Serves 4 time: about 40 minutes
Eggplant is the food of the gods, especially when roasted. I don’t add any oil to it. Roast it whole for an hour in a 425′ oven, until soft. You can put in the same roasting pan while you are baking a whole chicken, and use it the next day or two. The time will vary with the size of the eggplant of course, but for this recipe I used a medium eggplant. My other favorite vegetable is artichokes. My family teases me that I put artichoke hearts in almost everything (ok not desserts). They add a subtle sweetness to the dish. I use the pale green zucchini which doesn’t have the bitterness of regular dark green zucchini. Small zucchini have a better taste.
For a vegetarian version, just omit the chicken. Vegans can omit the parmesan cheese as well.
1 medium eggplant
1 Tb olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 chicken breast (2 halves), chopped
1 sprig oregano, diced to make 1 Tb.
1 sprig rosemary, minced to make 1 tsp.
3 cloves garlic, minced, or 3 cubes frozen garlic*
1 cup fresh red bell pepper or frozen sliced bell peppers*
4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
10 mushrooms, chopped
15 oz. can garbanzo beans
1 tsp salt to taste
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tb red wine
1 tsp sugar
2 small pale green zucchini, chopped
1 bunch spinach, leaves only, chopped
14 oz. can artichoke hearts in water,* drained and sliced
3 sprig basil, diced to make 1 Tb
*(you can get these at Trader Joe’s)
Roast eggplant (prick it with a fork before putting in the roasting pan to prevent an explosion!) and let cool; then scoop out and chop.
Pick fresh herbs: 1 sprig each of oregano and rosemary, and 3 sprigs basil.
Sauté onion in 1 Tb olive oil for one minute, then add chicken breast.
Add garlic, chopped mushrooms and sliced bell peppers, eggplant, Roma tomatoes, garbanzo beans, rosemary, oregano, and salt. Add balsamic vinegar, wine and sugar. Cook for 10 minutes.
Add zucchini, and artichoke hearts . Cook for a few more minutes until zucchini and artichoke hearts are hot. Place spinach on top and cook covered a few minutes, until spinach is wilted. Mix in basil.
Serve over ½ lb penne or spaghetti, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.