Socca: One More Thing off the Cooking Bucket List

Socca. I’ve always wanted to try it. 

So I finally did. 

The maiden voyage results...
The maiden voyage results…

 

 

This will be a quickie post – not a lot to it.  Got the recipe at Marmiton [link removed 6/1/24 – it is getting me spaminated]. Used a cast iron skillet in a 500* convection oven.

It was….fine.  And, btw, that cheese wedge is that new vegan brie-compatible,White Alder. It, too, was…fine. Had it not cost the week’s coffee money (since it is only available at Whole Paycheck), I might have been more impressed.  But, to be able to have a cheese-like substance in our house is a good thing.

 

Good for a quickie afternoon snack.
Good for a quickie afternoon snack.
Socca Niçoise
Serves 4
Essentially a chickpea flour pancake.
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
10 min
149 calories
13 g
0 g
8 g
5 g
1 g
50 g
310 g
2 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
50g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 149
Calories from Fat 73
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
13%
Saturated Fat 1g
5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 310mg
13%
Total Carbohydrates 13g
4%
Dietary Fiber 2g
10%
Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 c. chickpea flour
  2. 1/3 ice water
  3. 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  4. 2 Tbsp olive oil
Instructions
  1. Put a cast iron skillet in the oven, and preheat it to 500*. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk til smooth - should be the consistency of crepe batter. Add more ice water as needed.
  2. Once the oven's hot, take out the skillet, brush some olive oil to make a thin coat. Pour in half the batter and smooth it out - it should not exceed 1/8" thick.
  3. Bake about 7 minutes - you'll know when it's done. The edges will pick up and the top will be dull and perhaps golden. Pop that bad boy out of the skillet, oil it again and put in the second half of the batter.
  4. Eat immediately, cut in to squares and liberally sprinkled with fresh ground black pepper.
Adapted from Marmiton online recipes
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A Note on the Hoarding of Brown Bananas; or, It May Be Time to Make Banana Bread

Rich, dense and buttery; chock full of tasty bananaloids.
Rich, dense and buttery; chock full of tasty bananaloids.

I have a deep dark secret. I cannot throw away a banana. When they go brown in our house, in to the freezer they go.  Then, one day I open the freezer and it’s like they were banana tribbles.  When the hell did all those naners get in there?! Oh, wait. Right. So….time to make some banana bread it is.

Betty Crocker has this amazing BB recipe that I’ve barely tweeked. It’s really yummy, dense and moist and full of bananaloids. It comes together lickity quickity.

8" loaf pan from Chicago Metallic
My precious!

 

Having good, solid tools for cooking makes the process easier and more fun. In that vein, I am always on the lookout for serious quality bakeware.  Home Goods is a great place, especially around the holidays.  I love my Chicago Metallic pans – they are serious shit. Heavy. Nonstick. Steel. I reduce my temp by 15* to the recipe because of their dark finish, but they are awesome. 

Sprinkled with sugar. They get so sparkly! 

Ready for the oven
Ready for the oven

 And now, the whole house smells great. Waiting for these babies to cool and slice seems like it will take forever.

Drizzled with a little melted butter.
Drizzled with a little melted butter.

 

Have a slice.
Have a slice.

 Alrighty  – two beautiful loaves. One for us, one for the neighbors (you remember the neighbors, the ones who bring us all the goodies from M-O-M? Yeah, gotta take care of each other.)

Banana Nut Bread
Serves 24
Beautiful, moist and buttery with good banana flavor
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
172 calories
24 g
26 g
7 g
3 g
3 g
55 g
75 g
11 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
55g
Servings
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 172
Calories from Fat 64
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 3g
15%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 26mg
9%
Sodium 75mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 24g
8%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 11g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
2%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The wet
  1. 1 1/8 c sugar (plus some to sprinkle on top)
  2. ½ c butter, melted
  3. 2 eggs, room temp.
  4. 1 ½ - 2 c. puréed overripe bananas (about four med)
  5. ½ c buttermilk
  6. 1 tsp. vanilla
The dry
  1. 2 tsp bkg pdr
  2. ½ tsp salt
  3. 2 ½ c flour
  4. ¼ tsp bkg soda
  5. 1 c chopped nuts (plus more for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350*.
  2. Grease two loaf pan bottoms & corners, and line bottom with parchment.
  3. Mix together the wet in the mixer.
  4. Sift together the dry and add to the wet, barely mixing. Lumps ok.
  5. Put in the pan(s), sprinkle with nuts and sugar, bake 350* for an hour.
  6. Cool ten minutes, slice a spatula or butter knife along the edges and depan them to finish cooling. (Hello, parchment, I love you.)
  7. Enjoy. This is definitely a Maginnis favorite.
Notes
  1. This will only work if your bananas are seriously overripe. Like, black or almost. But *not* if they're at the "my, that smells like banana rum" stage.
  2. Makes two loaf pans 8"x4 1/2" or one 9"x5"
  3. Betty uses 1 1/4c sugar, but I take some out because of the extra banana and the sugar on top.
  4. I've tried half brown half white, but my loaves burned. Will need to experiment/research more for that.
Adapted from Betty Crocker
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Velouté d’asperges et courgettes au thym et citron (it sounds so fancy for leftovers…)

