Easy, fast, healthy and delicious! This perfect weeknight dish takes less than 30 minutes, so it's a regular in our house. You can vary the heat by the kind and amount of chile powder and hot peppers you use. Serve over hot cooked rice, if desired.
This recipe is re-printed from Paul Gaylor's exquisite book A Passion For Vegetables. The book has over 150 unique and innovative recipes from around the world for a huge variety of vegetables, most with full color photographs. Too often vegetables are an afterthought, this book makes them an event, as in this recipe which makes for a dramatic presentation for eggs.
This recipe for the best ever bacon, raisin and broccoli salad is slightly altered from one posted by Martha Carey in a site from Panama, "La Cocina Paraiso" (The Paradise Kitchen). It's a healthy dish, full of vitamins and antioxidants. I won't try to persuade you that it's better than ice cream, but given the choice, I might choose this scrumptious salad.
Caponata is a great farmer's market recipe. It uses bright red bell peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes. It's perfect to make on a weekend afternoon. And it will last all week. Caponata is a thick vegetable relish. Serve it at room temperature with grilled bread, toast or crackers. You can dress it up by crumbling some feta or goat cheese over it. You can also use it to make a sandwich: bread, caponata, crumbled goat cheese, alfalfa sprouts.