Recipe by Barbara Ann Ring
"Makes a great veggie main meal!"
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eggplant, cut into 1 inch cubes
zucchini, cut into large chunks
red bell pepper, chopped
fresh tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 cups
salt, or to taste
red pepper flakes
chopped fresh basil
chopped fresh parsley
fresh rosemary, chopped
I love this recipe. I have made it twice. I took the advice of another reviewer and flipped the cooking order of the eggplant and onions. When I cooked the eggplant first it soaked up all the oil and there wasn't any left to cook the onions. It worked much better the opposite way. I also used a can of Italian diced tomatoes (only because I didn't have any fresh) and that worked out great. I added extra water but I also used very large vegetables so that could be why I needed more water. All in all a very good way to use up vegetables from the garden. It freezes great too!
I don't know why, but when I made this it just tasted bland, and nothing I could think of could bring it any kind of flavor.
This dish had nice flavor and was very easy to make. As per other reviewers I sauteed my onions and garlic first, then added the eggplant. After adding the other ingredients I discovered I only had organic rice in the house, which extended the cooking time a bit but otherwise worked just fine. I think I skipped the Marsala (feeding to kids) but we certainly didn't miss it. Thanks for a keeper!
This is a wonderful recipe - the next day! It does requires a lot of chopping...but worth it. I used 1/2 basmati rice and 1/2 white rice.. I preferred the meal the following day... the flavors really gelled then... Next time I will make it in the a.m for a p.m. meal.
Substituted yellow squash fo the zucchini I don't like, the red wine I had on hand for the Marsala, dried basil and rosemary I couldn't get fresh that day and plain rice for Basmati rice and still got a wonderful dinner. We even enjoyed the leftovers the next day. This is an excellent, healthy vegetarian meal.
I added a little black pepper and only 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes, & omitted the basil & rosemary, due to family preference. I also substituted brown rice for the Basmati. I'm giving this 5 stars as my husband loved it. If you added some beans (like cannelini or navy), this would be even more filling & nutritious as a vegetarian entree, instead of just a side dish.
It's like a veggie gumbo - really thick. It came out very sweet (didn't have marsala so I used mirin) so I added some hot sauce. That made a great combo of hot and sweet (if you like that sort of thing). If I made it again I'd mess around with adding hot peppers or at least a lot more red pepper flakes. Also I'd recommend sauteeing the eggplant after the onion and garlic - my eggplant got really mushy from being in there so long.
Didn't vary this recipe much other than I left the zucchini to sweat for about 20 minutes before rinsing. Also used white rice which was fine. Used a 14 oz can of diced italian tomatoes instead of fresh. Added a Tbs. of lemon juice. It was surprisingly thick, so added a little more water. Topped off each serving with Mozza cheese and it was an extremely filling dish! Will probably make this again.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Eggplant, Zucchini and Sweet Red Pepper Stew
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 402
** Calories from Fat: 130
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