Eggplant Fiesta Ragout

Eggplant abounds this time of year, but there’s only so much eggplant Parmesan a meatless meal lover can take! This eggplant dish is inspired by Mexican cuisine by pairing the produce with black beans, cilantro and salasa. The result is a simple, delicious summertime meal.

This recipe comes to us from Elizabeth Borelli, author of Beanalicious Living.

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  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 pound Italian or Asian eggplant, unpeeled, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 medium red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium red pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (a mini food processor or spice grinder is helpful, if available)
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite prepared salsa (choose your preference, from mild to hot)
  • 1 cup black beans, precooked
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt

To prepare beans from scratch,  soak for at least 8 hours or overnight.  Drain and rinse beans, then add to a large stockpot and fill with water to cover the beans by at least 6 inches.  Turn heat to medium-high and bring to a low boil, then reduce heat to simmer and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  Drain and rinse.

Heat oil in a large saucepan on medium heat, then add eggplant, onion, and red pepper.  Sauté until eggplant is cooked through and onion is translucent, 5 to 10 minutes.  Turn off heat and mix in cilantro.  Let the caponata stand for 10 minutes to blend, then add salsa, beans, and salt.  Serve at warm or at room temperature with tortillas, rice, or your favorite grain.

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Nutrition Information

Eggplant Fiesta Ragout

Servings per Recipe: 4

Amount per Serving

Calories:  122

Calories from Fat:  33

Total Fat:  4g

Saturated Fat:  3g

Cholesterol:  0mg

Sodium:  398mg

Potassium:  261mg

Carbohydrates:  18g

Dietary Fiber:  6g

Protein:  5g

Sugars:  4g

Vitamin A:  25%

Vitamin C:  71%

Calcium:  1%

Iron:  6%

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