Lean and Mean! Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray and 30 Minute Meals. Was watching her prepare this stew and decided to post it; because we are having it for lunch tomorrow. Every Friday for lunch they serve some kind of soup that is hearty with some rice and vegetables. The soup is generally made with root vegetables, all kinds of meat, & beans as well!
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- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus some to drizzle
- 1 bay leaves, fresh or 1 dried bay leaf
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, cracked from skin
- 2 onions, sliced
- 2 large potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1 eggplant, chopped
- 1 zucchini, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- salt, to taste
- fresh ground pepper, to taste
- crushed red pepper flakes, to taste (optional, for that extra zing)
- italian seasoning, to taste
- 28 ounces fire roasted diced tomatoes (from a can)
- 1 cup low sodium chicken broth (we used low-sodium vegetable) or 1 cup vegetable stock (we used low-sodium vegetable)
- 1/2 cup torn chopped fresh basil (10 to 12 leaves) or 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley
- 4 slices whole wheat crusty bread (1-inch thick)
- 1/2 cup grated pecorino cheese
- 1Preheat broiler.
- 2Heat a medium soup pot over medium heat.
- 3Add extra-virgin olive oil, bay, chopped garlic and onions and let them sweat out while you prepare the rest of the veggies.
- 4Work next to the stove and drop as you chop, in order of longest cooking time: potatoes, eggplant, zucchini, and bell pepper.
- 5Season with salt and pepper, cover and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- 6Uncover and add tomatoes and stock and cook 5 minutes more, to heat through.
- 7Turn heat off and stir in basil(we don't use basil here -- instead we add Italian Seasoning and some parsley)
- 8Char bread under broiler and rub with cracked garlic then drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, top with cheese and pepper and return to the broiler for 30 seconds to brown cheese.
- 9Serve cheese whole-grain toast with bowls of vegetable stew.
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Nutritional Facts for Vegetable Stew (Giambotta) a La Rachael Ray
Serving Size: 1 (776 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 568.9
- Calories from Fat 150
- Total Fat 16.7 g
- Saturated Fat 2.5 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 859.8 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 95.2 g
- Dietary Fiber 14.8 g
- Sugars 16.2 g
- Protein 14.9 g
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