Wednesday, May 03, 2006

A Good Healthy Recipe...

Gabe's Famous Bean-Eggplant-Tomato Casserole - Quick Version

2 onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 green peppers, chopped
2 28-oz. cans plum tomatoes, chopped
2 T. fresh oregano or 2 t. dried
1 T. fresh thyme or 1 t. dried
2 bay leaves
1/4 t. cayenne, or to taste
2 eggplants (select very young, firm, shiny ones)
3 cans kidney beans, undrained

Bring the onions, garlic, pepper, tomatoes with their juice, and the seasonings to a boil and simmer while dicing the eggplant. Add eggplant to the pot and simmer 10 minutes. (You can peel the eggplant if you wish; I never do.) Stir in the cooked beans and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
10-12 servings freezes well!
Extra-Quick Version: Substitute 2 bags frozen pepper/onion mix for the onions and green peppers.
Southwestern Version: Add 1 tablespoon Southwestern Spice Mix or 1 tablespoon mild chile powder.
Recipe by: Gabe Merkin

Note from Lucy: Still busy with the babies. Jennifer and Justin should be back from picking up Justin's mom sometime tomorrow. I'm sure they will be tired and I'll have the babies at least two more days. My oldest daughter is home, between jobs, for the next three days. She'll be heading out to New York City to work after that. She is excited because she will get to see a musical and Uncle Larry has already promised her that he will take her to the "Met". Inbetween all of that Bonnie will get plenty of work done.
Life goes on!

13 Comments:

At 7:24 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

OOooo, that sounds like a yummmy winter reciepe :o)

 
At 4:36 PM, Blogger DayByDay4-2Day said...

I have some small eggplant in the fridge. I ight try something like this. Thanks.

 
At 8:12 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

This sounds yummy and I'll have to try it since I've been looking for a good eggplant recipe.

 
At 8:36 PM, Blogger Tab said...

Sounds like you got a full plate Lucy and I don't just mean with the eggplant!Life sounds good too..
and I don't just mean the egg plant.You sound happy & healthy!
Thanks for sharing ~

 
At 9:03 PM, Blogger angel, jr. said...

Like beans, eggplant and casseroles. Tomatoes make me gag though.

 
At 3:34 AM, Blogger An80sNut said...

Recipie request, Lucy. What do you make fore someone that is really picky about veggies? B)

 
At 5:36 AM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

michelle - I guess it is winter down your way. Hope you enjoy the recipe.

daybyday4-2day & rachel - hope you enjoy this recipe. I like it because it is easy.

tab - life is busy, but it is good.

angel jr. - I love tomatoes

an80snut - Good question. I have been eating veggies all my life, so it's easy for me. When the kids were little I would put out a try of raw vegtables for them to snack on. They would come home from school hungry and it made a good snack. I would also put a little dip in the middle of the tray for them also. Last night my 4 yr. old grandson was eating "little trees", brocklie. He adores brocklie.

One thing you might try is steaming the vegtables. Steaming brings out the flavor like nothing else. Keep offering the vegtables and hopefully they will catch on.

 
At 6:59 AM, Blogger Pragmatician said...

a recipe at last, too bad for me that I don't like recipes with tomato in them.
More luck next time.

 
At 11:32 AM, Blogger Big Dave T said...

Not sure what 'plum' tomatoes are. We have cherry tomatoes, but I don't like them much. Now if this recipe incorporated mushrooms, it'd be a winner in my book.

 
At 1:53 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Prag and Big Dave - I can't believe how many people don't like tomatoes. Dave - you can always add mushrooms.

 
At 3:30 PM, Blogger Sherpa said...

I love eggplant.


I wanted to go up this weekend and see Bonnie, but unfortunately can't make it. nyc is a ton of fun.

 
At 8:02 PM, Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

I too am an eggplant lover.

This sounds so delicious.

Thanks for posting another LS recipe!

 
At 10:44 PM, Blogger Mountain Mama said...

Here I am 67 years old and I have never eaten eggplant. Can some kind soul explain the taste and texture for me.

 

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