Caponata, the traditional Sicilian condiment of eggplant, tomato, and anchovies, is a dark and mysterious concoction. This makeover is lighter, fresher in appearance—and vegetarian. With the inclusion of several garden vegetables, it resembles a ratatouille in both appearance and flavor. The recipe makes use of the season's final harvest of summer squash, eggplant, and tomato. Meal Plan: Prepare an arugula and tomato salad, and toss with a creamy vegan Caesar dressing. Boil some tube-shaped pasta (rigatoni or ziti are ideal), and top with generous spoonfuls of warm caponata.
- In large, heavy pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, oregano, pepper flakes and pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened, about 4 minutes.
- Add eggplant and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Stir in zucchini, bell pepper, squash, broth and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix well. Cover pot with tight-fitting lid and cook until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. After 5 minutes, check that some moisture remains in pot and vegetables aren’t sticking to bottom. If necessary, add a little more broth.
- Uncover pot and stir in tomatoes, olives, parsley and capers. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Serve hot.