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Colorful Vegetable Tian

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I saw the most incredible picture on the site Tastespotting. It was a deliciously colorful dish of vegetables and nothing but vegetables. It was artistic, it was flavorful and it was easy. If you are like myself, I sometimes tend to go overboard in the produce department during my weekly visit. I think 5 zucchini, 6 squash, 2 eggplants and a bag of peppers is just enough to find my entire family of 3 (the baby doesn’t count yet:) Not only is it always enough but it is always TOO MUCH! I don’t know what I think I am going to do with all these fresh produce, you would think I would learn my lesson but each week I go back for more produce- I AM ADDICTED~

With this produce addiction, I have learned to be very clever with my vegetable creations so as not to spark a “I told you so” comment from my husband each week. This is where the vegetable tain become like a pot of gold. It made me drool, made me jump right out of my seat and head to the kitchen and made me- MADE me- lick my fingers after each bite ( oh come on- you know you lick your fingers when there is something too good to resist on them!) A fork? Who needs a fork?

You can use just about any vegetable under the sun in this dish. There is no mistakes, there is no limits and there is no turning back. You are now responsible to make this vegetable tain since you have read this post. It’s your fault for reading- not mine:) In all seriousness this is the perfect side dish to accommodate an array of picky vegetable eaters from squash to peppers, potatoes, onions, eggplant. There has to be at least one veggie in this tain that your family and or guests will love!

Vegetable Tain
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large or 2 medium russet potatoes
  • 1 large squash
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 TBSP Spanish thyme
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 1 TBSP mustard
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt and pepper each
  • 1 TBSP freshly chopped basil or parsley
  • 2-3 TBSP Romano cheese
Instructions
  1. Saute the onion, garlic and red bell peppers in the olive oil for 5-6 minutes until slightly translucent. Place in the bottom of a round casserole dish or tart pan. Sprinkle with romano cheese and the basil.
  2. Slice the potatoes, tomatoes, squash and zucchini in round ¼ inch thick slices. In a large mixing bowl stir together the mustard, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper,paprika, thyme and oregano. Layer them alternatively in a circular motion on top of the onion mixture. Make sure to fit them in tightly and create a spiral. Bake at 350 covered with foil for 30-40 minutes, remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

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50 Comments

  1. Lena

    hi jessica, somebody just came over to my desk and saw this page i am looking at now and said’ wow! so colourful, so beautiful! i see tomatoes, cucumbers… ‘ i just said dont disturb me, i’m half way reading it! haha! but true, your veggie dish is looking spectacular and yes, the addition of eggplant is also a good one!

    06 . Aug . 2012
  2. jackie@marin mama cooks

    Love the colors in this dish and the fact that it’s full of vegetables. These vegetables would even taste wonderful topped on a pizza.

    06 . Aug . 2012
  3. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    What a lovely tian. Go overboard in the produce department? Nah, not me. (smile) Sometimes I’ve filled my cart before I even LEFT the product department. I’m their favorite customer. .
    Sam

    06 . Aug . 2012
  4. Jed Gray (sportsglutton)

    So colorful and a great balance to ingredients Jessica. I’m thinking I could even handle the squash and zucchini in there. 😉

    06 . Aug . 2012
  5. Kathleen

    This is really gorgeous! I love how healthy it is!!! Pinning right now 😉

    06 . Aug . 2012
  6. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    I saw and fell in love with this too. Now I guess I really do have to make it.

    06 . Aug . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      You saw it too! Wasn’t hers phenomenal? Cant wait to see yours if you do it!

      12 . Aug . 2012
  7. daphne

    I wouldn’t hv the patience to cut the vegetables like this so patiently!! But it looks so pretty. And i do like to know other ways of prepping veges so this is fantastic!

    06 . Aug . 2012
  8. Roz

    Jessica, what a beautiful, colorful, taste-teasing tain! I went crazy in the produce department today (yup, drove by myself for the first time today in 3 weeks), and just wanted to grab up every thing that summer is blessing us with. This tain chock full of veggies just screams summer freshness! YUM!

    06 . Aug . 2012
  9. Candace

    Gorgeous!!

    06 . Aug . 2012
  10. Helene

    Healthy and delicious, a perfect combo when the zucchinis in season. Would love a bite!

    07 . Aug . 2012
  11. Kelli H

    Girl these veggies are looking really good especially since I have started dieting and using veggies in different ways

    07 . Aug . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      So glad to hear from you kelli! I hope Maci is doing better and things have settled down a bit

      12 . Aug . 2012
  12. Linda

    Jessica, I so do the same! My fridge is bursting with veggies of all kind! I can never get enough and then I have too much!! This is a beautiful way to use various veggies. I could simply enjoy this as my meal!

    07 . Aug . 2012
  13. Eva Taylor

    You are so right, Jessica, that is a feast for the eyes, for sure. I would dot with goats cheese and it would make a perfect lunch. I have a lot of grilled eggplant left over from the weekend…sounds like I’ve found a mission for it.

    07 . Aug . 2012
  14. Bree

    Not only beautiful, but sounds amazing too. Way to go girl!