Some parts of being a former French teacher I will not let go – the biggest being a serious French Food Fangirl, and proud of it. Why? Allow me to illustrate – they can take the bits of stuff we would have thrown out and turn it in to something extraordinary.  This is creamy asparagus soup made with asparagus butts. You know, those end pieces you trim off and throw away? 
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This is a super simple recipe and you can discern every ingredient with each bite – the sweetness of the squash and onion, a faint note of celery, the earthiness of the asparagus, touches of lemon and thyme and through it all the gorgeous richness of that butter. Oh, my.

 

This beautiful, rich, fresh-tasting soup came to be because I was going to post about a roasted asparagus salad but wound up with some serious woody asparagus stems.
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And that made me think of my last French host mom, and how horrified she would be if I threw that much food away. So, I put those, and a couple chopped up courgettes, a celery rib and a slice of onion in the steamer.
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After twenty minutes, I puréed it with some warm chicken stock, pushed it through a mesh sieve, put in a ton of butter and a dash of lemon zest and fresh thyme and called it exquisite. Which it was. 

Asparagus Courgette Soup

The next time you have some asparagus butts, make this. You will be SO happy!

Asparagus Squash Soup with Lemon & Thyme
Serves 2
Fast, healthy creamy soup equally delicious hot or at room temp.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
217 calories
12 g
46 g
18 g
6 g
11 g
367 g
28 g
8 g
1 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
367g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 217
Calories from Fat 159
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
28%
Saturated Fat 11g
56%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 46mg
15%
Sodium 28mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 12g
4%
Dietary Fiber 5g
20%
Sugars 8g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
40%
Vitamin C
74%
Calcium
7%
Iron
20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of asparagus butts
  2. 2 courgettes (zucchini/dark green summmer squash)
  3. 1 small celery stalk
  4. 1 thickish slice of an onion (about 1/4")
  5. Chicken broth as needed
  6. 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  7. 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  8. 1/4 tsp fresh thyme leaves
Instructions
  1. Steam the veg for 20 minutes.
  2. Purée in your food processor for a good bit with enough hot broth to get it going. You can add the rest of the ingredients here, or after you strain it - your choice.
  3. Strain the purée through a mesh sieve to get out the woody parts of the stem and celery strings.
  4. Serve with a lemon wedge, and if you're feeling truly daring another pat of butter.
  5. Now in your best Julia voice, say "bon appétit!"
Notes
  1. Serve with some garlicky croutons and Yum!
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Aw, Bitch Please (with those damn roasted chick peas)

Oh, food trend. You fucking hipster. Fine. You got me.  And lawdee lawd, do you suck.

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The meta blogs are all roasted chickpea this, and roasted chickpea that. And Billy loves him some chick peas. So I started to think,  my that sounds delicious! They must know something I don’t know! Surely roasting them will not return them to their pre-cooked state, as my girlfriend T. jokingly asked at Happy Hour last. 

Wrong. 

First batch – she-who-shan’t-be-named’s recipe states 400* for 40-50 minutes, stirring occasionally. Results? Bits of charcoal, quickly tossed in the carport to avoid stinking the whole house.

Second batch – (after recipe research and comparison, and the determination not to be bested by a garbanzo bean) 375*, 35-45 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Seasoning – pimentòn ahumado dulce, garlic and onion powder, flaked kosher salt, olive oil. 

Peas – one 14.5 oz, drained rinsed and dried (but not peeled. The Goddess gives us fiber for a reason, people.)

Oven – convection @ 375*

Second batch – stirred every ten minutes. Not bits of coal this time, but rather a range of barely a crust on the outside to T’s predicted rock-hard state.

But, here’s the thing. The first bite or two you really taste the seasonings, and think “hmmm” and can possibly forgive the erratic textures.  Possibly. But after that? You’re just munching on this sometimes almost soft, sometimes break-your-teeth-crunchy canned-chickpea-flavored stuff.  

