calories
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