Multitasking with food
Recipes for Success
by Erika Holenski, BSc., ND, KW Health Connection
We have become such great multitaskers. We can participate in a teleconference while finishing a report or even be at a conference and put out the little fires of the day with a click from our phones. Have you ever thought about multitasking with food? What does that even mean? To me, a foodie, it means getting the most out of the foods we eat or creating a dish that can be used again in a different way. Try this recipe and check the website for some additional multitasking tips.
Ratatouille is a multitasker’s dream. It is simply a medley of veggies cooked together. The chef can create a different flavour each time it is made by either adding different spices or changing the vegetables. Traditionally it is served hot but it can be added nicely to greens or stuffed into a pita pocket for lunch the next day.
This is the basic recipe to get you started, but feel free to add in your favourite veggies. You can also try portabella mushrooms, kale or carrots.
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 large Spanish or red onion sliced
1 eggplant, cubed
2 bell peppers, coarsely chopped
2 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 can of your favourite beans strained and rinsed (I prefer broad beans or chickpeas)
3 fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 tbsp of fresh oregano
2 tbsp of fresh thyme
2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
Dash of sea salt
Sprinkle of pepper
In a saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onions and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add eggplant and peppers. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep vegetables from sticking. If you find them sticking, add an additional tablespoon of olive oil, or 1/3 cup of water. Add the remaining ingredients and cook until all vegetables are soft, approx. 15 minutes.
Serve with fish or meat dish for dinner. Save the rest for lunch the next day with greens or create a wrap or pita pocket if dashing off to a meeting.
For more multitasking, I have seen this done on the burner of a BBQ when it is just too hot to turn on the stove. Enjoy!