Rainbow veg stew

This veg-based dish on a rich tomato sauce can be made in just 3 simple steps; first roast the veg, then prepare the tomato sauce and finally add the bulgur. I have adapted the traditional Spanish recipe ('Pisto') to add extra nutrition, e.g. I have added vitamin and fibre rich beans and a wholegrain (bulgur). That way it becomes a source of all macronutrients, a complete meal. 

A vegetarian stew with 6 vegetables that feeds your gut microbes and is a pleasure to look at and eat.

Ingredients, Serves 4

  • 2 red peppers
  • 2 yellow peppers
  • 2 courgettes, diced
  • 1 medium turnip, diced
  • 2 aubergines, diced
  • 6 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • 2 large Spanish onions
  • 2 cans whole tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2tsp ground cumin
  • 2tbsp sweet paprika
  • 3 basil leaves
  • a chopped herb of your choice
  • 3 cups of bulgur wheat


1. Place all veggies in an oven tray and bake at 200degrees for 30-40minutes. Some veg have different cooking times than others so check regularly. Remove the skins of the peppers and diced.

2. Chop the onions and brown in olive oil. Add the canned tomatoes, beans and spices. Let it simmer at a low temperature for 15mins.

3. Cook the bulgur wheat according to instructions 4. Stir in the veg to the tomato sauce and check seasoning

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