Tomato, Squash, and Red Pepper Gratin

Hands -on time: 30 min.

Photo: Johnny Autry

Total time: 1 hr. 12 min.

Serve with a salad of fresh greens.


5 teaspoons olive oil, divided

2 cups chopped red onion

1 ½ cups chopped red bell pepper

1 pound yellow squash, cut into ¼-inch thick slices ( about 3 ½ cups)

1 tablespoon minced garlic

½  cups cooked quinoa

 ½ cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided

1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

¾ teaspoon salt, divided

½  teaspoon black pepper

½  cup 2% reduced-fat milk

3 ounces aged Gruyere cheese, shredded (about ¾ cup)

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

cooking spray

1 ½ ounces French bread baguette, torn

1 (12 ounce) beefsteaks tomato, seeded and cut into 8 slices


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 4 teaspoons olive oil; swirl to coat. Add red onion; cook 3 minutes. Add bell pepper ; cook 2 minutes. Add squash and garlic; cook 4 minutes. Place vegetables mixture in a large bowl. Stir in cooked quinoa, ¼ cup basil, thyme, ½ teaspoon salt,and black pepper.
  3. Combine remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, milk, cheese, and eggs in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add milk mixture to vegetables mixture, stirring until just combined. Spoon mixture into an 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  4. Place bread in a food processor; pulse until coarse crumbs form. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add breadcrumbs; cook 3 minutes or until toasted. Arrange tomato evenly over vegetable mixture. Top evenly with breadcrumbs. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes or until topping is browned. Sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup basil.


Serves 6

CALORIES 235; FAT 12.1g; PROTEIN 12.2g; CARB 21.2g; FIBER 3.9g; CHOL 123mg; SODIUM 443mg.


Recipe adapted from Cooking Light magazine

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Stephanie Ouellette