Don’t be fooled by the hipster food – it’s fucking with you.  Not even one of Bill’s super amazing Bloody Marys could  make me want to eat this shit.
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Curried Lentil Soup

3/8/15 – Alas, dear friends, this post was also hacked. And I did not see it before I had the back up version restored. So…..we have some pictures, and the recipe….
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Curried Lentil Soup
Serves 8
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
355 calories
24 g
68 g
26 g
8 g
15 g
381 g
438 g
7 g
1 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
381g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 355
Calories from Fat 229
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g
40%
Saturated Fat 15g
77%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 68mg
23%
Sodium 438mg
18%
Total Carbohydrates 24g
8%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 7g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
95%
Vitamin C
17%
Calcium
4%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1# green lentils
  2. 3 carrots, peeled and in soup-sized discs
  3. 2 Tsbp. unsalted butter.
  4. 2 potatoes, peeled and in 1" dice
  5. 1/2 large white onion, in 1/2" dice
  6. 2 celery stalks, in soup-sized discs
  7. 2 quarts chicken stock
  8. 1/4 c. Patak's mild curry paste
  9. Chopped cilantro and sliced lime for garnish
Instructions
  1. Rinse and inspect the lentils for any undesirables.
  2. In a large soup pot, heat the butter on medium and add the onion and potato. Cook until the onions begin to get clear around the edges and the spuds have absorbed some of the butter.
  3. Add everything but the garnish to the pot, simmer on medium-low for about forty minutes.
  4. It's done when the lentils are tender.
  5. Take your stick blender to one side of the pot and blend about half - this makes for a creamier soup.
Notes
  1. Buy the curry paste. It is FAR superior to the powders.
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The Quest for the Perfect Cranberry Scone, Episode 2

Cranberry Clementine Scones
Cranberry Clementine Scones

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3/8/2015 – Well, this sucks. This post was hacked and deleted, and I don’t have a back up. Stupid hack fucks.  At least we still have pictures, and honestly this is the same scone base I always use, just with two Tbsp clementine zest and 1/2c. chopped fresh or frozen cranberries added and skip the lemon and pistachio, and the glaze is made with the juice from those clementines. 

 

Not-So-Cherry Cherry Tomato Jam

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So, you know when you go to Costco and get that HUGE clamshell of cherry tomatoes, and you tell yourself – Oh! I’ll eat all of them. They look so good! I’ll have some every day!  
Only a week later they look like this?

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What to do, what to do? Soooo many cherry tomatoes. Some a little on the sad side. Well at our house, that means cherry tomato jam.  

This stuff is like grown-up ketchup – it goes on everything.  On a sliced baquette with some goat cheese. On a pork chop. On a ham and cheese scone. On a bacon sandwich. Everything, I tells ya.

I make mine with the toms, some grated onion and sliced shallot, thyme, sugar, balsamic vinegar, worcestershire, garlic and olive oil.

All the bits...
All the bits…

 Since these were M-O-M cherry tomatoes, and most likely not organic, I gave them two good washes with soapy hot vinegar water.

IMGP2749Anybody with a split skin, I tossed.  (Hello? Hot soapy vinegar water?)  Next, slice the toms in half. These aren’t cranberries – they don’t automatically pop when they’re done. Trust me, I’ve tried.  You get stuck trying to mash them at the end and it’s a pain. Plus, this way you can inspect each one.

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Throw them in the pot and simmer on low for a couple hours. I actually wound up having to add some tomato paste to mine. It *is*January, they weren’t exactly chock full of tasty tomato-loids.

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You can can it at this point. Or freeze it. Or just toss it in the fridge for up to a few weeks. I’ve been known to make a mini batch of these when I’ve got a partial pint mummifying on the counter.

I tried to use less sugar this time, and it did not set up – it’s like a thick tomato jam sauce type thing. But still *very* tasty. Just not as pretty. And, unfortunately, I’ve promised some to friends so hello, cooking shame. Haven’t seen you in like…a day.

So tasty!
So tasty!

Alright – moral of the story? Never throw away ageing cherry tomatoes again!

 

Cherry Tomato Jam, Not-So-Cherry
Serves 56
Sweet and tangy with thyme, vinegar and mild onion. Yum!
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
2 hr
42 calories
8 g
0 g
1 g
0 g
0 g
45 g
2 g
8 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
45g
Servings
56
Amount Per Serving
Calories 42
Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
2%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 8g
3%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 8g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
6%
Calcium
0%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 4 pints cherry tomatoes (about 1.25 #), superwashed and halved
  2. 2 c. sugar *
  3. 2 c. water
  4. 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  5. 1/3 c. grated onion
  6. 1 medium shallot, sliced in to thin rings
  7. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  8. 1/4 c. (4 glugs) of good olive oil
  9. 1 Tbsp. wocestershire sauce (you know you can get anchovy-free vegetarian sauce, right?)
  10. 1/8 c. balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Wash and halve the toms.
  2. Throw everything in a large pot and simmer on low for two or so hours.
  3. Can it or freeze it.
Notes
  1. This made seven half-pints.
  2. You may want to add a touch more balsamic if you are freezing. Because I canned mine, I put two teaspoons of cider vinegar in each jar before filling it.
  3. You should double the sugar if you'd like a more jam-like consistency.
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Sweet Potato Kale Skillet with Chicken, Garlic & Onion

No process shots this week, kids. Just the final product – this is a planned over.  When chicken breasts are on sale for 99 cents a pound, I always buy a big pack and roast them, then dice them and freeze them for quick meals through the week. 

