Middle Eastern Vegetable Medley

Middle Eastern Vegetable Medley


2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
1 medium zucchini, sliced
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
3 large tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/4 cup (50 ml) white wine
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme,
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 teaspoon crushed red chili peppers
1 can chick peas (19 oz/540 ml), drained and washed
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


• In a large skillet, saute green peppers, zucchini, onion and garlic until vegetables are just tender.

• Stir in tomatoes, wine, thyme, marjoram and crushed red chili peppers. Simmer for 4-5 minutes.

• Add chick peas, salt and pepper, stirring constantly for couple minutes until heated through.

• Sprinkle with parsley and serve over couscous or wild rice.

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Did You Know?
Vegetarianism is the practice of following a plant-based diet including fruits, vegetables, cereal grains, nuts, and seeds, with or without dairy products and eggs. Vegetarianism may be adopted for ethical, health, environmental, religious, political, cultural, aesthetic, economic, or other reasons.

A vegetarian does not eat meat, including: red meat, game, poultry, fish, crustacea, shellfish, and products of animal slaughter such as animal-derived gelatin and rennet.

There are a number of vegetarian diets:

A lacto-vegetarian diet includes dairy products but excludes eggs;

An ovo-vegetarian diet includes eggs but not dairy products;

A lacto-ovo vegetarian diet includes both eggs and dairy products.

A vegan diet excludes all animal products, such as dairy products, eggs, and honey;

Semi-vegetarian diets consist largely of vegetarian foods, but may include fish, poultry, dairy products, and eggs. With these diets, the word "meat" is often defined as only mammalian flesh.

A pescetarian diet, for example, includes fish but no meat.

The common use confusion between such diets and vegetarianism has led vegetarian groups such as the Vegetarian Society to note that such fish or poultry-based diets are not vegetarian, because fish and birds are animals.