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Eggplant Zucchini Squash Stew

Eggplant_stewBy Ellen Troyer and the Biosyntrx staff-A fantastic low-calorie, nutrient-dense, eggplant-zucchini- squash stew.
This is a favorite, quick and easy to prepare, delicious and very filling, 175 calorie lunch or dinner that can be made ahead and reheated in an office or medical practice kitchen microwave.
A two-cup serving of the nutrient-dense stew only includes 65 calories. We prefer it over a small amount of quinoa for the gluten-free complete protein it provides. One- half cup cooked quinoa only includes about 110 calories.
This vegetable stew keeps well in the refrigerator for three to four days.  We most always keep pre-cooked quinoa in the Biosyntrx test kitchen refrigerator. 
 
Ingredients
2 eggplants, peeled or unpeeled, and cut into 2-inch cubes
4 small zucchini, sliced 
3 small summer squash, sliced
12 ounces sliced mushrooms
4-5 cloves of garlic, crushed 
1 large onion, chopped coarse
2 15-ounce cans of good quality diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons of olive oil 
1 can of chickpeas
spices and salt and pepper to taste 
Fresh basil or cilantro garnish, your preference
 
Directions
In a large pot (about 10-12 quarts), add olive oil, garlic and onion.
Cover and cook over medium flame about 5-10 minutes, then add mushrooms. Continue cooking, 5-10 minutes more, then and add tomatoes.
When the mixture begins to bubble, add eggplant, reduce heat, and simmer for about 20 minutes, then add the zucchini, squash, chickpeas and dried spices.* Continue cooking for approximately 20 minutes longer until all the vegetables are tender. 
Plate with fresh basil or cilantro. 
Number of generous servings: 8-10
Stew nutrients:  Vitamins: A, B1, B3, B5, B6, B12, folate, C, D, and E. Minerals: calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, manganese, and iron. 
 
*Red chili powder, red pepper flacks, or any other spice you prefer to taste.  We prefer hot Hatch chili powder and flakes from New Mexico, but we have a source since our customer service representative, Sabrina Farmer, was from New Mexico, traveled back and forth frequently and left us with a good supply.    
Hatch chili powder and flakes can also be ordered online here. 
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