    07 . Aug . 2012
  15. yummychunklet

    Colorful indeed! And, I just purchased a large tart pan, so I can now enjoy the awesomeness of single large tarts! As opposed to my “I only have tartlet pans” misery.

    07 . Aug . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      So funny. I used to be the opposite of you. I had a large one but not the small ones. Glad i have both now because you really do need a different size depending on what you cook. However, i bet individual tains would be really cute for a dinner party.

      12 . Aug . 2012
  16. Sook

    Wow, what a colorful and healthy recipe!

    07 . Aug . 2012
  17. Geni

    What a gorgeous vegetarian dish for company and does look lick-your-fingers delicious! I have never heard of a tain. I kept thinking it was a type-o until I re-read it in the post. Now I am intrigued.

    07 . Aug . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      LOL! I thought the same thing when I saw it on tastespotting so I googled tain and it was real so I decided to give it a try! So glad I did!

      12 . Aug . 2012
  18. Kristy

    This is gorgeous and a meal in and of itself for me!

    07 . Aug . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      I know Kristy- right! I made it to go alongside some roasted chicken and I found myself just eating the tain and pushing the chicken aside!

      12 . Aug . 2012
  19. Kankana

    Love how colorful it looks 🙂 I bet it would be tasty too with all that vegetables in it!

    07 . Aug . 2012
  20. kitchen flavours

    Wow, what a knockout! Beautiful and looks so delicious too! I would gladly have a whole pan to myself! Really, I would!!!

    07 . Aug . 2012
  21. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    What a genius idea! I have to try this for sure…

    08 . Aug . 2012
  22. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    Belle, you always make the most beautiful looking food.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    08 . Aug . 2012
  23. Joanne

    Stunning, nutritious AND delicious!?!? Looks good to me!

    08 . Aug . 2012
  24. Melynda@MomsSundayCafe

    Wonderful, and I love the flavor combination of the seasonings. This is one of those dishes you can eat, dressed up a bit different everyday……thanks.

    08 . Aug . 2012
  25. Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate

    I love that you are addicted to produce! How great is that? And this dish looks great – I’m just imagining all the fiber-licious veggies I could fit into this. Too much fun!

    08 . Aug . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Oh the possibilities are endless with the different type of veggies you can use! So glad you stopped by!

      12 . Aug . 2012
  26. Baker Street

    After the luscious pudding last week I can totally see why this was on the menu today! Great recipe that would make for an exceptional meal.

    09 . Aug . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Oh Yes, I have to eat healthy sometimes! LOL!

      12 . Aug . 2012
  27. Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian

    Jessica, this looks delightful. Grocery shopping tomorrow and my toddler is already helping me make my produce list. Zucchini, eggplant and tomatoes definitely are on the list,

    09 . Aug . 2012
  28. Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian

    Jessica, this looks delightful. Grocery shopping tomorrow and my toddler is already helping me make my produce list. Zucchini, eggplant and tomatoes definitely are on the list.

    09 . Aug . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Your boy helps you with the list of fruits and veggies! Wow, i need to send my son to your house for some lessons. I mean he likes his fruits and veggies but if the boy had to make a list it would included cookies and popsicles! LOL!

      12 . Aug . 2012
  29. Tina (PinayInTexas)

    You made the ordinary vegetables turn into something really beautiful and delightful! Love it, Jessica!

    09 . Aug . 2012
  30. beti

    it looks so bright and delicious!

    09 . Aug . 2012
  31. val

    I’ve never seen anything more perfect than this.

    10 . Aug . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Your sweet! Blushing but I have seen something more beautiful- your coconut ice cream:)

      12 . Aug . 2012
  32. Balvinder

    That looks so pretty. Someone has rightly said that we eat with our eyes first. Great summer dish!

    10 . Aug . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Oh yes! You are right about that- always with my eyes:)

      12 . Aug . 2012
  33. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking

    A beautiful veggie tart Jessica.

    10 . Aug . 2012
  34. nancy at good food matters

    HI Jessica, I had forgotten about the simple elegance of vegetable tians–I so appreciate you presenting this beauty today. The sliced potatoes are key—they absorb much of the other vegetables juices and help to act as a crust.
    Healthful and delicious!

    11 . Aug . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      You always have the perfect way to describe my dishes. Do you want to write for me! LOL!

      12 . Aug . 2012
  35. Charles

    Looks lovely – I made something similar with courgette and tomato recently – I know just how addictive little tarts (or tains? I’m not familiar with that term – I’ll need to go look it up) like this are. It should ideally feed 4, but lol – my wife and I scoffed the whole lot in one sitting!

    13 . Aug . 2012
  36. Wizzy

    Simply gorgeous. My boys are not going to fuss to eat teir vegetables if I serve this!

    13 . Aug . 2012
  37. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Wow how beautiful! I love vegetable and this is one of most gorgeous vegetable dishes I’ve seen for sure!

    14 . Aug . 2012
  38. Biren @ Roti n Rice

    I have been wanting to make this but never got round to it. Yours look gorgeous! I also like the spices you used for this dish. The veges must be very tasty.

    22 . Aug . 2012
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