Flash-Roasted Vegetables and Rice with Chipotle Tomato Sauce

A 10-minute Southwestern-style tomato sauce turns rice and roasted vegetables into a special meal.

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A 10-minute Southwestern-style tomato sauce turns rice and roasted vegetables into a special meal.



Vegetables and rice

  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 medium Japanese eggplant, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (1 lb.)
  • 2 small zucchini, cut on bias into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 2 small red bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch-thick rings
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 4 oz. crumbled queso fresco, optional

Chipotle tomato sauce

  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • 1 14.5-oz. can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, halved and sliced 1/4-inch thick


1. To make Vegetables and Rice: Preheat oven to 475°F. Coat 2 large baking sheets with cooking spray.

2. Place rice and 2 cups cold water in medium saucepan, and season with salt, if desired. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 12 to 15 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.

3. Meanwhile, toss together eggplant, zucchini, and bell peppers with oil and chili powder in large bowl. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Spread on prepared baking sheets, and roast 20 to 25 minutes, or until tender and beginning to brown, turning occasionally.

4. To make Chipotle Tomato Sauce: Blend chipotles and garlic in blender until smooth. Add tomatoes, and pulse until almost smooth but with some texture.

5. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until browned and softened. Stir in tomato mixture, reduce heat to medium, and simmer 5 minutes, or until thickened.

6. To serve: Spread rice in bottom of casserole dish. Top with vegetables, then Chipotle Tomato Sauce. Sprinkle with queso fresco (if using).

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 369
  • Carbohydrate Content 60 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 11 g
  • Fiber Content 6 g
  • Protein Content 8 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 2 g
  • Sodium Content 268 mg
  • Sugar Content 12 g