Summer vegetables add zest and color for a healthful side dish

Summer vegetables add zest and color for a healthful side dish

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SAN DIEGO, July 21, 2015 — Freshly plucked from a summertime garden or farmer’s market, tomatoes, eggplant, summer squash and leeks can be elegantly combined to make a perfect side dish!

This colorful side dish enhances many summertime entrees such as grilled chicken, fish, burgers, vegan delicacies and more.

Photo courtesy of migle/flickr
Photo courtesy of migle/flickr

The following recipe, Provencal Summer Vegetables, is courtesy of Eating Well:


4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 cups thinly sliced leeks, rinsed and well-drained
5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 large tomatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds), sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 small summer squash or zucchini, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 small eggplant, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/3 cup finely shredded Romano or Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh marjoram


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add leeks, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook, stirring until soft and beginning to brown–about 6 minutes.
  3. Add wine and cook, stirring 1 minute more. Transfer this mixture to a shallow 2-quart baking dish.
  4. Layer tomatoes, summer squash (or zucchini) and eggplant slices in an alternating shingle pattern over the leek mixture (they will overlap). If there are extra vegetable slices, save them for some other use. Sprinkle the vegetables with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil.
  5. Bake the vegetables for 1 1/4 hours. Sprinkle cheese and marjoram over the top. Continue baking until the edges are browned and the vegetables are very tender, for about 15 minutes.
  6. Cool for 5 minutes then serve!

This scrumptious summertime side dish provides approximately 6 individual servings at 2/3 cup each.

Each tasty serving provides 185 calories, 12 grams of fat, 13 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, 323 milligrams of sodium, 457 milligrams of potassium, and no added sugars.

Packed full of Vitamins C and A, the Provencal Summer Vegetables layered side dish is certain to become a summertime favorite!

Leftovers? Scoop up this vegetable mixture and place between two slices of a favorite crusty bread for a delightful seasonal sandwich!

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, is a health care provider of over 30 years. As a featured “Communities Digital News” columnist, LifeCycles with Laurie Edwards-Tate emphasizes healthy aging and maintaining independence, while delighting and informing its readers. Laurie is a recognized expert in home and community-based, long-term care services, and is also an educator.

In addition to writing for “Communities Digital News,” Laurie is the President and CEO of her firm, At Your Home Familycare, which serves persons of all ages who are disabled and infirm with a variety of non-medical, in-home care and concierge services.

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