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This dish features beautiful kale – they way it is best. Sautéd with garlic, served with a touch of balsamic vinegar.  Not puréed in to some hipster smoothie like a hamster shat in your glass, or baked to a chip that looks and tastes like the shit petrified in your fridge for six months.  No, this is luscious, tender but firm, sweet and slightly bitter.  A fantastic foil for the melting sweetness of the onion and potato. Yum!

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Sweet Potato Kale Skillet with Chicken
Serves 2
Quick planned overs - sweet potato and onion sauteed with kale, garlic and chicken. Served with a nice balsamic vinegar.
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
272 calories
18 g
37 g
15 g
17 g
2 g
274 g
347 g
4 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
274g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 272
Calories from Fat 134
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
23%
Saturated Fat 2g
12%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 37mg
12%
Sodium 347mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 18g
6%
Dietary Fiber 3g
10%
Sugars 4g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A
185%
Vitamin C
9%
Calcium
5%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2Tbsp olive oil
  2. 1/2 medium white onion, sliced in crescent moons
  3. 3 minced cloves of garlic
  4. 1 large roasted sweet potato, cubed
  5. 1 large cooked chicken breast, cubed
  6. 1 small bunch of kale, chopped
  7. 1 c. chicken broth
  8. S&P
Instructions
  1. First, roast the sweet potato. Pierce it a couple times and roll it up in sheet of wax paper, twisting the ends. Cook it in the microwave for 7-8 minutes. Get the rest of your mis en place done while it cooks. Let it cool for a couple minutes, then peel and cube it. It will be HOT, be careful. And it doesn't have to be 100% done because it's going to cook in the pan with the kale.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet.
  3. Add the onions and stir over medium high for a couple minutes until they're halfway translucent. Add the cubed sweet potato and chicken, toss to coat with the oil and onion. Lay all the kale on top, and sprinkle the garlic over the kale. S&P. Reduce the heat to low, pour in the chicken broth and cover.
  4. Cook about 20 minutes, until the kale is what you consider done. Check after 10 if you like it still mostly raw.
  5. Serve with a sprinkling of good balsamic vinegar and a grind or two more of the black pepper.
Notes
  1. You could totally make this with rotisserie chicken, or even those frozen cooked chicken breasts, but I would leave out the salt and use 2/3 c stock and 1/3 c water. You can always add more salt at the end if needed.
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Ratatouille au tofu

Our neighbors went to Market on the Move and brought us this beautiful eggplant. And peppers. And squash. 

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It’s “Meat-Free Monday” at our house. And, honestly at this trail-end of the holiday season if I see one more damn cookie or chocolate-covered-whatever, I think I’m going to explode.  So a ratatouille sounds just right. Fast and warm, full of yummy vegetables. Easy to make. Thanks to our neighbor’s generosity, now all the ingredients are on hand:

Some diced canned tomatoes (lighten up, purists, it’s December),

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Basil, tomato paste, olive oil and garlic,
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some cubed extra-firm organic tofu,

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onion, bell pepper, zucchini and the eggplant,

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 Put them together, and bam! So long, seasonal overindulgences.  Kiss my tofu.
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Ratatouille au tofu
Serves 4
Fast and savoury. A southern French vegetable dish with the added lean protein of tofu.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
197 calories
20 g
0 g
11 g
10 g
1 g
449 g
115 g
11 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
449g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 197
Calories from Fat 95
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
17%
Saturated Fat 1g
7%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 115mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 20g
7%
Dietary Fiber 8g
33%
Sugars 11g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A
21%
Vitamin C
102%
Calcium
19%
Iron
21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 white onion, diced
  2. 2 Tbsp olive oil
  3. 2 minced gloves of garlic
  4. 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  5. 3 med. zucchini, diced
  6. 1 small bell pepper, diced
  7. 1 small eggplant, diced
  8. 1/2 lb extra firm tofu, diced
  9. 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, or 3 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  10. 1 Tbsp. basil leaf chiffonade
Instructions
  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet. Add the olive oil, saute the onion for a minute or two. Add the garlic and tomato paste, and saute for a minute or two. Add the rest of the diced vegetables and tofu, and saute for a minute or two. Add in the diced tomatoes and basil, stir. Cover and simmer on low for 20-30 minutes.
Notes
  1. Serve with rice. Or pasta. Or by itself with a good crusty loaf.
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