Baked Quinoa Ratatouille

Recipe submitted by Kendell Ryan: Image

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 red onion, thinly sliced (I processed the garlic and onion in my food processor)
14 1/2 ounces diced tomatoes (with the liquid, don’t drain)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (I used powdered because that’s what I had)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (I used dried because that’s what I had)
1 large eggplant, cubed (I did not ‘sweat’ this, nor did I remove any skin)
1 green pepper, thinly sliced (I did not know what this meant, so I cut it in roughly square pieces like you would for stir-fry)
2 zucchini, sliced (do not peel)
1 summer squash, sliced (do not peel)
1 cup cooked quinoa (cooked according to packaged directions, I used pre-rinsed quinoa in a box from the grocery store.)
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese

Directions:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add garlic and onion.
  4. Saute until softened, about 5 minutes. (the onion starts to turn clear).
  5. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, basil, thyme and parsley. Continue to cook for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Layer half of the tomato and onion mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish (I sprayed mine with Pam first).
  8. Top with ALL of the uncooked vegetables.
  9. Add the remaining tomato and onion mixture and spread over the top.
  10. Spread the cooked Quinoa on top, then sprinkle with cheese.
  11. Cover with foil and bake for 40-45 minutes.
  12. Remove foil for the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  13. Also, the sauce seemed too scanty when I spread it in the pan, barely enough to very thinly ‘cover’ the vegetables, but there must be a lot of moisture in the vegetables because the sauce was a perfect proportion for us when it was cooked.
  14. It has loads of good-for-you stuff in it, it looks pretty and colorful and tastes like a ‘fancy’ dish while being actually quite easy. It is also vegetarian and gluten-free, which is cool for those folks who need that stuff.

 

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