lemon and basil ratatouille with quinoa

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This meal comes together quite quickly and the fragrant and fresh lemon and basil flavour makes me dream of summer (despite the weather outside). The vegetables aren’t cooked for too long so that they retain some of their crispness.

for 2 portions:
2 big bell peppers
1 big zucchini
1 eggplant
2 tomatoes
1 big shallot
2 cloves of garlic
1 lemon
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
a bit of olive oil
a big handful of basil
1 teaspoon of dried italian herbs
a few sprinkles of chili (if you like a bit of spice)
1/4 teaspoon of cumin
salt and pepper to taste
100 g of quinoa

directions:

Thoroughly rinse the quinoa and cook according to instructions. Meanwhile, dice the onions and garlic and cut up the zucchini, bell peppers, eggplant and tomatoes into bite sized pieces. Heat a little bit of olive oil in a pan and add onions, garlic, eggplant and bell peppers. Stir frequently. I like adding a bit of water to prevent sticking and burning without needing a lot of oil. As the zuchhini takes a little bit less time to cook, add it in a bit later. Stir in the tomato paste and the spices. Grate the zest of one lemon. Add 3/4th of it to the pan, alongside with the chopped basil. Add a squeeze of lemon juice. If you like a stronger lemon flavour, add the rest of the lemon zest. About 2 minutes before the vegetables are done, add the tomatoes. Once they have become soft, the ratatouille is finished. Serve with the quinoa.

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