Make this garden-fresh minestrone while the last of the summer vegetables are on the market stands.
Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat and coat with cooking spray. Add 1/2 cup chopped eggplant, 1/2 cup chopped zucchini, 1/2 cup chopped yellow squash, 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper, 1/4 cup chopped onion and 1 small minced garlic clove; saute 4 minutes.
Add 1 (14-ounce) can of vegetable broth and 1 (14-ounce) can of diced tomatoes, undrained, along with 1 bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
Discard the bay leaf. Stir in 1 and 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley, 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/8 tsp. black pepper, 1 (15-ounce) can of rinsed and drained chickpeas and 1 and 1/2 teaspoons bottled pesto. Cook for 5 minutes.
The trick when buying pesto is to find one without cheese in it! My general survey of about 6 different varieties revealed 4 that did have cheese, and 2 that did not, so you shouldn't have too hard a problem finding one, but do make sure to read those ingredient lists carefully. I bought mine from Dean & Deluca.
Stir in 1 cup chopped fresh spinach, and then serve immediately. This makes enough for 4, 1-cup servings of 140 calories each, but double the recipe easily if you like.
yellow squash $0.78
canned vegetable broth $1.47
canned diced tomatoes $1.67
commercial pesto $13.00
canned chickpeas $1.79
fresh spinach $2.50
The Vegan Pantry
- Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy http://www.wholesoyco.com/
- Vegan milk - Silk http://www.silksoymilk.com/
- Vegan Feta - Sunergia http://www.sunergiasoyfoods.com/
- Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods http://www.galaxyfoods.com/
- Vegan Eggs - Ener-G http://www.ener-g.com/
- Vegan Butter - Earth Balance http://www.earthbalance.net/product.html