No. 1 : Quick Recipe

Mediterranean Inspired Ratatouille Pasta

  • 1 Zucchini, in 1-inch cubes
  • 1 Yellow Squash, in 1-inch cubes
  • 1 Fennel Bulb, in 1 by 2 inch strips
  • 1 Small Eggplant, in 1-inch cubes
  • 10 Grape  Tomatoes, halved
  • 3 TB Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 Tsp Sea Salt
  • ½ Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Cup Minced Red Onions
  • 1 TB Grated Garlic
  • 4 Cups Chopped, Seeded Roma Tomatoes
  • 1 TB Thyme Leaves
  • 1 TB Balsamic Vinegar
  • ½ Cup Capers
  • ½ Cup Chopped Black Olives – Oil Cured or Kalamata
  • 2 Roasted Red Peppers, Chopped
  • Cooked Whole Wheat Penne Pasta

Step One

Preheat the oven to 425F. In a large bowl; toss the zucchini, squash, fennel, eggplant and grape tomatoes with 1 TB of the oil, salt and black pepper. Spread on a sheet pan in a single layer and roast for about 30 minutes, until soft and very browned.

Step Two

To prepare the tomato sauce, heat the remaining 2 TB of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic, chopped tomatoes, and the thyme leaves, stirring to combine. Cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes.  Remove from the heat and add the capers and the balsamic vinegar

Step Three

Add the vegetables and peppers to the tomato sauce. Adjust the seasoning as necessary. Top cooked pasta with the sauce.

No. 2 : Kitchen SCOOP

Don’t save them just for salad – Red Onions add color and flavor to any cooked dish. Although they lose some of their red color when sautéed, they still maintain a sweet mild flavor, and their red color indicates they have quercetin – a good-for-you antioxidant!

No. 3 : Clever Idea

Fennel is a hardy perennial herb with leafy fronds. It tastes like a cross between celery and cabbage with a slight hint of licorice.  For a delicious change, try substituting chopped fennel the next time a recipe calls for celery.

No. 4 : Cheers

Castelgreve Chianti Classico
Tuscany, Italy
Around $14.00

This Chianti is a Riserva – meaning its spent extra time in oak and is aged longer. I am in good company when I say I really LIKE this wine – it has received 92 points from Wine Spectator. Full of earthy cherry flavor, Castelgreve is made mostly with the Sangiovese grape – the traditional grape of the Chianti region of Italy. How can a wine this fine be SO inexpensive? Its made by a cooperative of 160+ grape growers in the area. Run don’t walk to Costco and grab a bottle!

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