Caponata with Toasted Almonds

This flavorful eggplant dish can be served as an appetizer with crusty bread or as a topping to your favorite protein. Toasted slivered almonds add an enhanced flavor that brings out the natural sweetness in the vegetables.

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Caponata with Toasted Almonds

Recipe by Zachari Breeding, MS, RDN, LDN

 Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons (74 milliliters) olive oil
  • 4 cups (360 grams) eggplant, ½-inch cubes
  • 1 cup (125 grams) onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons (18 grams) garlic, minced
  • 14.5 ounces (411 grams) reduced-sodium canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons (55 grams) drained capers
  • 2 tablespoons (6 grams) fresh basil, chiffonade
  • ¾ cup (100 grams) almonds, sliced, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon (7 grams) kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon (2 grams) crushed red pepper flakes

Directions

In sauté pan, add olive oil and sauté eggplant, onion and garlic for 10 minutes; eggplant will have softened significantly and onions will be translucent. Add canned tomatoes, vinegar and capers; simmer 15 minutes until mixture has thickened. Add toasted almonds, basil, and season with salt and pepper flakes. Serves 4.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 cup (231 grams)

CALORIES 306; TOTAL FAT 24g; SAT. FAT 3g; CHOL. 0mg; SODIUM 818mg; CARB. 20g; FIBER 8g; SUGARS 7g; PROTEIN 8g; POTASSIUM 672mg; PHOSPHORUS 179mg

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Zach Breeding, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
Zach Breeding, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, is a Philadelphia-based registered dietitian nutritionist, professional chef and clinical dietitian of the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is the author of The Slice Plan: An Integrative Approach to a Healthy Lifestyle and a Better You. Connect with Zach on his website, The-Sage: Nutritious Solutions, and on Facebook and Twitter.